Class Eligibility

You are part of the settlement if you are a person, entity or organization who, at any time as of or before December 2, 2016, own or owned, purchase(d), or lease(d) Subject Vehicles distributed for sale or lease in any of the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or any of the territories or possessions of the United States. This is called the “Class.” The class includes Toyota Tacomas from 2005 to 2010, Toyota Tundras 2007 to 2008 and Toyota Sequoia 2005 to 2008.

Estimated Amount


There are two paths available to consumers, the first and most common includes the inspection and replacement if needed of the frame. The second avenue is the reimbursement of prior expenses associated to the replacement of the frame.

Proof of Purchase


Case Name

Brian Warner, et al. v. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.,
Case No. 2:15-cv-02171-FMO-FFM,
District Court for the Central District of California

Case Summary

The class action lawsuit claims that the frames of certain Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia vehicles lack adequate rust protection, resulting in premature rust corrosion of the vehicles’ frames. The lawsuit pursues claims for violations of various state consumer protection statutes, among other claims.

Settlement Pool

$3.375 billion aprox




Settlement Notice Administrator
Brian Warner, et al. v. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.
c/o Heffler Claims Group
P.O. Box 910
Philadelphia, PA 19105-0910

12 responses to “Toyota Rusty Frame Class Action Settlement”

  1. Alvin Shores says:

    I own a 2008 Toyota Turnda VIN 5TFRT54118X019271, this vehicle has not been inspected and has approximately 50,000 miles on it is the vehicle part of the settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Alvin,

    Your vehicle should qualify. based on the year and model. Fill the form and have it inspected.

  2. Daniel Sullivan says:

    I cannot find the long form to file my claim.

    ADMIN – Hi Daniel,

    Here is the link:

  3. Richard E. Mitchem says:

    The last four digits of my VIN are 8563 in the class area listed. How do I get an inspection done? Do I call the dealer in my area?

    ADMIN – Hi Richard,

    Yes, call a dealer in your area.

  4. R. semling says:

    if the dealer already rust proof the frame, am I still eligible for the settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi R,

    If you paid out of pocket you are eligible for reimbursement.

  5. Joe says:

    What is the actual “Rust Perforation Standard” that the dealerships will be replacing frames or just doing some spot clean-up? Seems like the settlement has left a vast subjective, room for interpretation to be manipulated by Toyota after the fact when people have the inspections. Big difference in getting a $5,000 dollar frame which probably costs double that to replace in labor costs, or the dealership spraying some anti-rust coat on your vehicle. If your vehicle is worth less then the repair, what happens then?

    ADMIN – Hi Joe,
    Your questions are valid. Unfortunately the settlement is now final and we have to live with it.


    I own a 06 tacoma it was inspected by the dealer, they said it was ok, what do i do know??

    ADMIN – Hi Francisco,

    You celebrate and enjoy the fact that your truck is alright. No need for further action as this settlement only provides two remedies. 1. inspection and replacement as needed. 2. Reimbursement for repairs related to frame corrosion.

  7. Helen Honaker says:

    Why are 2003 Toyota 4 runners not included, I had one can send pic, the frame was so rusted that chunks of metal would fall off & parts of the frame looked like it was going to fall out.

    ADMIN – Hi Helen,

    If you believe your truck is part of a class I encourage you to contact the class counsel and see if they are willing to investigate.

  8. J Metropoulos says:

    I have an 06 Sequoia. The latch on the hatch rusted and fell off. I can no longer open the hatch door. Also, the window in the hatch will no longer open and the defrost on the window no longer works. Is any of this included in the settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi J Metropolous,

    In order to find out take your vehicle to be inspected a Toyota dealership as directed on the settlement.

  9. Judith S. Chapman says:

    If I can’t find my purchase of my Toyota Sequoia, which I bought in 2005,Will I still have a claim?

    ADMIN – Hi Judith,

    Do you still have the vehicle?

  10. Spiro says:

    Hi, 2015 Toyota RAV4 purchased in June 2015, should I bring it in for inspection?

    ADMIN – Hi Spiro,

    No, the class includes Toyota Tacomas from 2005 to 2010, Toyota Tundras 2007 to 2008 and Toyota Sequoia 2005 to 2008.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Should say “truck and SUV”. The Sequoia is an SUV, not a truck. You’d probably have more takers if the settlement was advertised correctly, just saying.

    ADMIN – Hi Anonymous,

    Great idea! Fortunately vehicle owners will receive a notice in the mail.

  12. John Dollhopf says:

    We had the dealer put on rust preventative and still rusty , 2007 Tacoma is there anything they will still do?

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    I encourage you to contact the dealership and ask if they have options.

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