Toyota Tundra recalled over fire-prone headlamps

2022 Toyota Tundra Recall

Item Affected: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Date Announced: 04/27/2022

Description of Recall:

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2022 Tundra vehicles equipped with a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) system. The parking assist electronic control unit (ECU) software may prevent transmission of the rearview camera signal during cold weather, preventing the rearview image from displaying. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 111, "Rear Visibility."

Action Need To Fix It:

Dealers will reprogram the parking assist ECU software, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed June 2, 2022. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is 22TA04. FIND YOUR LOCAL Toyota Service Center

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Should Toyota Tundra owners be concerned?

This 2022 Toyota Tundra recall shouldn’t be too much of a concern as summer temperatures arrive. But it is a bit of a hassle. While reviewing the new Tundra, we were happy to have the camera views to simplify maneuvering the beast in tight areas. 

Plus, as the Tundra leaves drivers without the ability to see what is behind them while in reverse, this camera failure violates federal safety standards. 

While the Toyota Tundra was investigated for effects of cold weather on the camera systems, engineers discovered that cameral signal voltage exceeded the ECU’s threshold. As a result, the transmission signal was lost. 

Toyota Tundra owners with cameras at risk will be notified about this recall beginning May 30, 2022, via mail. You will need to take your Tundra in for maintenance, and the parking assist ECU software will be reprogrammed. 

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