Toyota Tacoma brake drum and axle problems lawsuit.
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Problems With Your 2016-2018 Toyota Tacoma Brake Drums - Read About This Axle Problem

A new lawsuit alleges that Toyota is selling defective axles on the current Tacoma that creates rear brake drum issues for owners.
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A new lawsuit alleges that Toyota incorrectly manufactured rear axles for the 2016-2018 Toyota Tacoma. The problem manifests itself as out of balance or out of round brake drums. As every Tacoma owner knows, the Taco does not have rear disk brakes.

The story goes that Toyota, in its haste to push parts out the door to meet exploding demand, did not properly validate parts for the current generation Tacoma. Some axles were manufactured incorrectly and installed on trucks that owners are just now finding have problems that are hard to diagnose and hard to remedy.

William J. Johnson alleges that he has information that suggests Toyota is knowingly providing these problematic parts. He has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and is represented by the Hanson Law Firm and the Consumer Law Group of California.

Mr. Johnson says that after multiple attempts to correct his out of round rear brake drums Toyota tried to change the axle. The new axle also was defective according to Johnson. In his frustration, Johnson asked Toyota to buy back the truck, which he paid nearly $39,000 for. Toyota refused.

Citing safety concerns, Johnson asks that Toyota pay damages, stop selling the possibly defective 2018 Tacomas, remove the defective axles from inventory, and inform dealers and consumers about the bent rear axles.

This is just the latest in a series of issues including transmission problems and universal joint and prop shaft issues that owners of current generation Tacomas have complained about.

Hat tip to CarComplaints.com for the story lead.


