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11/25/15 Toyota motor company (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 tundra, sequoia, corolla, corolla matrix and scion xb, 2008-2011 highlander and highlander hybrid, 2007 camry and camry hybrid, 2009 camry and camry hybrid, 2006-2011 rav4, 2006-2010 yaris, and 2009-2010 scion xd and pontiac vibe vehicles. during the manufacturing of the power window master switch (pwms), grease lubricant may have been inconsistently applied to the sliding electrical contacts.

If the sliding electrical contacts are not protected by lubricant, debris and moisture that get into the switch may cause a short circuit and the switch assembly may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the switch, applying a lubricant if no abnormality is found. if abnormality is found, the pwms circuit board will be replaced, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin december 20, 2015. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. toyota's number for this recall is c0m.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
11/17/14 Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 toyota avalon, camry, sienna, and highlander and model year 2015 lexus rx350 vehicles. fuel may leak from the one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace any of the suspect fuel delivery pipes free of charge. the recall began november 17, 2014. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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10/27/14 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 rav4, 2006-2010 yaris, 2008-2010 highlander, and 2009-2010 tacoma, corolla, corolla matrix and general motors pontiac vibe vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the steering column assembly contains electrical connections to the driver's airbag module housed in a spiral cable assembly, which includes a flexible flat cable (ffc). due to the shape and location of the ffc's retainer, the ffc could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned.

If the ffc is damaged, connectivity to the driver's air bag module could be lost and the air bag deactivated. the failure of the driver's air bag to deploy in the event of a crash that typically necessitates deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver.

Toyota will notify the toyota vehicle owners, and general motors will notify the pontiac vibe owners. toyota sent owners an interim notification letter in may 2014 to advise owners of the recall. toyota will mail owners a second letter when remedy parts are available. general motors sent pontiac vibe owners an interim letter on june 20, 2014 notifying them that parts are currently unavailable. general motors sent notices to the pontiac vibe owners on september 15, 2014, that a remedy is available. the recall began on october 27, 2014. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331. owners may contact general motors at 1-800-762-2737.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
11/04/13 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 highlander hybrid vehicles manufactured february 16, 2005, through july 29, 2010; and model year 2006-2008 lexus rx400h vehicles manufactured february 23, 2005, through december 2, 2008. the intelligent power module (ipm) inside the inverter module may contain transistors that have higher operating temperatures than the solder can support and the transistors may be heat damaged by the solder. if this occurs, various warning lamps, including the malfunction indicator lamp, slip indicator light, brake system warning light, and master warning light, will be illuminated on the instrument panel.

The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. it is possible that the hybrid system will shut down while the vehicle is being driven, causing the vehicle to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ipm free of charge. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331. vehicles that had their ipm replaced under recall 11v-342 are not affected by this campaign.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
11/05/12 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 camry, camry hybrid, rav4, corolla, corolla matrix, tundra, sequoia, highlander, highlander hybrid, yaris, scion xb, scion xd and pontiac vibe vehicles. the power window master switch assemblies in some of these vehicles were built using a less precise process for lubricating the internal components of the switch assemblies. irregularities in this lubrication process may cause the power window master switch assemblies to malfunction and overheat.

If the switch overheats, it may melt, possibly resulting in a fire.

Toyota will notify its owners, and dealers will inspect the switch and apply a special grease that inhibits heat build up or replace any switch damaged by the defect, free of charge. toyota owners that experience a problem with a switch should not attempt to make repairs, but should contact their toyota dealer or the toyota customer experience center at 1-800-331-4331. general motors will contact the pontiac vibe owners affected by this recall and gm dealers will inspect and repair switches as necessary. those owners may contact pontiac customer care at 1-800-762-2737.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
08/23/02 On sport utility vehicles, there is a breather hose that attaches to the nozzle of the on-board refueling vapor recovery (orvr) valve, which is located on the topside of the fuel tank. the breather hose is attached with a clamp, whose "tabs" face in the upward direction. when the vehicle was crashed under the new car assessment program (ncap) test (i.e., 35 mph frontal barrier crash), the clamp "tabs" contacted the underside of the body due to movement of the fuel tank, causing the nozzle to break.

