Toyota Issues Recalls of Almost 134,000 SUVs, Trucks

Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2018-2019 Model Year Tacomas, 2008-2019 Model Year Land Cruisers, and 2008-2019 Model Year Lexus LX 570 vehicles in the United States.

Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2018-2019 Model Year Tacomas, 2008-2019 Model Year Land Cruisers and 2008-2019 Model Year Lexus LX 570 vehicles in the United States, the company announced Dec. 13.

The first recall involves approximately 89,700 Land Cruiser and LX 570 vehicles. The seat belt tension sensor for the front passenger occupant classification system could malfunction over time and cause the airbag warning light and the passenger airbag "OFF" indicator to light up. Toyota's recall notice also reports that the front passenger airbag, knee airbag, and passenger seat-mounted side airbag may be deactivated, posing an increased risk of injury to occupants should a crash occur.

Toyota is currently working on a fix for these problems and will notify owners by mid-February 2019.

The second recall involves approximately 44,000 2018-2019 Model Year Tacomas. A seal in certain brake master cylinders could become damaged over time and leak brake fluid internally due to improper manufacturing processes by a part supplier. The brake pedal feel could change and front brake performance could be reduced suddenly, both potentially leading to increased vehicle stopping distance and increased crash risk.

Toyota dealers will replace the brake master cylinder with a new one unaffected by this condition for all involved vehicles at no cost to consumers. The company will notify all owners of involved vehicles by first-class mail beginning in late January 2019.

For the latest Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles, Toyota said customers should check the status of their vehicle by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information at Safety recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at this NHTSA website.

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