If you’re a Toyota Tundra pickup truck or Toyota Sequoia SUV owner, tread carefully. There’s a newly discovered issue plaguing these two models that cause power steering failures. This is particularly dangerous while driving, especially at high speeds on highways. Find out if your particular Toyota Tundra or Sequoia model is affected by the recall.
What is the Toyota Tundra and Sequoia power steering recall?
According to CarScoops, an investigation discovered that the circlip holding the end stopper and oil seal in position on the power steering rack housing might have been improperly machined. The result is an oil leak and loss of power steering, a perilous thing to happen while driving. Toyota’s recall notice says one of the four pieces of equipment used to machine the groove where the circlip sits is to blame.
The automaker says the machine had damaged teeth on the cutting tool, which caused the issue. A nasty cut makes the circlip loose, or it doesn’t fit at all. Then because it isn’t in place to hold the end stopper and oil seal in position, problems occur. Is your Tundra or Sequoia model in danger of losing power steering?
Which Toyota Tundra and Sequoia models are affected by the recall?
This oil leak, power steering problem, and recall affect 22,462 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia units. Both are only for the 2021 and 2022 model years. If your model is older than that, you don’t need to worry. More specifically, only Tundra models produced between July 28, 2021, and October 25, 2021, are impacted. Additionally, only Sequoia models produced between August 5, 2021, and October 18, 2021, require repairs.
Secondly, another recall has also been issued for 151 Tundra and Sequoia models that received faulty service parts, ranging from 2007 to 2021 Tundras and 2008 to 2022 Sequoias. This recall also affects the power steering in the two Toyota models. Dealers will likely be able to repair both recalls at the same time. Wait to be notified about the recall, and make sure to ask about the other one when making an appointment. It’s unlikely you’re one of the 151, but better safe than sorry.
What to do if your power steering fails
If your Toyota Tundra or Sequoia model is affected by this recall, you might have to wait before it gets repaired. For those that have to continue driving it in the meantime, you may be wondering what to do if the power steering stops working. In the case of a power steering failure, you will still be able to steer the vehicle. However, it will become far more difficult to turn than ever before. In fact, for most people, it will require a lot of strength to turn in one direction or the other.
If this happens, the best thing to do is to pull over to a safe place and stop. It will be the most difficult if you’re on a highway, but coming to a gradual stop and activating your hazard lights should hopefully make room for you to get to the shoulder. Once safe on the roadside, it’s best to get a tow truck to your location. Driving without power steering can be very difficult and dangerous.
In conclusion, the Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia both have the same recall. This recall is for a power steering issue, which can be dangerous in the case of a failure while driving. A whopping total of 22,462 models are affected, so be sure to find out if yours is one of them. Dealers will repair all recalls for free but sometimes take time to get the right parts in stock. That’s why you should always contact your local dealer ASAP when a recall occurs.