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Toyota to recall 123,000 Tacoma pickups in U.S.

DETROIT, June 27, 2003; Reuters reported that Toyota Motor Corp. will recall 123,360 Tacoma pickups to fix a part that could cause a fuel leak in a crash, federal safety officials said on Friday.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall of 2001 through 2003 Tacoma double-cab pickups was due to a problem uncovered during crash testing. A part of the double-cab body hit the hose that connects the fuel tank to the fuel filler pipe, damaging the hose.

Toyota will install a fuel hose protector to fix the problem.

The NHTSA also said Mitsubishi Motors Corp. would recall 43,649 Outlander sport utility vehicles to inspect for signs of water seeping into the front floorboard area. If water gets in, it can corrode electrical lines controlling air bags, seat belts or brakes.