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Pickup truck recall: Headlights could catch fire in 150K+ vehicles

If you own a pickup truck, it has been a somewhat difficult year. In July, GM recalled 400,000 trucks over exploding airbags. Tap or click here for details on this recall. Ford recalled 2.6 million vehicles in March, which included several Ranger models.

It is now Toyota’s turn to recall some vehicles. Luckily this one doesn’t include nearly as many as the other recalls, but it is severe. So, if you drive a Toyota Tundra that has halogen lights, you need to pay attention.

The latest recall spans just over 150,000 pickups. Read on to find out why it’s so dangerous and if your vehicle is impacted.

Here’s the backstory

If you drive a Toyota Tundra with model years from 2018 to 2021 and use halogen light bulbs, you are at serious risk of injury. After several reported incidents, it was determined that the halogen bulbs in the headlights could catch fire.

According to Consumer Reports, “Because of faulty wiring, both low- and high-beam headlights could illuminate at the same time.” This isn’t a good thing, as the bulbs could fail in the best-case scenario. If you are one of the unlucky few, the bulbs will overheat to the point where they catch fire.

What you should do next

Not turning on your headlights could buy you some time to get it fixed, but you must do so as soon as possible. To correct the problem, take your affected pickup to the nearest Toyota dealership, where the bulbs and faulty wiring will be fixed free of charge.

Toyota will also be contacting owners of affected vehicles through mail starting in October. That is still a long way off, so it’s best not to wait for the letter to arrive. Vehicle owners can also contact Toyota directly at 800-331-4331.

If you are unsure if you should take your pickup in for a check, use the NHTSA’s website to see if there are any open recalls or your specific vehicle. You only need the VIN, and if nothing is shown on the screen, your vehicle isn’t affected.

Tap or click here to get an alert if your vehicle is recalled with this free app.

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