Toyota recalls 79,000 pickups; steps in bumper could break

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, Toyota logo on a car is seen at Toyota's headquarters building in Tokyo. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday, July 28, 2015 it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previous year, as sales struggled especially in the languishing Japanese market. Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota says it’s recalling about 79,000 Tundra pickup trucks in the U.S., Canada and Central America because steps in the rear bumpers could break.

The recall covers trucks from the 2016 and 2017 model years.

All have steps and reinforcement brackets in the bumpers that are made of resin.

Toyota says if the truck is backed into something, that could damage the step and it could break if a person steps on it, increasing the risk of injury.

Dealers will replace the resin reinforcement brackets with new ones that are made of steel. Owners will be notified by letter starting in mid-February.

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