Important Toyota Tundra Recall Warning from Consumer Reports Could Save Your Child’s Life
Toyota Tundra Camera Feature Problem
Backing over a child after shifting into reverse is one of the biggest tragedies many parents face at home involving their vehicle. In fact, according to figures tallied just a few years ago, at least 50 children per week are injured by a car backing up with the driver failing to notice the impending accident just before it happens.
Therefore, one of the most useful newer features to our modern cars that plays a big role in safety for the family is that of a rear-view camera system that automatically presents a rear vehicle view as soon as the car is shifted into reverse. Which works well when it functions properly AND a driver is paying attention to his or her surroundings. But what if one of the two fails?
That’s the between-the-lines take-home message behind a recent warning from Consumer Reports automotive experts who report that many of the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s---including the Hybrid version---are being recalled because of a software glitch that is causing a front view image of the car to appear instead of the rear view when the truck is shifted into reverse.
According to CR experts:
“The recall involves models that are equipped with the Panoramic View Monitor system. According to the documents provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the software for the parking assist electronic control unit (ECU) was incorrectly programmed. As a result, when the gear selector is placed in Reverse the image that’s displayed on the multimedia screen may be from the front camera and not the backup camera in the rear of the truck. This can lead to a crash.”
Tundra Models Involved in the Recall
Vehicles recalled: 31,428 Toyota Tundra and Tundra Hybrids from the 2022 model year.
Tundra: 28,986 units built between Nov. 3, 2021, and July 12, 2022.
Tundra Hybrid: 2,442 units built between March 15, 2022, and June 8, 2022.
Toyota Tundra owners are advised to contact Toyota 800-331-4331. Mail notifications to Tundra owners are expected to begin on July 27, 2022. There is no charge for the fix at dealerships, which involves a reprogramming of the parking assist ECU.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your car is affected, simply log onto the NHTSA’s website and enter your car’s 17-digit VIN (vehicle identification number) to check. If you cannot find your VIN the website homepage offers advice on how to find it.
In addition, however, if your vehicle is not one listed under the recall, it is advisable to recheck periodically to ensure that their database is up to date.
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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