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3rd Gen Block Heater Recall

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Thumpr71, May 6, 2020.

  1. Jan 31, 2022 at 7:13 PM
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    gearcruncher

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    Highly suggest linking this thread over in the Canadain threads . Maybe even a sticky so the word gets out .
    I created a link . Hopefully other members see it
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/check-your-block-heater-to-prevent-fire.753638/

    I would hate to see another members truck burn or home for that matter
    This is a very serious issue

    I am plugged in 24/7 but its -50 below up here . If i dont plug in , my engine knocks hard for 20 minutes running synthetic oil in the engine , transmission and power steering
     
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  2. Jan 31, 2022 at 7:58 PM
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    Is Transport Canada also involved?
     
  3. Feb 1, 2022 at 6:47 AM
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    Yikes... Makes me think twice about plugging in! Just ran both VINs of our vehicles with block heaters (2020 Tacoma and 2021 Rav4), thankfully not coming up as part of this campaign. I have had both plugged in nightly for probably the last 2 months straight due to cold temps...

    A quick google didn't get me any results on where to find the block heater under the truck. Anyone checked theirs?
     
  4. Feb 1, 2022 at 7:03 AM
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    The block heater slides into a port or cavity in the block on the driver's side, near towards the firewall.
     
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  5. Feb 1, 2022 at 7:05 AM
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  6. Feb 1, 2022 at 7:46 AM
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    My 2018 VIN is not showing up as recalled for the block heater, nor have I received a letter yet. Somehow, I don’t have a warm fuzzy about not getting recalled.

    Is there anyone on this thread who has received the recall who also purchased from Crown Toyota in Winnipeg? Who knows, maybe Crown did the install correctly?
     
  7. Feb 1, 2022 at 9:22 AM
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    I looked at my neighbour's block heater cable, he has an 017.
    The cable is very thin, he hasn't replaced his under recall.
    On my 2021 TRD Sport there's a different cable, at least 1/2" thick.
     
  8. Feb 1, 2022 at 10:41 AM
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    Can you please post a pic of your cable. Thanks
     
  9. Feb 1, 2022 at 10:44 AM
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    Mine was plugged in overnight when we had a cold snap for almost a week last month. I dont have a recall on mine and no letter too. Hopefully all is good.
     
  10. Feb 1, 2022 at 2:44 PM
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  11. Feb 1, 2022 at 4:16 PM
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    Not today.
    Cold as tits, I'm not sticking my nose out again.
    Cable I have is the exact one that is sold by DEFA here:

    https://www.defa.com/ca/product/miniplug-cord-set/

    I hope it helps, can't take any better pictures than those.
     
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    Ty kindly! I'm going to get under this weekend and just check it's seated properly, etc., for at least some peace of mind....

    I have that same cable as well.
     
  13. Feb 3, 2022 at 8:26 AM
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    Thank you! My cable is different than yours. Yours looks beefier. My friend’s 2017 is on the recall list and we have the same cable. My 2016 is not on the list. So it must be the heating element that is being recalled. And we bought it at the same dealership that installed the block heaters.
     
  14. Feb 13, 2022 at 12:47 PM
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    @mrbeggins Have you made any progress with your case. Did your car insurance help you out? I checked my VIN on Toyota.ca and it is appaerently not affected. However they now have a big disclaimer notice at the VIN check.

    Tacoma Recall Notice.jpg
     
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  15. Feb 21, 2022 at 8:33 AM
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    Hey man,

    So I got mine oy
     
  16. Feb 21, 2022 at 6:28 PM
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    This recall is affecting thousands of toyota's across multiple years like all the way back to 2011 and models. Pretty sure its not how the block heater was installed. No known fixes that I've heard.
     
  17. Feb 21, 2022 at 8:54 PM
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    The fix is to remove the OEM block heater and install an aftermarket KATS heater that doesn't use the thru the bumper extension cord and doesn't catch on fire.
    https://www.etrailer.com/Vehicle-Heaters/Toyota/Tacoma/2019/KH11813.html
     
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  18. Feb 22, 2022 at 3:48 AM
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    That is potentially a good alternative. I for one would like to see what Toyota's solution is. Has anyone whose truck has been recalled gotten more information from Toyota on why the Toyota heater catches fire?
     
  19. Feb 22, 2022 at 5:30 AM
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    When my Prius caught fire in 2017 my insurance company took Toyota to court and lost. This was after I bought my Tacoma with another block heater and the dealership cut it off. I don’t think Toyota cares about finding a solution.
     
  20. Feb 22, 2022 at 6:44 AM
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    Damn. The hell with that. You’d think for how good these trucks are that Toyota would do the block heater right.
     

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