Here's what owners need to know and what to do.
An all-new Toyota Tundra will be revealed in the very near future. That's the exciting news. The not as exciting and somewhat troublesome news is that the Japanese automaker has just issued a recall for the outgoing model from the 2018 through 2021 model year years. The reason? Their headlights could catch on fire. More than 158,000 examples are affected but only trucks equipped with halogen headlights are affected.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents provided by Toyota state the problem has to do with faulty wiring that illuminates both the high- and low-beam bulbs, which shouldn't be happening.
If they remain lit for too long, the bulbs can fail and, possibly, overheat and cause the headlight assembly to catch on fire. So far, Toyota is aware of 18 confirmed instances and 47 warranty claims. A total of nine trucks' headlights have caught on fire so far. The report makes no mention of any injuries or fatalities.
The fix is very simple. A dealer technician will replace the faulty wiring and, if necessary, any damaged section of the headlight assembly. This will of course be done completely free of charge. Affected owners are expected to be notified shortly, or they can go to the NHTSA website and enter their truck's VIN to see if they're on the list.
In the meantime, there's really nothing they can do but to wait for the recall to get underway. It's not like owners can avoid using their truck's headlights because that would mean not being able to drive them altogether. That's an unacceptable situation. But fortunately, Toyota took the initiative on this and appears to be moving quickly.
Tundra owners are an incredibly loyal bunch and we highly doubt this problem will generate any ill will towards the carmaker. And while they're at their local dealer, owners may even get the chance to check out the all-new model. But that's assuming they wait several months for repairs. The all-new 2022 Tundra is expected to be on sale by this time next year.