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Toyota Recall: 2022-2023 Tacoma Child Seat Anchors Could Fail

Toyota announced a safety recall for more than 75,000 of its new Tacomas in the U.S. after discovering an issue with the child seat anchors.

About 75,400 Toyota Tacomas have a faulty design in their child safety seat anchors, the automaker announced on July 21. Affected 2022-2023 models of Toyota’s popular truck could display faulty child seat anchors that may fail in a crash, the company said.

The upper child seat anchors of the trucks “may not have been welded sufficiently and may not meet minimum strength requirements.” That means the child seat is more likely to move during an accident, increasing the chance of injury.

Any truck that failed to meet minimum strength requirements for child seats would violate U.S. safety regulations.

Toyota said it’s working on a fix for the problem. Once it finalizes the solution, it will then notify the affected truck owners to bring their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for repair. The carmaker said it will contact owners by mid-September 2022.

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The new recall follows an earlier pullback for the brand this summer. In June, Toyota recalled 2,700 of its first mass-produced electric vehicles over a concern that the wheels could come loose.

The new child seat safety concern doesn’t mark the first time Toyota has recalled the Tacoma. In 2018, the company issued two voluntary safety recalls that affected more than 130,000 trucks and SUVs. Affected vehicles included the Tacoma, Land Cruiser, and the Lexus LX 570. In that case, the recall affected models spanning more than a decade.

If your vehicle could be affected by the latest recall, visit Toyota’s recall page or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) or license plate information to find out if your vehicle needs repairs.

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