In the worst case, nozzle breakage could result in fuel leakage if the vehicle rolls-over after a high speed frontal crash.

Dealers will rotate the specified clamp. owner notification began september 23, 2002. 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.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
07/30/01 Vehicle description: sport utiity vehicles. the reservoir filler cap of the brake master cylinder may induce a vacuum, introducing some air into the brake master cylinder reservoir. this could cause abnormal brake noise and increased pedal stroke when the brakes are applied.

The increased pedal stroke will lengthen the stopping distance of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will bleed the air from the brake lines and replace the reservoir filler cap. owner notification began july 30, 2001. 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.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/31/11 Engine Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004 avalon vehicles; 2004 and 2005 camry, camry solara, highlander, and sienna vehicles, 2006 highlander hybrid; 2004 and 2005 lexus es330 and rx330; and 2006 lexus rx400h vehicles manufactured from june 1, 2004 through march 31, 2005, equipped with the 1mz-fe or 3mz-fe engine. the amount of adhesive agent applied between the outer ring and the torsional rubber damper (inner ring) in the crankshaft pulley may be inadequate. if the adhesive is insufficient, there is a possibility that the outer ring may become misaligned and it may not properly rotate with the inner ring, causing noise and/or illumination of the battery discharge indicator light.

In some cases, the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley which could result in a loss of power steering and a sudden increase in steering effort, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will check the crankshaft pulley to identify whether it was produced by the u.s. supplier. if so, the dealer will replace the pulley with a new one at no charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during early january 2012. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
11/14/16 Brakes and Traction Control Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 highlander vehicles manufactured may 26, 2016, to september 16, 2016. the brake fluid level sensor may not be connected to the wire harness, preventing the sensor from detecting the brake fluid level. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 135, "light vehicle brake systems."

If the brake fluid level is low and is not detected, the braking performance may be decreased, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, connect the wire harness to the sensor, free of charge. the recall began november 14, 2016. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. toyota's number for this g03.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
05/07/15 Suspension and Steering Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2015 camry, camry hybrid, highlander, and highlander hybrid, and 2014-2015 rav4 vehicles. a component of the electric power steering (eps) electronic control unit (ecu) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.

An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the serial number of the eps ecu or steering column assembly. if the number is within the affected range, the eps ecu will be replaced, free of charge. the recall began on may 7, 2015. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
11/14/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016 highlander vehicles manufactured may 26, 2016, to september 16, 2016. the brake fluid level sensor may not be connected to the wire harness, preventing the sensor from detecting the brake fluid level. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 135, "light vehicle brake systems."

If the brake fluid level is low and is not detected, the braking performance may be decreased, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, connect the wire harness to the sensor, free of charge. the recall began november 14, 2016. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. toyota's number for this g03.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/29/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Southeast toyota distributors, llc (set) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 prius and corolla, 2009-2011 venza, 2006-2010 avalon, 2007-2010 fj cruiser, 2005-2011 sienna and sequoia, 2006-2011 tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, camry, highlander, tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 rav4 and 4runner. the affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.

Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.

Set will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. the recall is expected to began in january 2015. owners may contact set customer service at 1-866-405-4226.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
01/09/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008 highlander, highlander hybrid, and model year 2007-2008 rav4 vehicles. in the curtain shield airbag (csa) system, there are two sensors in the airbag sensor assembly which are designed to detect vehicle roll angle. if one of these sensors malfunctions, the airbag warning light (malfunction indicator light: mil) will illuminate and the roll detection system will be suspended; however, the airbag csa remains available in the event of a side crash. if both sensors fail nearly simultaneously after initial airbag system check, the csa and the seat belt pretensioner could be inadvertently activated.

Inadvertent activation of the csa and/or the seat belt pretensioner can cause injury to a vehicle occupant.