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I just bought 2019 Tacoma and drove for 3 day and brakes cavitate or shudder instantly. No disclosure from dealer. Shame on me for not knowing. Shame on Santa Margarita Toyota for knowing and not disclosing. I drive about 600 miles for relocation this week and call dealer and tell him point blank, brakes shudder at hard stop and downhill. He played dumb. Said maybe I should take to dealer and check out. I take it to dealer today and they run VIN. It has a laundry list of repair from play dumb dealer with axle repairs at 15 miles and they said nothing. I left out all my dummy lights are coming on on my dash and Toyota couldn't replicate. So I have monkeys with greasy hands driving my new truck and gas hard trying to replicate? They already know.! They resurfaced my brand new warped drums? Turned off dummy lights and sent me on my way.
My 2019 tacoma sport has done it since day 1. When I reported it to my dealership, they required that I drive it for at least 1,500 miles before Toyota would even consider looking at it. I did that and have had it in the shop two times. Each of which they said they fixed it, but did not correct anything concerning the issue. I brought it in the third time and brought to their attention the TSB and lawsuit pertaining to the bent rear axles. Amazingly, they said mine was a part of that TSB and they would have to replace the rear axle in the unit. I told them I want out of this defective unit and out of that lease agreement and at this point I am still waiting on a solution
Toyota issued a revised TSB that was supposed to list all the affected vehicles by VIN. Wrong. Vehicles are still turning up with the bad axles and OUTSIDE of the run of VINs listed in the TSB.
This is the second 2018 Tacoma truck I purchased that has the same issue. I’m currently dealing with Eastern Shore Toyota to resolve the issue, but the told me they don’t know how to fix it. Rear braking issue.
Same issue. Just bought a brand new tacoma 2019 and the shutter and brake pulse is occurring. In the shop trying to get it fixed. Toyota Canada will do nothing.
Sorry to hear about your Toyota Tacoma issue, I feel your frustration. Yes, I purchased two brand new Toyota Tacoma’s from the same dealership and had the same issue with both vehicles. My solution for the problem is arbitration, or trade it in on a Ford 150 xlt crew cab like I did. Good luck, Troy 06/19/2019
Purchased a 2018 Tacoma in August of last year. Brakes began vibrating when used at high speed around 20,000 miles. Dealer turned front brake disks with no effect. Returned and dealer said they turned the rear brake drums. At 25,000 miles, no issues. We'll see.
bought my 2017 Toyota Tacoma almost 2 year ago! At 10,000 check up, I told the that the brakes would shudder when going down hill. They said they looked at it and found nothing. Today, I took it for my 15,000 mile checkup and once again complained about the braking issue. The service attendant asked me to come back and look at the brake pads. They showed that it was rusting, and their excuse that it was not driven enough????? What??? It has 15,000 in less than two years! I asked if it was covered by warranty and they said no, it was a wear and tear item! I asked WHAT WEAR??? I said this was obviously a defective pad since it wore out so quickly. They said no, and that I could continue to drive it until the pads needs replaced!! Wow!!! I even got the extended warranty from Price Toyota!! What a joke!!
The exact same thing is happening with my brand new 2019 Tacoma and the dealers did acknowledge the brakes vibrating at low speeds and they determined defective axles were the issue. I picked up my truck today and while it’s improved there’s still a slight shudder at low speeds so I called the law firm representing you to see if the lawsuit is still pending and I’m now waiting for their call.
The exact same thing is happening with my brand new 2019 Tacoma and the dealers did acknowledge the brakes vibrating at low speeds and they determined defective axles were the issue. I picked up my truck today and while it’s improved there’s still a slight shudder at low speeds so I called the law firm representing you to see if the lawsuit is still pending and I’m now waiting for their call.
My 2019 Tacoma TRD has shuddered when applying brakes from day 1 and 11500 miles later still not repaired. I was told normal for the truck. Today at Hendrick Toyota trying again. I do know the shudder is coming from the rear end because I can duplicate by slowly pulling up emergency brake and the shudder starts without me touching the brake pedal. Maybe I need to be in a lawsuit also. Any help would be appreciated
I purchased a 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport back in March of 2019. It is currently at the dealership for the second time for this same vibration/pulsation that shakes the whole truck when applying the brakes on highway and now back roads as well. I have also felt the shuddering from day one when coming to a stop, but thought that it was just a characteristic of the truck since this is my first truck purchase. The harder, more prominent, vibration/pulsation that is happening now did not start until a couple weeks ago. My first trip to the dealership they mentioned the open TSB and replaced the rear drums. I was about a mile down the road and noticed the sensation has become worse. It is currently back at the dealership and I am waiting for a reply. They gave me an 2019 SR5 model Tacoma to drive as a loaner, and it is doing the same thing with significantly less miles on it. Is the Class Action suite available for those of us with 2019s? Or has a new one been started anywhere else for this year and up?
I own a 2018 Tacoma 4x4OffRoad. I have 15,400 miles on it & was recently pulled over by a CHP officer who informed me that my left rear tire had a noticeable wobble while driving at moderate highway speeds. I brought it in to One Toyota of Oakland to have the issue diagnosed. The following day I received a call & was explained that the left rear drum had slighly warped due to excessive heat & rust. I tow a 19' boston whaler boat occasionally but dont believe such a load at short distances would cause excessive wear & heat especially at the rear drum brakes. The mention of rust though, was not in my favor. My appointment intensified when I was informed that toyota would not honor their warranty on such condition since I had an aftermarket airbag lift kit installed on my suspension which voided any coverage on brakes & suspension. Frustrated I left the dealership & am currently finding solutions to get a pair of new OEM rear drum brake kits & have them installed. I figure trying to fight a corporate giant like toyota may be futile especially with 2 unfavorable issues (rust & aftermarket air bag lift kits) however if a class action suit ensues, I'll be on the lookout for a claim / settlement. That's that Anyone who has any feedback or insight please reply!
2019 Tacoma - same shudder - almost always did it. It is likely the rear end. The rear end on 3rd gen Tacoma is Hino Motors Thailand garbage - they stopped buying them from Dana Corp in favor of higher corporate profits with lower quality. I and others all experience howling/wirring noise from rear end differential. I had differential already replaced once and noise is coming back - the rear ends on these trucks are complete GARBAGE!
Having same issues on a 2017. Taken to dealer twice to be fixed. Said issue was “normal”. Feels like truck has lopsided wheels when slowing down while braking.