Toyota recalls Tacoma over rear differential concerns

Over 240,000 named in recall about leaky diffs that could seize up

Published: April 27, 2017, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:10 PM

Toyota TRD Pro Trucks - Thanks to a combination of the special suspensions, skid plates, unique tires and modern electronics, the TRD Pro editions of the Tacoma and Tundra (no 4Runners were available) proved more than capable of crawling up and inching down slippery severe slopes and wailing through a high-speed slalom with equal aplomb.

Toyota is recalling over 240,000 Toyota Tacoma compact trucks from 2016 and 2017 to address an problem with the rear differential that could result in a loss of oil and the potential of a crash.

The problem arises from a rear differential that could be leaking oil. If the truck is continuously operated while that is happening, it could result in damage to the internal workings of the differential, which could result in increased rear end noise and decreased propulsion. If left unattended, the differential workings could seize up, which if it happens while the pickup is being driven, could result in loss of control and a potential crash.

The issue is estimated to affect about 15,000 vehicles in Canada and roughly 228,000 in the US, though Toyota is not aware of any incidents or injuries.

Owners will be notified by mail in mid-June to bring their Tacomas back to dealerships, which will inspect the rear differential for leaks. If not leaks are found, the fasteners will be replaced and properly torqued. If a leak is found, the carrier basket will be replaced along with the fasteners. If there is damage to the differential components, the entire rear differential carriage assembly will be replaced. All work will, of course, be performed at no charge to the owner.

Owners can also check the status of their vehicles at or by calling customer service at 800-331-4331.