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Toyota to recall some 2010 Tacomas, document says

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Toyota Motor will recall about 8,000 model-year 2010 Tacoma pickups in the United States because of a potential defect in front propeller shafts that may result in a loss of vehicle control.

In a document sent to U.S. dealers Thursday and obtained by Reuters, Toyota said the all-wheel-drive version of the 2010 Tacoma trucks may have a component containing cracks in the joint portion of the propeller shaft because of an "improper manufacturing process control."

The cracks may lead to the separation of the propeller shaft, and the separated shaft may come into contact with the road surface, potentially causing drivers to lose control of the vehicle, the document said.

The affected vehicles were produced from mid-December 2009 to early February, according to the document.

-- Reuters


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