Toyota Tacoma wins award, gets recalled same day

Named Mid-Sized Truck of Texas, 2016 Tacoma recalled to fix knee-bag

Published: October 14, 2015, 5:00 AM
Updated: October 15, 2015, 2:06 PM

2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

On the same day that it was named the Mid-Sized Truck of Texas, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma has also been named in a safety recall.

At the annual Texas Truck Rodeo event (which brings Texas auto journalists together to test a variety of new pickups, SUV and CUVs back to back on one day), members of the Texas Auto Writers Association’s (TAWA) voted the 2016 Tacoma tops in the mid-sized pickup category, praising its all-new powertrain, enhanced suspension tuning and off-road technology. In a release about receiving the award, Toyota further claimed the 2016 Tacoma impressed Texas journalists with its new 3.5-litre V6 and trophy-style design.

“As America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running, the recognition as Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas confirms our efforts to produce a great truck that will carry Tacoma’s legacy as the toughest, most durable truck in the segment,” said Mike Sweers, Tacoma chief engineer in the release.

The same day the awards were handed out, though, Toyota Motor Sales, USA announced it was conducting a safety recall of approximately 2016 Tacoma pickups (about 310 in total) over potential knee airbag problems.

According to Toyota, there exists the possibility that the driver’s knee airbag module could have been attached to the instrument panel with the wrong bolts at the Mexican Toyota plant in Baja California. The bolts could loosen over time, which would affect the performance of the airbag and could lead to serious injury in a crash situation.

Toyota will notify owners of potentially affected Tacomas by mail, asking them to return their pickups to Toyota dealerships who will inspect and fix affected pickups. Owners can also check and using the truck’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or by calling (800) 331-4331.