In early September 2021, Toyota announced that it was recalling over 158,000 Tundra pickup trucks over defective halogen headlights. Faulty wiring could cause the headlights to fail or, in some cases, overheat and catch fire. So far, nine instances of headlights catching fire have been reported. Here’s what Toyota customers should know about this recall and when they can expect to receive the recommended repairs.
Faulty Wiring Increasing Safety Risk
The issue lies in faulty wiring that incorrectly causes both the high- and low-beam bulbs to illuminate at the same time. If the beams stay on for long periods of time, they can fail, overheat, or even catch fire. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota has received 47 warranty claims and 18 field reports regarding this issue. The manufacturer is not aware of any reports of injuries associated with these headlight wiring defects.
Affected Vehicle Model Years
The defective wiring has been found in pickup trucks with halogen headlights. The vehicles impacted by this safety recall are all Toyota Tundra pickup trucks manufactured between June 6, 2017, and March 24, 2021. A total of 158,489 Tundra vehicles are affected by this headlight recall. Toyota will notify affected customers by mail, starting in early October. The dealerships should be prepared to perform the necessary recall repairs soon after.
Obtaining the Necessary Repairs
Once customers receive official notification of the recall by mail, they should schedule an appointment with their Toyota dealership to obtain the necessary repairs. The dealerships will replace the defective wiring at no cost to the customer. Until you’ve received the recall repair, avoid leaving your headlights on for prolonged periods of time as much as possible to reduce the risk of overheating.
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