This one doesn't affect nearly as many vehicles, however—only about 8,000. "Most are in the supply chain or at the dealership," said Toyota safety spokesman Brian Lyons to TheCarConnection.com just after we posted an original version of this story. According to Lyons, by late next week the automaker will have an update as to how many are already in use by customers.
Lyons explained that NHTSA offices remained closed today due to weather in Washington, yet documentation still went out to dealership, causing a slight bit of confusion today as word first spread from dealerships to some news sources prior to the official recall announcement.
In affected vehicles, the Dana-supplied drive shaft could detach from the vehicle, potentially causing loss of control.
The only models covered are four-wheel-drive versions of the 2010 Tacoma, built between mid-December 2009 and early February 2010.
In our Bottom Line review of the 2010 Tacoma, TheCarConnection.com likes this mid-size truck in many respects, including its fuel-efficient base four-cylinder engine; simple, straightforward interior; reputation for toughness; and strong resale value. The relatively few criticisms include its bouncy ride, rather uncomfortable seats, and pricey V-6 models.
Up-to-date information on the Tacoma recall, along with the other Toyota recalls, is available on Toyota's recall page, or through the Toyota Customer Experience Center, at 800-331-4331.