A faulty crankshaft timing rotor could cause the truck to stall.
Toyota has issued a safety recall that applies to 32,000 Tacoma pickup trucks in the United States.
The recall only affects V6-powered examples from the 2016 and 2017 model years. Toyota explains the 3.5-liter six-cylinder's crankshaft timing rotor might have been produced with too much anti-corrosion coating. It could malfunction or fail completely, which could cause the engine to run poorly, misfire, or stall.
The issue sounds like it's mechanical, but Toyota is treating it as a safety problem. The power-assisted systems such as the brakes and the steering shut off when the engine stalls, which increases the risk of an accident, especially if it happens at high speeds. Toyota hasn't revealed whether any accidents or injuries have been blamed on the defect.
Luckily, the fix is simple: Toyota dealers will replace the crankshaft timing rotor in all affected trucks free of charge. Owners of vehicles covered by the recall will receive a notification via first-class mail next month, and the campaign will kick off shortly after.
Note: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro pictured. Photos by Drew Johnson.