2012 Toyota 4Runner Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Magnetic Gray Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$20,653 - $26,750
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
270
Seats
5-7

How 2012 Toyota 4Runner Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.1Comfort 3.6Styling 3.6Value 3.3

Editor's Overview

Designed to go almost anywhere -- on road or off -- the 2012 Toyota 4Runner matches V6 power and body-on-frame design with available off-road climbing and crawling features. The Trail variant offers an optional Toyota Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, while the top-line Limited comes with auto-adjusting underpinnings. All 4Runners feature Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control.

Toyota 4Runner Models & Trims

chevronDown icon SR5 $20,653 - $24,659
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $22,679 - $26,750
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.67
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I really love my (new-to-me) Toyota 4Runner!

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I enjoy the amount of cargo space, as it is a nice upgrade from the Toyota Highlander I owned previously. The included XM satellite radio is awesome, and I gladly paid for a subscription after my free trial period ended. I also like the lighted cargo hold door and the lights on the exterior mirrors that glow when you unlock the car.

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The perfect SUV for someone wanting something reliable.

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The 4runner is an incredibly reliable car. Mine is now over 105, 000 miles and. It runs just as good as the day I bought it, even with me being late for oil changes by a couple hundred miles at times. The only drawback is it does not necessarily get good gas mileage but it makes up for it by offering a smooth ride.

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It's a four door very roomy vehicle. Great for family trips.

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Of course it an all wheel drive. Very safe for the winter. Very reliable and spacious for the family. Its a 3 row seating. I also enjoy the electronics as in the TV. It's very occupying for not just my child but his children as well. I also like that it's big but not intimidating when it comes to transporting.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$20,653 - $24,659
$22,679 - $26,750

Horsepower

Horsepower
270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L DOHC 24
4.0L DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
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Alarm

Alarm
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Optional
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 - 39.3 (in.)
38.6 - 39.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.9 (in.)
32.9 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.6 (in.)
38.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Not Available
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Not Available
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional
Optional
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P265/70R17
P245/60R20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.8 (in.)
109.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 (ft.)
37.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
189.9 (in.)
189.9 (in.)

Width

Width
75.8 (in.)
75.8 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4400 - 4675 (.lbs)
4525 - 4805 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
270 (hp)
270 (hp)

Torque

Torque
278 (ft. lbs.)
278 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
23 (gal.)
23 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
20 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Not Available
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch
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Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC) *
  • Traction control (TRAC) *
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Downhill assist control (DAC) *
  • Daytime running lights w/cutoff switch
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbag system
  • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Driver & front passenger knee airbags
  • 1st & 2nd row roll-sensing side curtain airbags w/cutoff switch *
  • Backup & clearance sonar
  • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions -inc: driver emergency locking retractor (ELR), automatic/emergency locking retractor (ALR/ELR) for all passenger positions, driver & front passenger pretensioners w/force limiters
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) in 2nd row outboard seating positions
  • Rear child-protector door locks & pwr window lockout
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • Safety Connect -inc: 1-year subscription, Mayday system

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (5)

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Air Bags Jan 9, 2019
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 9, 2019
NHTSA Campaign:
19V005000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Toyota 4Runner, 2014-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2014 Toyota Sienna, Lexus IS-F, and 2014-2017 Lexus GX460 vehicles sold, or ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Toyota is also recalling certain 2011-2013 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS250, IS350, 2011-2016 4Runner, 2011-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna, Lexus IS-F, 2011-2017 Lexus GX460, and 2011-2012 Lexus ES350 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Toyo...
Consequence:
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, or replace the air bag assembly. The recall began February 15, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are "Zone A" Toyota: G0P, Lexus: GLG; "Zone B" Toyota: G0R, Lexus GLH; "Zone C" Toyota: H0A, and Lexus: HLA.
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Equipment > Electrical Mar 22, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 22, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V120000
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 4RUNNER AND SIENNA VEHICLES, EQUIPPED WITH NON-ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT REMOTE ENGINE STARTERS. A MALFUNCTION IN THE AUDIOVOX ELECTRONICS BRAND REMOTE ENGINE STARTER MODULE CAN PREVENT NORMAL COMMUNICATION OF THE VEHICLE?S CONTROLLER AREA NETWORK (CAN).
Consequence:
IF THIS CONDITION OCCURS, ANTILOCK BRAKING AND STABILITY CONTROL MAY BE LOST, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH. DRIVERS SHOULD RECEIVE DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHTS WARNING THEM OF A MALFUNCTION.
Remedy:
GULF STATES TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REMOTE ENGINE STARTER WITH A NEW ONE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-444-1074.
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Engine And Engine Cooling Aug 3, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 3, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V577000
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runner vehicles manufactured September 3, 2009, to December 1, 2014. The affected vehicles may be equipped with accessory exhaust tips installed by SET or SET dealers that may contact people and possibly burn them while they are standing behind the vehicle.
Consequence:
Contact with an exhaust tip may result in personal injury.
Remedy:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will install a re-designed exhaust tip that is smaller in diameter and is more recessed behind the bumper, free of charge. The recall began September 15, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET16D.
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Structure, Equipment Jul 3, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 3, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V425000
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2011-2016 Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner vehicles equipped with accessory hood scoops installed by SET or SET dealers. The adhesive attaching the hood scoop may weaken, allowing the hood scoop to detach from the vehicle.
Consequence:
If the hood scoop detaches, it may become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will mechanically fasten the scoop to the hood, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 28, 2017. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-954-429-2000. SET's number for this recall is SET17B.
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Air Bags Jan 9, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 9, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V006000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2012 Toyota 4Runner, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sienna, Yaris, Scion xB, Lexus ES350, GX460, IS-F, IS250, IS350, IS250C, IS350C, and Lexus LFA vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Toyota is recalling certain 2009 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Yaris, Yaris HB, Scion xB, Pontiac Vibe, Lexus, ES350, IS250, IS350, and IS-F vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify the Toyota, Scion and Lexus owners. General Motors will contact the Pontiac owners. Depending on the model, dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or the air bag assembly, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners that parts are not yet available are expected to begin January 30, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. Toyota's numbers for interim notification for this campaign are G1P (Toyota Zone A), G1R (Toyota Zone B), H1A (Toyota Zone C), G2G (Lexus Zone A), G2H (Lexus Zone B) and H2A (Lexus Zone C). Toyota's numbers for final remedy for this campaign are G0P (Toyota Zone A), G0R (Toyota Zone B), H0A (Toyota Zone C), GLG (Lexus Zone A), GLH (Lexus Zone B) and HLA (Lexus Zone C).

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