Toyota will replace the airbag sensor assembly with a new one containing improved roll rate sensors, free of charge. toyota intends to send an interim owner notification to owners early to mid-may, 2011 when sufficient parts and remedy becomes available. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota safety recall no. boe-b1e.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
01/05/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 highlander hybrid and lexus rx400h passenger cars manufactured from february 16, 2005, through august 30, 2006. a module inside the inverter module may contain inadequately soldered transistors that during high-load driving, may be damaged by heat caused by the large current. if this occurs, various warning lamps, including the malfunction indicator lamp, slip indicator light, brake system warning light, and master warning light, will be illuminated on the instrument panel.

The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. it is possible that the hybrid system will shut down while the vehicle is being driven, causing the vehicle to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota/lexus mailed an interim owner notification on july 19, 2011 to advise owners of this recall and the fact that they will receive a future notice when parts become available to complete repairs. toyota dealers will inspect the hybrid inverter production number to determine whether the inverter contains suspect transistors and replace the module free of charge. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
05/06/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 highlander, highlander hybrid, and model year 2004-2007 lexus rx330, rx350, and rx400h vehicles. if the forward retention clip used to secure the floor carpet cover, which is located in front of the center console, is not installed properly the cover may lean toward the accelerator pedal and interfere with the accelerator pedal arm.

If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may temporarily become stuck in a partially depressed position rather than return to the idle position. a stuck accelerator pedal may result in unintended and sustained vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Dealers will replace the floor carpet cover with a newly designed one free or charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during march 2011. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota safety recall boa lexus safety recall no. blc.owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
02/05/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 avalon, model year 2007-2010 camry, model year 2009-2010 corolla, corolla matrix, rav4, model year 2010 highlander, model year 2008-2010 sequoia, and model year 2007-2010 tundra vehicles. due to the manner in which the friction lever interacts with the sliding surface of the accelerator pedal inside the pedal sensor assembly, the sliding surface of the lever may become smooth during vehicle operation. in this condition, if condensation occurs on the surface, as may occur from heater operation (without a/c) when the pedal assembly is cold, the friction when the accelerator pedal is operated may increase, which may result in the accelerator pedal becoming harder to depress, slower to return, or, in the worst case, mechanically stuck in a partially depressed position.

The accelerator pedal may become hard to depress, slow to return to idle, or, in the worst case, mechanically stuck in a partially depressed position, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal which will allow the pedal to operate smoothly. gm will notify owners for the pontiac vibe please see 10v-018. this service will be performed free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin on february 5, 2010 and will be completed on march 15, 2010. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota safety recall no. aoa. owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
07/24/06 Electrical and Air Conditioning On certain sport utility and hybrid vehicles, the two retaining clips for the driver's side forward center console can become loose. if both clips separate from the floor carpet cover, the cover may lean toward the accelerator pedal, causing interference with the accelerator pedal rod.

This condition may interfere with the accelerator pedal returning to the idle position increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the two floor carpet cover retaining clips free of charge. the recall began on july 24, 2006, and should be completed by early september 2006. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Toyota recall no. 60f and lexus recall no. 6ld.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
09/29/17 Other Gulf states toyota, inc. (gst) is recalling certain 2017 toyota highlander and highlander hybrid vehicles equipped with accessory roof rail cross bars. the fasteners for the roof rails may not be torqued properly.

The roof rails may loosen and possibly detach from the vehicle, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

Gst will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and properly torque the fasteners, free of charge. the recall began september 29, 2017. owners may contact gst customer service at 1-800-444-1074. gst's number for this recall is 17r3.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
06/15/17 Other Gulf states toyota, inc. (gulf states) is recalling certain 2017 4runner , 86, avalon, camry, camry hybrid, corolla, corolla im, highlander, highlander hybrid, prius, prius c, rav4, rav4 hybrid, sienna and yaris vehicles. the spare tire air pressure was not adjusted to the proper pressure as stated on the tire pressure label.

A spare tire that is not inflated to the proper value may not perform as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.

