Toyota recalls 160,000 Tacoma pickup trucks

(WXYZ) - Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling 160,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the spare tire could fall off.

The recall is only for Tacoma's from model years 2001 to 2004, and only concerns drivers in cold-weather states and in Canada

Toyota says, "When the trucks were made, the metal plate that keeps the spare tire in place was not coated with sufficient amounts of phosphate to counter rust build-up.

Over time and in limited cases, corrosion of the plate could cause it to break, causing the detachment of the spare tire, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. said in a statement on Wednesday.

The spare tire in these Tacoma models is stored beneath the trucks' bed.

Two accidents have been reported to Toyota involving vehicles following a Tacoma truck, but they did not result in injuries, a Toyota spokesman said.

The recall covers 150,000 trucks originally sold in 20 cold-weather U.S. states and 10,000 trucks in Canada, Toyota said.

Letters will go to the owners of the recalled vehicles in December, Toyota said.

Toyota dealers will replace the spare tire assembly, if necessary, without charge to Tacoma owners.

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