Toyota announced this week that it’s officially recalling 73,000 of its 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks. Unlike most of the recalls sweeping the auto industry recently, this one does not involve Takata airbags. Instead, Toyota is blaming some cruddy bumpers it installed on the cars.
“The involved vehicles are equipped with resin rear step bumpers and resin reinforcement brackets at each corner,” Toyota said this week. “In the event of an impact to the corner of the bumper, the resin bracket may become damaged but not be noticed. If a person steps on the corner of the bumper that is damaged, a portion of it may break away, increasing the risk of injury.”
That’s bad for a lot of reasons. First, when you buy a pickup you pretty much assume you can get up on the bumper all you want, hammer in hand, boots on your feet. Sucks that doing so might cause you to crush right through it.
The good news is Toyota is going to replace the junky brackets with steel ones instead, “at no cost to customers.” Toyota is also going to replace the rear bumper tread covers. Tundra owners included in the recall will get a notification via snail mail next month. No standing on the bumper until then. Hit the source for more info, including a link to check if your Tundra is included in the recall.