Gulf states will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spare tires, adjusting their pressure as necessary, free of charge. the recall began june 15, 2017. owners may contact gulf states customer service at 1-800-444-1074. toyota's number for this recall is 17r2.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/14/16 Other Southeast toyota distributors, llc (set) is recalling certain model year 2016 toyota camry and highlander, 2015-2016 toyota tundra, scion fr-s, and tc vehicles. the load carrying capacity modification label may not reflect the correct added weight of the installed accessories. as a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard number 110, "tire selection and rims for passenger cars."

An incorrect label may lead an owner to overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Set will notify owners, and provide a corrected label for placement over the inaccurate label, free of charge. the recall began on july 14, 2016. owners may contact set customer service at 1-866-405-4226.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
07/14/14 Other Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 highlander vehicles manufactured april 23, 2014, through april 29, 2014. the affected vehicles may have a second row right-hand seat assembly that does not fully lock into the inboard seat track in the forward first, second and third adjusting positions. as such, these vehicles do not conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 207, "seating systems."

If the seat does not fully lock into the inboard seat track, the seat could move, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the second row right-hand seat, free of charge. the recall began in july 2014. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
05/21/14 Other Toyota is recalling certain model year 2013 highlander vehicles manufactured march 13, 2013, through august 6, 2013. in the affected vehicles, the second row left hand seat may not lock in place when positioned in the forward front or second adjusting position. as such, the vehicles do not conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 207, "seating systems."

If the seat does not lock into the seat track, there may be an increased risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the second row left hand seat so that it will lock into the seat track, free of charge. the recall began on may 21, 2014. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
03/17/14 Other Toyota is recalling certain model year 2014 highlander vehicles manufactured november 20, 2013, through january 18, 2014. the third row middle seat belt assembly might not have been properly secured to the vehicle floor anchorage during vehicle assembly. as such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 210, "seat belt assembly anchorages."

A seat belt that is not properly secured to its anchorage could increase the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row middle seat belt anchor, and, if necessary, properly secure it to the vehicle floor anchorage, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin in march 2014. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
09/18/09 Other Toyota is recalling 27,080 model year 2005 through 2010 passenger cars built from september 1, 2005 to may 4, 2009. these vehicles were not equipped with load carrying capacity modification labels which fails to conform with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, "tire selection and rims."

Incorrect load carrying capacity modification labels could result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners and provide them with a new, accurate label to be installed over the inaccurate label free of charge. the safety recall began on august 18, 2009. owners may contact toyota at 1-888-270-9371.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
12/10/08 Other Toyota is recalling 90,189 my 2008 highlander and highlander hybrid passenger vehicles equipped with a third row seat. these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208, "occupant crash protection." the non-driver designated seating positions (dsp) on these vehicles is equipped with seat belt assemblies that have a feature that converts the retractor from an emergency locking retractor (elr) to an automatic locking retractor (alr). the belts convert to the alr mode after the webbing has been fully withdrawn from the retractor. the system is designed so that as the belt is released into the retractor, the system remains in the alr mode so that a child restraint system (crs) can be tightly secured.

However, for the two third row dsp's on these vehicles, the alr mode deactivates before the webbing is fully retracted, so that it will not lock when certain rear-facing crs's that have a short seat belt routing path are installed in the vehicle. this can allow the seat belt webbing to spool out during normal driving maneuvers, which could affect the stability of a child restraint installed at those seating positions. as such, this could discourage the use of a child restraint and in the event of a crash, the child may not be adequately protected possibly resulting in injury.

Dealers will install a newly designed seat belt component free of charge. the recall is expected to begin on or about december 18, 2008. owners may contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota recall no. 80d.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
05/07/04 Other Certain sport utility vehicles have a child protection lock (cpl) system on both of the rear side doors. when an operator of the vehicle closes the door very hard with the cpl lever set to the lock position, there is a possibility that the lever may contact the body panel, causing the cpl lever to move into the unlock position.

This condition could allow the door to be opened with the inside while the operator believes that the cpl was activated. if the door were opened from the inside while the vehicle was in motion, an occupant could fall out and be injured.

Dealers will shorten the cpl lever. owner notification began may 7, 2004. owners should contact toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota recall no. ssc 40b.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

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Toyota Highlander Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.