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Toyota recalls Tacomas over V-6 engine woes

Over 34,000 compact pickups from model years 2016 and 2017 affected

Published: June 2, 2017, 2:30 PM
Updated: June 6, 2017, 5:58 PM

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Toyota is recalling 2016 and 2017 model year Tacoma compact pickups powered by V-6 engines due to a crankshaft timing rotor that could cause the engine to run roughly or even stall.

On affected vehicles, the V-6’s engine crankshaft rotor may have been produced with excessive anti-corrosion coating, which could cause the crank position sensor to malfunction, which would in turn light up a Malfunction Indicator Light on the instrument cluster. The engine would run roughly, misfire and in some cases even stall out, which if it happened at higher speeds, might lead to a crash under some conditions.

The recall affects about 32,000 Tacomas in the US, and 2,398 in Canada, though only 2016 models are affected in Canada.

Toyota will be sending out letters in mid-July, asking owners to return vehicles to Toyota dealerships where the crank position sensors will be replaced with new ones with improved designs.

Tacoma owners can also check the status of their vehicles at toyota.ca/recall and entering their VIN. Alternatively, they can also call the Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at (888) 869-6828.