Recall Alert: Toyota Tundra Has Flying Tonneau Covers
You can’t really call the Toyota Tundra the most popular full-size truck, but it certainly has a following. And in 2022, the pickup got quite an update. It lost its V8 engine and now rides on a new platform. When I got to drive the 2022 Toyota Tundra, I was honestly impressed by what it offers. But now, it looks like there’s a recall out for certain models.
Does the Toyota Tundra have a recall?
Recently, news broke that the 2022 and 2023 Tundra trucks have an active recall. This recall impacts about 130,000, and it could cause legitimate problems if you’re doing something like driving on the highway.
Apparently, Toyota Tundra models equipped with the tonneau cover are not entirely safe. The cover can potentially detach at speed, and that increases the risk of a crash or injury. Toyota has yet to come up with a fix, so it is currently advised to remove the cover.
Because this is a recall, it should be repaired at no cost once a fix is implemented. So while this is certainly inconvenient news, it’s not something you will have to pay out of pocket for. According to Cars.com, when a remedy becomes available, Toyota will notify impacted owners.
The 2023 Tundra is a competent truck
Although the Tundra is not as popular in terms of sales as the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, it does do what you would expect a full-size truck to do. It might be one of the only half-ton trucks without a V8, but its V6 does offer three different levels of potency.
The base SR trim gets 348 horsepower and 405 pound-foot of torque. Or, you can step up to 389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. If you’re wanting a hybrid truck, the 2023 Tundra also offers that. With the hybrid engine, you’ll see 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. And that is ample enough power to move a vehicle of this size.
When it comes to towing, the new Toyota Tundra can handle up to 12,000 lbs, and it can haul up to 1,940 lbs. That is slightly lower than some of the competition. But those numbers are still respectable.
The Tundra is comfortable
When I had the opportunity to test the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, I found the ride to be fairly comfortable. Now, that might be from all of the high-end materials, but this truck does ride on a coil-sprung rear suspension. And that is definitely an improvement in terms of ride quality when compared to a leaf-spring setup.
The 10-speed automatic transmission also did not waste time hunting for gears. And that is always a plus, especially while adjusting speed.
Of course, the Tundra Capstone does have a starting MSRP of over $70k, so it’s probably not the version of the Tundra most folks are going to get. But even lower trim levels can come fairly well-equipped.
Hopefully, Toyota is able to fix the tonneau cover issue soon. But it is unclear when that fix will come.