The Toyota Tacoma has ranked as one of the leading multi-purpose vehicles and top pickup trucks for 16 years. Designed and built in the U.S. it has been a popular pickup truck throughout the country ever since then. While it’s been an excellent seller for all these years, the Tacoma hasn’t been without problems. The 2022 model is no exception. Issues range from nonfunctional airbags and faulty brakes issues, to vehicles rolling backwards and incorrectly welded child seats.
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Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) about the 2022 Toyota Tacoma are varied, affecting at least nine components or systems. The categories owners have listed their complaints under are Airbags, Electrical System, Powertrain, Seats, Seat Belts, Service Brakes, Vehicle Speed Control, Visibility, and Unknown or Other.
We are highlighting those that relate to accidents and safety issues.
There have also been two recalls, one for child seats that potentially affects the safety of tens of thousands of children. The second relates to illegible labels that could allow vehicles to be overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.
2022 Toyota Tacoma Complaint Summary
Number of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Forward Collision Avoidance
Airbag issues are always serious, especially when they don’t deploy. Right now, the NHTSA reports that tens of millions of Toyota Takata airbags are being recalled. The problem is that when airbags are exposed to high heat and humidity long-term they can cause them to explode when they are deployed. So, instead of saving lives, they are potentially causing injuries and death.
There have been numerous complaints about Toyota Takata airbags, so it’s no surprise that Tacoma owners are amongst them.
The first Toyota Tacoma airbag complaint was in July 2021 after the front airbags failed to deploy in an accident where the truck was rear-ended at 80 MPH. Additionally, the seat belt failed and the driver’s seat collapsed. The driver was badly injured and was in a Florida trauma unit for three weeks.
In December 2021, four people were injured when a Tacoma was rear-ended and none of its airbags deployed. The most recent complaint was in July 2022. Again, four people were injured when airbags didn’t deploy when a car hit the Tacoma.
So far there is only one complaint that relates to the 2022 model. In August 2022, a California resident was rear-ended at a stop light by a car going 45 mph. Yet again the air bag sensor went on but the airbags didn’t deploy. The sensor for the seatbelt was also on but the seatbelts didn’t lock.
Both the passenger and driver were injured and taken to the emergency room. The driver was told by the insurance company not to drive the car because it isn’t safe. In any case, he states that the car “is not drivable due to these sensors and life saving features not working.”
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Problems with the Brakes
Two different problems are described that relate to 2022 Tacoma brakes. One is that the brakes feel mushy and don’t work properly. The other is that the vehicle accelerates when the brake pedal is depressed.
An owner from Florida crashed because of the issue with the vehicle accelerating “while depressing the brake pedal.” His complaint states that the steering wheel locked and he wasn’t able to stop the vehicle. This ended up with him crashing into his neighbor’s house.
There were no injuries, but he contacted the police and filed a report.
An owner from Georgia states: “When starting, especially in the morning, my brake pedal is very mushy and goes very near the floor. When driving and have to break it sometimes goes down a little too far. The dealer said this was normal. I do not feel it is safe. I’ve never had a vehicle do this. If this is safe, I don’t want it.”
Problems with Vehicles Rolling Backwards
An Arizona owner reports that his Tacoma rolls backwards because Hill Assist disengages when the throttle is depressed. Light the Georgia owner who was told mushy brakes are normal, this owner was told his vehicle was operating “as designed.”
The first time this happened, he says he had a trailer in drive that “rolled backwards breaking a taillight in a jack-knife situation.” The dealership said there wasn’t a problem and refused to replace the tail light.
The next time he was in congested traffic “moving at a snail’s pace.” He was on a steep hill in stop-start traffic and when he slowly applied the throttle, “Hill Assist disengaged and the vehicle rolled backwards. Appling more throttle finally caused the transmission to engage. Now knowing how this occurred I was able to recreate (it) again and again.”
Again the dealer said there were no problems. Subsequently, he says, his wife has experienced the same problems. But they “told me that the vehicle operated as designed and no problems were found. They did tell me if I felt the vehicle was unsafe not to drive it. They indicated they would not provide documentation on the decision. Owners manual doesn’t indicate (that the) vehicle can roll backwards as Hill Assist disengages.”
