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Design problem or user error? 2022 Toyota Tundra cracked seat after just 5k miles


The new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a ground up redesign, and it has had a rocky start to its first full-year on the market with turbo issues and a variety of other problems. Now, it seems the seat trim on the driver’s side where the seat controls rest is cracking. And it isn’t a small crack. A viewer emailed us to show his 2022 Toyota Tundra cracked seat after just 5k miles.

How did the 2022 Toyota Tundra cracked seat happen?

This crack is massive and is being caused by the way the owner, Dexter Ennis, is getting in and out of his truck. Basically, Ennis is sliding across the seat and putting body weight on the thin plastic as he drops to the ground. He had the part replaced after a discussion with the dealer. Ennis said the dealer agreed to a one-time replacement and have notified Toyota to keep an eye out for more problems.

You can see the crack from footage Ennis sent to us in the video below.

But, wait. There’s more! A few days later, we got another email from an owner with a similar problem.

Then, in the comments for the video, we read other accounts of different brands experiencing the same problem.

Now, some of the comments suggested Ennis is too heavy and his body weight is causing the problem. This can be said for the second owner as well. Both of these guys are in the 250-pounds range. While this is an interesting discussion, there shouldn’t be a weight limit to drive a new truck.

The other commonality between the owners is they both slide across the seat to get out. Some have suggested you should climb up and into the truck, then sit down thereby saving your seat and side bolstering.

The bottom line

This all leads to so many questions. Is this a user error due to sliding or a design flaw manufacturers need to address? How do you get into your truck? Are these things we should even be discussing when truck prices are soaring? Shouldn’t these new, pricey trucks hold up better than this? Let us know in the comments.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. John Swenson July 13, 2022

    Design problem. I should not have to sit in truck a certain way to prevent a part from braking.

  2. Franco July 30, 2022

    Definitely a design problem. Seeing it in Ontario, Canada too. A friend of mine (a mechanic) has one and same problem. User error??? Caaaamon, its a seat cover! That cover looks flimsy and cheap compared to previous generations. I haven’t heard of them ctacking.

  3. Tom Hill August 12, 2022

    I have a 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited. I also had the seat trim panel crack with less than 5K miles. The dealership replaced the piece with no hassle. Less than two days later, the panel had popped loose. The dealership reinstalled the panel. One month later the panel has popped out of alignment again and the dealership has ordered another part. The dealership also informed me that I was getting out of the truck putting pressure on the part. This is a faulty design.

  4. John Weiler August 13, 2022

    Mine broke today when I got out . The panel is whole, but the retaining clip broke. I will talk to Toyota when I have it serviced at 5K. It only has 1900 miles on it.


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