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If you've been following the Toyota Tundra rust saga, you're aware that NHSTA recently requested data from Toyota about the purported frame corrosion affecting 2000 and 2001 models. Today, Toyota has extended that recall to include the 2002-03 model years, saying that a small number of trucks could suffer from frame corrosion that could cause the spare tire to detach from its underbody housing. That brings the total up to 110,000 Tundras located in 20 cold-weather states and the District of Columbia.

Toyota will begin an inspection program next month which will run through January of 2010, and if you're driving one of the affected pickups, you can get all the details in the press release below the fold. Hat tip to Mike from Pickuptrucks.com.


Toyota Announces Safety Recall on 2000 through 2003 Tundra Frame Rear Cross-Member

November 24, 2009 – Torrance, Calif., – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. will launch a Safety Recall involving approximately 110,000 Tundra vehicles sold in the United States.

Certain 2000 through 2003 model year Tundra vehicles operated in cold climate areas with high road salt use, may exhibit excessive corrosion on the frame rear cross-member. In the worst case, the spare tire stowed under the truck bed may become separated from the rear cross-member. Spare tire separation will create a road hazard for following vehicles and increase the likelihood of a crash.

Eventually, excessive corrosion of the rear cross-member may also affect the functionality of the rear brake line at the proportioning valve. If this occurs, it can lead to the loss of the rear brake circuits which will increase vehicle stopping distances and the risk of a crash.

In addition to the District of Columbia, the involved cold climate states with high road salt usage are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Beginning in December 2009 through early 2010, owners of the involved vehicles will receive a Safety Recall notification via first class mail asking them to take their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for an initial inspection of the rear cross-member. During this inspection, the rear cross-member including the surrounding components such as, the brake line at the proportioning valve (which is mounted on the cross-member assembly) will also be inspected. Based upon the inspection, Toyota will do one of the following at no charge:

If there is no significant corrosion of the rear cross-member assembly or the rear brake line at the proportioning valve, owners will be notified of that fact and requested to subsequently bring their vehicle back to the dealership so that a corrosion-resistant compound can be applied to the rear cross-member. Toyota will notify the owner when the corrosion-resistant compound is available.


If significant corrosion is detected such that the rear cross-member can no longer safely support the spare tire and replacement components are available, the cross-member assembly will be replaced. In the event replacement components are not available, a temporary solution, such as the removal of the spare tire and securing it to the truck bed, will be performed until parts are available.

In those relatively rare cases where the rear cross-member is significantly corroded and can no longer safely support the spare tire, but the rear cross-member cannot be replaced due to excessive frame corrosion at the mounting location (e.g., if the side rails are too damaged), Toyota will develop an appropriate remedy for those vehicles on a case-by-case basis.

This inspection will take approximately 20 minutes depending on dealer scheduling.

Until your vehicle is inspected, you may minimize the risk of the spare tire separating from the rear cross-member by removing it. If you choose to do so, please be sure not to be under the rear cross-member or spare tire carrier during the lowering process. In addition, if placing the spare tire in the truck bed or other area of the vehicle, it should be secured when driving.

Customers with questions are asked to call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      "it can lead to the loss of the rear brake circuits which will increase vehicle stopping distances and the risk of a crash". - Ya Think!!!

      Its like the SouthPark episode with the Japanese saying "you Americans have such big D***'s" and we just smile and agree with whatever they want to do to us.

      Toyota is focused on being the biggest and can no longer see what got them there to begin with. Cheap, reliable vehicles with no style for brainless individuals. Now the styling is horribly ugly and the reliability is tanking. Well my friend, how does it feel to be the new GM.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about Us that live along the Coast We get Salt 24/7/365 and it gets blown into area that you wouldn't belive. Had a Friend lose a door an a 3 yr old Mustang , a few yrs ago, when the salt rusted the hinges.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a friend says he's got a rust through warranty on his toyo and asks me what I have on my chevy, I say I've got a frame that won't rust through..
      Uncla Al
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they're using water-reducible coatings, that explains it. WR paint has improved a lot over the years but good old solvent base is superior. In a large, permanent site, such as an auto factory, overspray pollution controls aren't cheap but can be very effective and the end product is vastly superior.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lost a door on a three year old Mustang, right... (What B.S.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totota = fail
      • 5 Years Ago
      And what about the massive recall of Tacomas worldwide for failing steering linkages?

      Several Toyota executives in Japan were criminally prosecuted over Toyota's attempted coverup of the problem.

      On a seperate note: AUTOBLOG EDITORS: you have received innumerable complaints about your faulty comment section. When are you going to fix this problem? Or are you going to borrow a page from Toyota and just ignore the complaints? They really detract from an otherwise worthy website.

