Toyota recalling 690,000 pickups for fire risk

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it is recalling 690,000 pickups because suspension parts could break and puncture fuel tanks.

The Japanese automaker said it is recalling its 2005-2011 Tacoma 4x4 and Tacoma Pre-Runner pickups because the rear suspension system contains leaf springs that could break due to stress and corrosion.

If this occurs and the vehicle continues to be operated, the broken spring could move out of position and contact surrounding components, Toyota said. If it contacts the fuel tank repeatedly, it could puncture the tank and cause a fuel leak. Fire could result.

Toyota said it is not aware of fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this problem.