The recall for child seats mentioned above was made on July 21, 2022. Potentially it affects 75,316 vehicles, all 2022 and 2023 Toyota Tacomas. The problem is that “an insufficient weld” may prevent the child seat from being properly anchored. This allows the seat to move if the vehicle stops suddenly or crashes, and increases the risk of injury.
While dealerships were notified immediately, owner notification letters were only scheduled for September 2, 2022.
There is only one complaint about seats, from an owner in Washington who had heard about the recall. Complaining that there was no remedy listed for the recall, he said no dealership would issue a loaner car.
“I have two small children that use my truck as their primary transportation because we are a one car family.”
“My children have no way to get to school because Toyota can not make reliable and safe vehicles.”
Your Lemon Law Rights
It’s impossible to identify what might be wrong with any vehicle before you buy it. But if you end up with a lemon, Lemberg Law can help you. There are various routes we can take. For instance, we can help you negotiate a settlement or a buy-back, depending on the circumstances.
Contact us on our Helpline so that we can assess your issues and advise what we recommend you do. It’s not going to cost you anything. Toyota will have to pay your legal fees.
What’s New for 2022?
There are two new mid-size Toyota Tacoma trucks that aim at different ends of the price range.
The design of the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro is for serious off-road usage. It is also the most expensive model available. Parts are designed and tested by the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) team, and Toyota warns that the model is not suitable for amateurs.
The 2022 Tacoma 4×4 Trail Edition, specifically designed for use on trails. Launched in 2021, the Trail Edition was originally based on the budget SR5 trim level. It featured several off-road features including lockable bed boxes. There is only one package for 2022, a 4×4 with a double cab.
What’s the fuel economy for the 2022 Toyota Tacoma?
There are two engine options for Toyota Tacoma trim levels:
2.7-liter cylinder engine that offers 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque
3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 278 hp and has more the double (265 lb-ft) of torque
There is also a choice between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with intelligence. Your choice varies with the various trim levels.
It stands to reason that the V6 is less fuel-efficient than the 4-cylinder engine, but what’s the difference?
The most fuel-efficient models, that get 21 MPG combined city and highway driving get 4.8 gals per 100 miles. They are:
The 2WD, 6-cylinder, 3.5-liter, automatic, that gets 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
The 2WD, 4-cylinder, 2.7-liter, automatic, that gets 20 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
Two models get 5 gals per 100 miles with 20 MPG when driving on the highway and in the city. They have the same specs as those above but are manual models.
The 6-cylinder model gets 18 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.
The 4-cylinder model gets 19 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.
Those that are heaviest on fuel get 5.6 gals per 100 miles. They only get 18 MPG with combined city and highway driving.
The 4WD, 6-cylinder, 3.5-liter, manual 6-speed gets 17 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway.
The 4WD double-cab MT TRD-ORP/PRO with 6 cylinders and a 3.5-liter, manual 6-speed model. It gets 17 MPG in the city and slightly less (20 MPG) on the highway.
What are the Trim Packages & Pricing for the 2022 Tacoma?
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is available in six trim levels, the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. These are the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) with notable features of each.
Projector-beam headlights. Deck rail system. Front dual-zone automatic climate control for the V6.
Integrated fog lights. 4-way power-adjustable driver’s, 10-way on V6. Front dual-control automatic climate control (V6).
Locking rear differential. 16-inch machined contrast allow wheels. Multi-terrain select with Crawl Control (CRAWL).
Panoramic view monitor with camera. Premium JBL audio with dynamic navigation. 18-inch polished alloy wheels.
TRD Pro $45,935
Machine-forged upper control arm. Heritage-inspired front grille with camera. 16-inch black alloy wheels.
What Technology does the 2022 Tacoma Have?
The tech features of the 2022 Tacoma depend on the trim. For instance, audio multimedia features vary a lot. But, even the basic SR comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system is Amazon Alexa compatible, and the phone has a hands-free capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, Sirius XM with a 3- month trial subscription.
The TRD Off-Road trim has the same offering except that it has an 8-inch touchscreen. The Limited has all this and more, including a 3-month trial of Premium Audio and Dynamic Navigation.
The smart key system on the driver and front passenger doors aren’t available on the SR or SR5 and any manual transmission vehicles.
There is wireless mobile device- and smartphone-charging on most trims except the SR and SR5. All models have three USB ports. One is a media port, and two are charge ports.
Some trims have a urethane tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls.
About the Author:
Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.