By David Thomas on June 28, 2006
When it comes to recalls it’s always important to get the facts straight. Rumors earlier today on another automotive blog caught our attention about possible problems with the popular 2007 FJ Cruiser’s wheel and tire assembly. We quickly contacted Toyota about the blog post and got the skinny.
On June 26, Toyota filed a recall notice with NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which handles recalls) regarding a problem with the tire mounting that could damage the beading inside the tire. NHTSA updates its recalls weekly, and the FJ recall is not listed in the most recent notice, dated June 29. The bead is an integral part of the tire that connects the actual rubber to the wheel.
Toyota discovered the problem through its own quality-control process, and no injuries or defects have been reported by owners. Toyota outsources tire mounting for the FJ to another company.
A mailing will go out July 5 to all 9,000 affected owners. The vehicles in question are equipped with Bridgestone Duelers and Dunlop Grandtrek tires. All affected vehicles will have their tires replaced, and owners should schedule service with their dealership.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David