Recall: 2002-2004 Tundra: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

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[FONT=&quot]NHTSA #: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]81519,81526,81525[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]TOYOTA
Model: TUNDRA
Model Year: 2002-2004
MFG Campaign #: 50J

Description: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Manufacturer that filed defect/noncompliance report: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Begin Date of MFG: 8/1/2001
End Date of MFG: 9/30/2003
Vehicle, Equipment, or Tire report: V

Number of units affected: 768,379
Date owner notified by MFG: 7/5/2005

Recall Initiator: ODI
MFG's of Recalled Vehicles/Products: TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

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

Corrective Summary: 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.

Recall Notes: TOYOTA RECALL NO. 50J. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).[/FONT]
 

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