2003 Toyota Tacoma

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2003 Toyota Tacoma
Available in 12 styles:  2003 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Regular Cab 103.3" WB shown
Asking Price Range
$6,070–$17,546
Estimated MPG

17–22 city / 19–27 hwy

NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls

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Tacoma

TIRES:TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE

Recall number: 12V542000
Recall date: 11/23/2012

Problem Summary:

TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001 THROUGH 2004 TACOMA LIGHT TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 28, 2000, THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2004, AND ORIGINALLY SOLD, OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED, IN THE FOLLOWING COLD CLIMATE STATES WITH HIGH ROAD SALT USAGE: CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE SPARE TIRE IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES IS LOCATED UNDERNEATH THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE AND HELD BY A SPARE TIRE CARRIER. A LIFT PLATE ON THE CARRIER IS USED TO HELP RAISE, LOWER AND RETAIN THE TIRE. DURING ITS MANUFACTURE, THE LIFT PLATE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENTLY COATED WITH ANTI-CORROSION MATERIALS. IF THE PLATE IS INSUFFICIENTLY COATED AND THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED IN COLD CLIMATE REGIONS WHERE ROAD SALTS ARE FREQUENTLY USED, ROAD SPRAY CAN REACH THE CARRIER ASSEMBLY AND CORRODE THE LIFT PLATE.

Consequence:

CORROSION OF THE PLATE COULD CAUSE IT TO BREAK, WHICH COULD RESULT IN DETACHMENT OF THE SPARE TIRE FROM THE VEHICLE. DETACHMENT OF THE SPARE TIRE COULD RESULT IN A ROAD HAZARD WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

A REMEDY FOR THIS DEFECT IS CURRENTLY BEING DEVELOPED. TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS WHEN A REMEDY PLAN HAS BEEN FINALIZED. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THEIR TOYOTA DEALER OR THE TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1-800-331-4331.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 08/28/2000 and 08/27/2004.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 06E065000
Recall date: 07/17/2006

Problem Summary:

CERTAIN AJ MOTORSPORT COMBINATION LAMPS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. COMBINATION LAMPS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Consequence:

LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

AJ MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AJ MOTORSPORT AT 626-618-2026.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 07/31/2006.


EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall number: 06E026000
Recall date: 03/23/2006

Problem Summary:

CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Consequence:

WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Action:

PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 04/03/2006.


SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Recall number: 05V225000
Recall date: 05/17/2005

Problem Summary:

ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ISSUE IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINT, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SURFACE OF THE BALL OF THE JOINT MAY HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED. THE BALL JOINT MAY EVENTUALLY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE WEAR AND LOOSENESS, RESULTING IN INCREASED STEERING EFFORT.

Consequence:

THE LOWER BALL JOINT MAY SEPARATE FROM THE KNUCKLE CAUSING LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 5, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 07/05/2005.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 07/31/2001 and 12/23/2003.


FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Recall number: 03V189000
Recall date: 05/19/2003

Problem Summary:

ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, DURING SIDE IMPACT NCAP TEST (I.E. LINCAP TEST), A FLANGE AT THE REAR END OF THE DOUBLE CAB BODY DEFORMED AND INTERFERED WITH THE FUEL INLET HOSE THAT CONNECTS THE FUEL FILLER PIPE AND FUEL TANK, RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE FUEL INLET HOSE.

Consequence:

THIS DAMAGE COULD RESULT IN FUEL LEAKAGE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A FIRE IF IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUEL HOSE PROTECTOR ON THE BODY FLANGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JUNE 3, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 06/03/2003.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 09/19/2000 and 02/27/2003.


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