Toyota Recalls 690,000 Tacoma Trucks; NHTSA Looks Into Sudden-Acceleration Claims on Corollas

(Los Angeles Times/MCT) —

Toyota is recalling 690,000 of its popular Tacoma pickup trucks due to a potential fire risk, the automaker announced Monday.

The recall affects Tacoma 4×4 and Pre-Runner models from 2005-11. A leaf in the rear suspension of these models can corrode and then crack, which might rupture the gas tank and start a fire, Toyota said.

No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this recall, Toyota said.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail, and Toyota dealers will fix the problem for free.

It was a rough Monday for Toyota.

On the same day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it is looking into claims from 163 owners of older Corolla models who say they’ve experienced unintended acceleration even when pressing on the brake pedal.

NHTSA will look into the issue on as many as 1.7 million Corollas from the 2006-10 model years to see whether there is a problem that warrants opening a formal investigation.

Toyota released a statement saying it will “cooperate fully” with any inquiry.

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