Internal Fluid Leak in Brake Master Cylinder Prompts Toyota to Recall 2018 2019 Tacoma Vehicles
the leak can cause the brake pedal to travel to the floor, resulting in reduced braking performance
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Toyota Tacoma vehicles. Improper machining of the brake master cylinder may result in internal damage of one of the seals, affecting brake performance. A reduction of braking performance can cause a crash.
What's the problem?
The recall stems from three field reports of the brake pedal traveling all the way to the floor in June 2018. All three vehicles had less than 600 miles. Based upon an engineering analysis, the cause of the failure was determined to be a manufacturing problem that could cause the internal seals to break, resulting in internal fluid leakage and loss of braking performance.
About 44,121 vehicles are affected by this recall. Toyota estimates that 90% of these vehicles will develop the issue, necessitating the need for a recall. All vehicles currently held in dealer inventory have been blocked from sale until repaired.
What happens next?
Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace the brake master cylinder free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 21, 2019.
Owners who notice reduce braking performance and/or a brake pedal that travels further than expected should park their vehicles and contact Toyota. Loaner vehicles may be available for owners if their vehicles develop this condition or if they are uncomfortable driving their vehicles while the remedy is developed.
Owners may contact Toyota customer service at (888) 270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this recall are J16/J06.