On trucks with LED headlights, the front turn signals might not be bright enough

Toyota is recalling 2018 through 2020 Tundra pickups equipped with LED headlights because their front turn signals may not be bright enough for other drivers to see.

Federal motor vehicle safety standards dictate how bright a vehicle’s external lights should be. Because of improperly installed wiring, more than 183,000 Tundra pickups have front turn signals that don’t meet those requirements.

Toyota dealers will remove and reinstall the wiring properly free of charge so that the turn signals are bright enough to meet federal standards for visibility.

Toyota declined to comment on whether it’s aware of any incidents or injuries due to this problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 183,397 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks manufactured between Feb. 22, 2017, through May 29, 2020, with LED headlights. Some of these trucks are still on dealer lots and will be repaired before they are sold, but the majority are in the hands of owners.

The problem: On certain Toyota Tundra trucks, the wiring harness that connects the front headlights and turn signals to the vehicle’s electrical system was improperly installed at the factory. Because of an error in written instructions used on the assembly line, the front turn signal bulbs were connected to the wrong wires in the harness and the bulbs do not fully illuminate, which means the vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108. A Toyota employee noticed the problem, which prompted the automaker to investigate.

The fix: Toyota dealers will rewire the wiring harness free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: This recall is expected to begin by Sept. 13, 2020, and Toyota will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail. Owners may also contact Toyota at 800-270-9371.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V410. Toyota’s number for this recall is 20TB12/20TA12.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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