• Mar 10, 2010
Last November, the Toyota Tundra recall to address premature rusting frames was expanded to include trucks from the 2000-2003 model years. That recall, though, only applied to 20 states and Washington, D.C. – those areas where cold weather and road treatments could cause expedited corrosion.

Today, however, The Associated Press reports that the recall has been further expanded to include Tundras from those model years in all 50 states. Toyota apparently hasn't said how many trucks that means it is recalling, but if you have one of those Tundras, you might wish to give your dealer a call.

[Source: The Associated Press via Google]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh oh, a rare spot of bad news for the usually rock solid Toyota! Ah well, it's just a minor blip, a bump in the road.


      Huh? What's that? Yes I HAVE been in a coma for the past few months. Just woke up today. Why do you ask?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm starting to wonder if they're literally going to go out of business at this point.
      The massive NHTSA / Media expose going on right now means they can't half-ass their recalls like they have historically. And honestly, doing multiple recalls on every car they've ever produced is going to be an enormous cash drain for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That took long enough, now I am still waiting for the FJ Cruiser Recalls with poor weak frame warping, It already an on going subject with FJ owners...I would like to see how they going to fix this one?
      LDmerriam
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota seems to try to be saying this is NOT a recall--their press is saying this is a "special service campaign". When corporations use slippery doublespeak, particularly corporations with trust trouble, they double down on the damage they do to their reputation. Trying to paint this newest recall as a "special service" shows that Toyota is more interested in spinning the truth than actually being truthful. The brand is bound to suffer.

      http://merriamsnaming.com/2010/03/toyota-doublespeak-spins-recalln/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now I'm all for exposing Toyota's accelerator related recalls, but placing heavy media exposure on recalls such as this are kinda redundant in my view. But its still gonna happen anyway. Oh well, it'll just add to the pot of woe that Toyota has been brewing for themselves for a while now
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota had it coming. They could have avoided the unfortunate situation they find themselves in had they acted more responsibly and in accordance with the reputation they apparently protected at any cost. It's going to be interesting to see how Toyota emerges from this mess once the dust settles.

        My wife and I were considering the purchase of a Tacoma as a second vehicle upon our return to the States, but Toyota is definitely off our short list now. Such are the consequences.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the car gods on Mt. Olympus are taking a dump on Toyota this year. It used to be good to be the king... now (?) not so good. Think about it... GM and bankruptcy and loss of marques, Chrysler being taken over first by a holding company Cerberus then sold again, 3 years ago Ford was becoming a truck company that sold cars, Porsche lost its way financially, trying to take over VW, and was in turn taken over by them. Possible/maybe loss of Volvo and Saab. The last year or so hasn't been kind to auto companies. I haven't seen this many problems since the days of Studebaker, American Motors, and all the other names of the 50's now gone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      another day, another Toyota recall
      • 4 Years Ago
      This kind of flipping back and forth on issues is exactly what is rapidly killing Toyota's reputation. Had they simply done the recall nationwide in the first place, instead of trying to save a few dollars, they wouldn't have to endure another round of media reports about ever increasing recalls.

      I hope someone in Toyota City is taking notes and learning from these mistakes. In the old days, when Toyota wasn't just an average car company, that is what they would have striven to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's time to sell all Toyota Motor (TM) Stock. This is going to end ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Epyx - yup and laugh all the way to the bank as those of us who purchased ford at $1 are doing now :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am looking at it from the other perspective - there may soon be a good opportunity to pick up some TM.

        The stock has actually been pretty resilient since the initial slide from the 52 week high of $92. Currently ~$76 and higher than it was last year at the same time before all the bad news.
      Robert
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2003 4x4 ext cab Tacoma I bought new. I live in southern IN. This last winter is the only major salt it has ever seen and never been in the mud. After hearing about the frame rot from a friend I did some research on here. I got under mine today. On the driver side behind the front tire (about a foot) the frame has rusted and is flaking off on the outboard side. On the passenger side where the frame arcs over the rear tire, there is place 5 inches long and a half inch wide on the bottom of the frame that has bubbled out an 1/8 inch tall in the center and looks like it might be deep. None of it has flaked off so it is hard to tell how deep it is and it will take a hammer to chip it off to tell . The only rust under mine is on the frame. Some areas there is not any surface rust ( its still black ) and other areas are covered in surface rust on the frame. I hope mine gets included in this mess but I would have better luck getting hit by a lightning bolt!
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the few instances where the body panels were holding the frame together.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AutoBlog,
      Are cold areas that put down salt and other road treatments picking on Toyota too? Just curious.
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