      I'm tired of having to re-enter a comment three times, only to have it disappear entirely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First sludge, then floor mats, then rust, what next?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota floor mat recall .......their is only a recall because when you dont use the floor mat clips the carpet moves.. doesnt matter what type of car you have that will happen only common sence really, thats why they have them to keep the mats in place
      • 5 Years Ago
      Replacing spare tire crossmembers and spraying on a preservative sounds like a band-aid approach. I think Toyota is hoping they can stall until the trucks are in the junkyard, so they don't have to replace any complete frames.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota will not honor the recall because I do not live in a cold state. The fact that I live at the beach with continual salt spray doesn't count in their minds. Salt is salt regardless if it comes from salting the road or salt spray from the sea. The Tundra should have had a proper undercoat to prevent the dangerous rusting problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many zip ties does it take to hold on a spare tire?
      • 5 Years Ago

      Now, if they would just deal with the sludging engines...
        • 5 Years Ago

        Autoblog did not extensively cover last months 4.5 million Ford recall.

        National News networks have, however negativity towards Asian brands like Toyota on Autoblog are certainly skewed one way.

        Let's keep in mind that there was a death this June where Ford covered-up data to suggest that the fire problems still no longer persisted.

        The NHSTA essentially forced Ford to pull an additional 4.5 million vehicles into recall this last month.

        In comparison, the Toyota floormat issue isn't much of a concern, you only need to remove the floormats to solve the problem.


        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog, national news networks, cable news networks, printed news, all extensively covered the Ford recall.
        What has been amiss is the same coverage, with the exception of Autoblog, is all the bad news coming out of Toyoda city.
        Like, bad ball joints, sludge ( of which a class action lawsuit brought attention), sudden acceleration causing a minimum 20 deaths, cracks in shock towers (fj cruiser), theft of hybrid technology, seat belts, defective output shafts and cams, bed bounce, Tundra problems that would make a Chevy Vega look world class in quality and the list goes on and on. Toyota may make a decent running, but boring car, their truck segment (with the exception of early Tacoma's is nothing more than a joke.
        The queen of car companies is being toppled by their own smug arrogant attitude.
        get used to it. More to follow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Boudu and Monkey...





        You think autoblog hides Ford safety recall info and only picks on Toyota?
        Do you own a Toyota and get ridiculed at work by a Ford owner something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        >>Autoblog, national news networks, cable news networks, printed news, all extensively covered the Ford recall.

        NOPE. Not one story regarding Ford's massive recall last month. Feel free to search yourself: http://www.autoblog.com/search/?q=ford+fire+recall&sort=date
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frank, he threw in the political jabbing because of the trollish and totally unrelated dragging in of Obama-bashing into a friggin' auto rust problem post. What the hell do politics or even unions have to do this? He probably shouldn't have responded to such blatant trolling, but regardless that seems to be the only reason conservatives were mentioned since they tend to be the people who type stuff like "Obamao". Of course one can argue that a true conservative doesn't actually include these trolls but that's another point entirely.
        Anyways I don't think it's any secret to people who've read Autoblog comments for more than a single day that this blog has a heavy Detroit bias.
        For the record, the cruise control switch recall would have been a 16 million car recall if it weren't for the fact that Ford basically dragged their feet every step of the way and broke it up into 8 separate recalls. The recall last month just added an additional 4.5 million to the running tally of cruise control fire recalls.
        I think it's nice that we get coverage of what's going on with the Toyota recall, but Autoblog does have an unfortunate tendency to repeatedly post Toyota recalls while ignoring or only briefly mentioning other recalls. And frankly they're just catering to their audience since the commentators here love to pile on Toyota for whatever they can. Seriously they hate the Prius since it's too green and hippy, then if there's a post about the LFA they hate that as well (usually because somehow it's too overpriced as if they would have bought it if it was only 150K), then they trash the 4Runner even if it finishes the Baja 1000 without breaking down, etc. So I suspect Autoblog starts these posts just to attract the raving mad Toyota bashers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Caddy

        "charman Obamao bowing to the emperor of Japan."

        Are kidding me?

        What does this have to do with Obama or any other conservative agenda?

        You were falsely claiming that Autoblog 'extensively' covered that 4.5 million car recall last month, and I pointed out they didn't.

        In truth, I'm sick and tired of all this recall talk, be it Toyota or be it Ford.

        Its massive distraction from real automotive news, and quite frankly Autoblog, and another car blog, have made it it a mission to inundate us with redundant coverage of Toyota recall news.

        This has nothing to do with some retarded-misplaced-sense of conservative-xenophobic-patriotism.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Don't throw around the conservative lable at people just because you disagree with them. For your information, the unions are anti-free trade and they are not conservative and vote mostly for democrats. Most conservatives are free trade. At least learn what the terms mean before you start tossing them around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget to mention the coverup by Toyota of the defective steering linkages in the Tacoma that led to many deaths and subsequent criminal prosecution in Japan of several Toyota executives.
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