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Toyota Recalls 8,000 Tacoma Pickups

The automaker says the pickups' drive shafts may contain a component that developed cracks during manufacturing.
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TORRANCE, Calif. (


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is adding 8,000 Tacoma pickup trucks to the lists of vehicles it's recalling.

The automaker, which is reeling from quality control issues that have resulted in the recall of millions of other vehicles, announced late Friday that it would conduct a voluntary safety recall on a small production run of 2010 Tacoma four-wheel drive trucks.

Toyota said the front drive shaft on the pickups may include a component that has cracks. Dealers will inspect pickups from the production run. "Based upon the inspection results, in a limited number of cases, the front drive shaft may need to be replaced," Toyota said in a news release.

The recall comes on the back of auto-parts supplier

Dana Holding's

report to regulators that 34,000 drive shaft components it supplied to Toyota,

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may have cracks, according to


. Both Ford and Nissan have said the Dana parts do not pose a safety risk.

Earlier this week, Toyota announced the global recall of some 437,000 Prius hybrid cars because of braking problems.

And the automaker separately has recalled millions of other vehicles because of a floor mat problem and a separate sticking gas pedal problem.

Toyota shares closed Friday up $1.05 at $77.05.

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