Recall: 2004-2006 Tundra: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

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[FONT=&quot]NHTSA #: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]27434,27436,27439[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]TOYOTA
Model: TUNDRA
Model Year: 2004-2006
MFG Campaign #: 70B

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

Manufacturer that filed defect/noncompliance report: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Begin Date of MFG: 8/15/2003
End Date of MFG: 11/17/2006
Vehicle, Equipment, or Tire report: V

Number of units affected: 533,124
Date owner notified by MFG: 2/28/2007

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

Defect Summary: ON CERTAIN TRUCKS AND MINI VANS, DUE TO POSSIBLE IMPROPER FINISHING OF THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINT, SOME BALL JOINTS MAY EXPERIENCE AN INCIDENTAL DETERIORATION OF THE INTERNAL LUBRICATION. THIS MAY CAUSE THE BALL JOINT TO WEAR AND LOOSEN PREMATURELY, WHICH COULD RESULT IN INCREASED STEERING EFFORT, REDUCED VEHICLE SELF-CENTERING, AND NOISE IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION.

Consequence Summary: IN EXTREME CASES, IF THE VEHICLE IS CONTINUOUSLY OPERATED IN THIS CONDITION, THE LOWER BALL JOINT MAY SEPARATE FROM THE KNUCKLE AND COULD CAUSE A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.

Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINTS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 28, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Recall Notes: TOYOTA RECALL NO. 70B. SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT. 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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