The Toyota Way: 2023 Tundra Has Half as Many Recalls as the 2022
Toyota has made a company-wide mission of continuous improvement. This corporate philosophy is recorded in the 2001 pamphlet “The Toyota Way.” But if reading books isn’t your thing, you can just see this process in action with the drastic differences between the 2022 and 2023 Toyota Tundra recall numbers.
Are there any recalls on the 2022 Toyota Tundra?
Yes, Toyota issued six separate recalls for its all-new Tundra pickup truck. Issues included an electric parking brake not engaging, an axle shaft assembly detaching from the housing, and a failure of the backup camera.
Certain 2022 Toyota Tundras suffered a backup camera failure. In these trucks, when the driver shifted into reverse the infotainment screen accidentally showed the forward-facing trail camera instead of the rear-facing backup camera. It’s a slightly comical issue with serious safety ramifications. Toyota issued a recall to reprogram the computer of 31,428 trucks–according to the NHTSA. (Toyota recall 22TA07).
An even more serious safety recall for the 2022 Toyota Tundra was related to its axle shaft. After reports of the axle flange nuts loosening, and the entire axle sub-assembly detaching from the housing, Toyota recalled 46,176 trucks. It directed dealerships to inspect and tighten the flange nuts to prevent the axle from coming apart while driving and potentially causing a crash. (Toyota recall 22TA05).
The most dangerous recalled issue on the 2022 Toyota Tundra was its electric/hydraulic parking brake refusing to engage. The parking brake is also the emergency brake, so Toyota recalled 83,725 Tundras and Lexuses to reprogram the computer that was causing the malfunction. (Toyota recalls 22TA11 and 22LA04).
Are there any recalls on the 2023 Toyota Tundra
While Toyota addressed the problems causing three of its 2022 Tundra failures, three additional issues persist into the 2023 model year: The instrument panel going blank, an unlatching tonneau cover, and an inaccurate payload capacity sticker.
Some 2022 and 2023 Toyota Tundras with a factory-built tonneau cover are in danger of the cover flying open while driving. This is because its latches run the risk of opening up. The bad news is over 130,266 trucks may be affected. The good news is that owners can remove the dangerous pickup bed cover while Toyota engineers a replacement solution. (Toyota recalls 23TB03 and 23TA03).
A few Toyota Tundras were equipped with digital driver’s displays can have that LCD screen go blank. This robs the driver of important information such as check engine lights and a speedometer. Therefore, in February 2023 Toyota issued a recall for 8,989 Tundras (from both 2022 and 2023) to patch their software. (Toyota recall 23TA02).
Finally, it appears that Toyota did not update the payload capacity for some Tundras after it installed a bed liner. Because the door sticker of every vehicle must show its GVWR and payload capacity, Toyota issued a recall to update these stickers.
Toyota is improving the Tundra
Every fully redesigned vehicle suffers some problems. The Tundra is no exception. Twenty-two owners reported issues with their 2022 Toyota Tundra engines to the NHTSA. Some even said the twin-turbocharged V6 went into limp mode. Toyota tore down affected trucks to figure out what went wrong, then found a new supply for the malfunctioning turbocharger component. The automaker caught this problem so early, the NHTSA never demanded a recall.
What bodes well for Toyota is that its 2023 Tundra has half as many recalls as the 2022 truck, and no new problems. See how the two model years’ recalls stack up in the table below:
|Recall||2022 Toyota Tundra||2023 Toyota Tundra|
|Electric Parking Brake Doesn’t Engage||Yes||No|
|Axle Shaft Separates from Housing||Yes||No|
|Displays Front Camera While Reversing||Yes||No|
|Weight Capacity Label Inaccurate||Yes||Yes|
|Instrument Panel Display Goes Blank||Yes||Yes|
|Factory Tonneau Cover Unlatches||Yes||Yes|
Next, find out the most problematic used Toyota Tundra model years or learn more about third-generation Toyota Tundra problems in the video below: