2022 Toyota Tundra Recalled
Nuts securing the rear axle sub-assembly could loosen or fall off
Toyota is recalling more than 46,000 Tundra and Tundra Hybrid pickup trucks from the 2022 model year because nuts that secure components in the rear axle assembly could loosen.
If a truck is operated with loosened nuts the driver may experience vibration, hear odd noises, and/or notice fluid leaking from the rear differential. In some cases, the nuts could fall off and part of the assembly could separate, which increases the risk of a crash.
According to documents provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota became aware of two vehicles that had missing nuts and separation of the rear axle assembly in March 2022.
Toyota investigated and found that the different components in the rear axle assembly were within the proper design specification and properly tightened when the vehicles were built. But it was determined that the nuts would loosen because the initial torque used to tighten the nuts was too low.
Vehicles recalled: 46,176 Toyota Tundra and Tundra Hybrids from the 2022 model year. These include 44,928 Tundras built between November 2, 2021, and June 13, 2022, and 1,248 Tundra Hybrids built between March 15, 2022, and June 7, 2022.
The problem: The nuts that secure components that make up the rear axle may loosen over time, and could fall off in some cases. This could cause components attached to the sides of the axle to separate. Toyota and its supplier evaluated changes to the process of pressing studs into the components and to the torque used to secure the nuts, and they issued new specifications in June 2022. Not all Tundras manufactured for 2022 are included in the recall because not all of them have the affected rear axle assembly.
The fix: Toyota dealers will inspect the rear axle assembly and, if necessary, tighten the specific nuts and replace any damaged axle-related components, free of charge to the customer.
How to contact the manufacturer: Toyota will notify owners via mail starting July 15, 2022. Owners of affected vehicles may call Toyota at 800-331-4331.
NHTSA campaign number: 22V445. Toyota’s number for the recall is 22TA05.
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Jon Linkov is the deputy auto editor at Consumer Reports. He has been with CR since 2002, covering varied automotive topics including buying and leasing, maintenance and repair, ownership, reliability, used cars, and electric vehicles. He manages CR’s lineup of special interest publications, hosts CR’s “Talking Cars” podcast, and writes and edits content for CR’s online and print products. An avid cyclist, Jon also enjoys driving his ’80s-era sports car and instructing at track days.Vehicles recalled: The problem:The fix: How to contact the manufacturer:NHTSA campaign number: Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall:Stay informed about recalls that might affect your vehicle by using our Car Recall Tracker. Create a free account now to become a CR member.