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 |  May 11 2010, 10:34 AM

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It’s happening again. Toyota is expanding it’s recall program even further, this time covering 2000-03 Toyota Tundras for frame rot. The problem stems from complaints of premature frame rusting on trucks sold in Northern states, primarily around the rear crossmembers and spare tire mounts. Toyota, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, originally issued a recall last year, covering vehicles in 20 so-called ‘cold-weather,’ states. Now, it has expanded the program to include other sections of the frame and vehicles sold in other states, as part of a limited service campaign.

This new recall is a retroactive enhancement to the vehicle’s warranty to replace the entire frame for free if it meets certain corrosion conditions, but owners of Tundras with frame rust will only have a limited opportunity to take advantage of the offer, which expires after April 30, 2012.

According to Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons; ”information is being sent to all [2000-03 Tundra] owners. We’re really targeting the trucks in the severe cold-weather states but it also includes owners in the other states.”

The states primarily affected by the recall include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

The original recall covered 110,000 Tundras. The limited service campaign has now expanded that to up to 440,000 trucks.

Toyota dealers will inspect Tundras covered by the campaign for signs of frame rust with specific guidelines laid out for replacement. If a perforation larger than 10 millimeters is found on outlined sections of the frame, including the outer chassis rails, parts of the K-member and other sections, the entire frame will be replaced with a new one.

Replacing the frame on a large pickup is a serious undertaking, that requires dismantling the truck and then installing everything onto the new frame. Given the scope of such a task, affected Tundra owners are likely to have to wait several weeks to even a few months before the repairs are completed.

To try and help minimize the inconvenience, Toyota has said that will cover rental car costs up to seven days. If frame replacement is delayed due to parts availability, then an additional 30 days worth of rental car fees may be claimed. In very special cases, it also mentioned that an additional 30 days could be claimed.

Toyota says it will contact affected Tundra owners by both phone and mail. Customers with additional questions or concerns are advised to contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 888-270-9371.

NHTSA originally began investigating Tundra frame rust complaints in October 2009 and approximately a month later announced a “voluntary” recall. Toyota received criticism for its initially slow handling of the issue, but with the latest limited service campaign, has been praised for its commitment to Tundra customers. It’s not every day that an automaker is willing to fund more than $10,000 in repair costs on a ten year old vehicle, that’s been documented with a serious problem.

[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]

  • craig anderson

    point blank i’m behide Toyota all the way i’v owned 5 of them in the last 9 years and will continue to buy more with no hesitation a true customer

  • roger

    I’ve owned two toyotas both have been good vehicles. But, I am disappointed in my 4-Runner. The frame has rusted to a point that it does not pass inspection. The frame is basiclly the same as the tacoma but toyota didn’t back -up the 4-Runners rust problem.

  • Frank M Tubolino

    I own a 2005 toyota 4 Runner Limited Edition which I paid for brand new at a price on/or about $39000.00. This vehicle has a tremendous amount of premature rust in the undercarriage, the metal device holding the spare wheel and the attachment is so rusted I am forced to carry the spare tire in the compartment in the vehicle This of course emits the smell of rubber continuously. Brackets in the engine compartment are completely rusted where the weather could not be factor. I am terribly disappointed in this vehicle’s rust. I have owned only toyotas for the past 35 years. Hopefully Toyota will have a recall on this vehicle. I cannot afford to replace it.

  • shawn moe

    The problem with my 02 Tundra is the differential is perforated. That’s right the differential rotted away! There are others out there as well, it’s not just mine. And Toyota isn’t covering this. My truck with only 80K on it and a beautiful body is headed for the scrap pile. The repair will cost more than the truck is worth. And if I put all that money into it, I still have an old worthless truck that’s probably going to rot out somewhere else.

  • Nick Settecase

    Im a owner of a 2004 Tundra, love it and baby it with only 65k it hase a frame that is rotting away.Has a hole under engine mount.A very bad thing waiting to happen! With a family of four.

  • TOM SCHUMANN

    THIS TRUCK IS BASICALLY A 10 YEARS OLD. THE UNDERBODY INCLUDING THE FRAME HAS 3 FEET LONG & ABOUT 1 1/2 INCH HOLE IN THE FRAME BY THE MUFFLER. THE REAR AXLE ROTTED AND LEAKED ALL THE FLUID OUT. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A DISASTER IF YOUR GOING 65 MPH AND YOUR REAR LOCKED UP. THE GAS TANK SHIELD HAS GOT RUSTING WHERE I HAD TO DROP IT DOWN TO GET ALL THE BROKEN PIECES LAYING ON TOP. {IS THIS WHATS CALLED TOYOTA QUALITY]VERY POOR. (IT SOUND LIKE G.M. IN THE EARLY 1980S)

  • brian

    do you work for Toyota. if you owned five in 9 years you would not have experienced any severe rust.

  • Paul Baby

    My differentila cover is rusted so bad fluid is seaping out of it.

  • ron

    my 2004 Tundra also has heavy frame rust and today they told me the differential leak is due to perforations. Will cost $3200 to repair. This will be my last Toyota unless they make good. This truck is no better than my 77 Volare. I bought nothing but Toyotas after that. But I have nothing but trouble with rust related issues with this one.