A problem with engine valve springs has prompted Toyota to issue a recall for approximately 4,000 2013-'14 Tacoma pickup trucks in the U.S. because potentially faulty springs could lead to engine failure.

(If there's a silver lining here perhaps the good news is that the problem isn't the floor mats, the gas pedal or sudden acceleration...)

The latest Tacoma recall in the U.S. is part of a larger, global recall of 33,000 Toyota vehicles, including the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Crown Comfort. The recall is expected to begin in December.

The U.S. recall involves only Tacoma pickups with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine.

"In the involved vehicles, engine valve springs made by one of two suppliers could develop cracks and break over time due to improper maintenance of manufacturing equipment used to make the part," said Toyota in a statement. "If this occurs, abnormal noise and rough engine performance can be noticed. In some cases, the engine could fail and stop while the vehicle is being driven."

Toyota spokesman John Hanson told Edmunds that there has been one report of a crash linked to the recall, but that it happened in Japan. Hanson said it was safe for U.S. consumers to continue driving the truck before repairs are made.

Toyota dealers will install different valve springs. The recall is expected to begin in December, although an exact date has not been set. No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S. Owners of the affected Tacomas can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota says if you own one of these Tacomas and notice a problem, get it into the dealership immediately, even if you have not received the official recall notification.