Toyota Recalls 22,000 Trucks, SUVs Over Faulty Tire Pressure Monitors

In yet another recall from beleaguered Toyota Motor (TM), the Japanese automaker is asking owners of about 22,000 trucks and sport-utility vehicles bring them in to have faulty tire pressure monitoring systems repaired, according to a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Vehicles affected by the recall include the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra from the 2008 through 2011 model years. The vehicles affected had Toyota-approved accessory wheels installed by dealers when the vehicles were sold new or at processing centers prior to shipment to dealers.

The tire pressure monitoring systems, which have become standard equipment on most cars sold in the U.S. in recent years, may fail to warn drivers when tire pressure has fallen below the level mandated by federal safety standards.

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The regulations require that tire pressure monitoring systems must illuminate a low tire pressure warning light not more than 20 minutes after the inflation pressure in one or more of the vehicle's tires is at least 25% below manufacturer's recommendations. Reduced tire pressure could lead to tire failure and a subsequent crash, according to the notice.

Toyota will reset the systems in most of the vehicles so they alert drivers as required. On FJ Cruiser models, the computer module that monitors tire pressure will be replaced because it can't be reset, The Detroit News reported.

Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons told the News that Toyota is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the tire pressure system recall.

The company hasn't yet determined when it will begin the recall. Vehicle owners may contact Toyota at 800-331-4331.

So far this year, Toyota has recalled about 2.5 million vehicles in five campaigns. During the last two years, the automaker recalled 11.8 million vehicles in the U.S., more than any other manufacturer.

Last month, Toyota recalled about 2.2 million vehicles to fix a defect suspected of causing unintended acceleration problems in Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. The defect, caused by either sticky gas pedal assemblies or accelerators that get trapped by floor mats, led to record fines against the automaker last year.

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