- a total of 183,397 2018 through 2020 toyota tundras built between february 22, 2017, and may 29, 2020, are being recalled for dim front turn signals.
- the lights were incorrectly wired during assembly due to faulty instructions, toyota said.
- toyota will send letters to inform affected owners of the issue and will fix the problem free of charge.
not all recalls involve fire or faulty brakes. sometimes it's something as innocuous as a turn signal. that's where toyota currently finds itself. the automaker is recalling more than 183,000 2018 through 2020 toyota tundras for front turn signals that are not bright enough to meet federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) number 108.
having a turn signal that's not bright enough seems like a small problem that's a hassle to get fixed. but, as nhtsa notes, if the turn signals or hazard lights don't flash brightly enough, oncoming traffic might not realize a vehicle is turning, and that could increase the risk of a collision.
the issue is confined to vehicles with led headlight assemblies. during production, the instructions were incorrect and the bulbs were connected to the wrong portion of the wiring harness, toyota's notice to its dealers explains. the result is a bulb that doesn't illuminate as brightly as it should. a toyota employee noticed that the latest tundra's front turn signals were not as bright as other toyota vehicles and the automaker began an investigation.
toyota says it will notify all owners of tundras with the wiring harness error to take their vehicle to a dealer to have the issue fixed for free. meanwhile, owners of toyota tundra pickups from the 2018 through 2020 model years can check nhsta's recall site to see if their vehicle is affected.