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

27 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.

  13. Christina McNeill says:

    Hi. I just purchased a 2007 Toyota Sequoia and no one told us about the rust issue at the used car dealership that we purchased from. Can I be included if I find out its rusted?

    ADMIN – Hi Christina,

    Not if you did not purchase the vehicle before the prescribed date which was in December of last year.

  14. Jose says:

    2004 Toyota Tundra frame rusty.
    Still have the vehicle in my possession

  15. Russell Miller says:

    I was sent postcard stating my vehicle is part of this action what am I to do

    ADMIN – Hi Russell,

    Follow the instructions set forth in the settlement page. For example if your vehicle has not been inspected you should schedule and inspection.

  16. Jaemi Marshall says:

    We have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma that was inspected and we were told that the Motor Mount (at the frame) was rusted through. We received an estimate for repairs but so what do we do now? Checking on the class action it says if I haven’t paid I’m not eligible… Is that true

    ADMIN – Hi Jaemi,

    I read the terms and understand them the same way you do.

  17. thomas crowley says:

    i have a 2004 toyota tacoma with the same there any lawsuit that will cover that.i never recieved the recall notices

    ADMIN – Hi Thomas,

    No lawsuit for that particular model.

  18. Ted Nowak says:

    To whom it may concern. I just recently drove my Toyota Tundra 4×4 2003 home last night. Had trouble getting it home.(tranny was slipping ) have an internal rad trannny leak. But to my main point . I crawled underneath my truck to find the issue. Only to see severe rust damage to frame. I am seriously worried that my frame is going to brake in 2 spots. It is very bad and i do not want to even move it now. There needs to be something done. Is there a recall or some course of action i can do. Please reply to me asap. I live in Canada Ayr Ontario N0B1E0 . my contact number is
    1-226-789-1295. or email me

    ADMIN – Hi Ted,

    Have you considered contacting Toyota customer service?

  19. keith says:

    I have an 05 tacoma that has been checked and told the frame needs replacement. however when I asked about this settlement the dealership acted like they had no idea. I called toyota who told me I had to wait until after the case finishes in court?

    ADMIN – Hi Keith,

    Reach out to the class action admin. This is their # 1-800-481-7948

    • Marvin says:

      I received the same information from Heritage Toyota of Baltimore, It was stated, “We aren’t able to inspect your vehicle’s frame for rust until the settlement is clear.”

  20. Cheryl Holt says:

    I bought a 2007 Toyota Tacoma brand new, a couple years ago I received a recall notice to have frame inspected for rust, which I did and they said it wasn’t rusty enough and undercoated it, 2 weeks later I was at my mechanics to have tires changed over and they wanted to know who undercoated my vehicle, he said it was the worst undercoating he had ever seen, that they hadn’t undercoated everywhere they should have and rust was already showing through 2 weeks later!! My son says the frame looks very bad as far as rust!! How do I trust Toyota dealership to tell me the truth, don’t trust them now!! Don’t know what to do!!!

    ADMIN – Hi Cheryl,

    Exclude yourself from the settlement and get a lawyer?

  21. Cristy Lewis says:

    My husband has a 2000 Toyota Tacoma, and although not part of the Class action, the frame is rusted beyond repair (dealership notes and pictures for evidence). The truck was bought brand new in 2000 and a 3 year extended warranty was purchased, which brought the total to around $30,000. The truck has had all recommended and regular maintenance performed at an authorized Toyota dealership (paper work as evidence). Upon taking it in for a routine oil change and tire rotation, the dealership stated “could not perform any work on truck. Frame and read leaf spring shackles are too severely rusted to lift vehicle. Customer understands this is a safety issue.” This truck only has 156,525 miles on it and for the past 6 years, at least, we have asked that the frame be checked because of the problems we knew the frames were having (per a Toyota technician). Now, Toyota claims no responsibility for the frame problem; however, it just so happened that the frame was fine through the 15 year extended warranty period of the frame, but in the 16th year, it happened to go bad and be so rusted that routine maintenance could not be performed on it for safety reasons. I have contacted both Toyota corporate and my local dealership (where the truck was purchased), and both claim there is nothing that can be done on their end. Is there something that can be done?

    ADMIN – Hi Cristy,

    I don’t think so. You can always consult with a lawyer but given the car is 17 years old I doubt you will get anywhere.

  22. Sherry says:

    I have an 2008 sequoia my latch to my trunk is rusted which makes it hard to open my trunk. My frames are not rusted through. Would my truck only apply if it’s rusted?

    ADMIN – Hi Sherry,

    This settlement is about rusty frames not about rusty latches.

  23. Lauren says:

    I own a 2002 toyota tacoma that Toyota REFUSED to replace the frame on because the previous owner and dealership did not have the spray recall done. None of this was reported in the carfax. After months of trying, going to several toyota dealerships, talking for hours on the phone, Toyota would do nothing to fix the faulty rusted frame. I had to have it welded and must keep an eye on it to keep up with any maintenance. Otherwise the truck is in great condition. Any class actions for this model year?

    ADMIN – Hi Lauren,

    None that we know about it. But keep in mind that the truck is 15 years old and cars are not designed to last forever.

  24. Ralph says:

    I still have my 2006 Sequoia. Did not have the underside looked at but I did follow the instructions on the postcard sent to me. Is there anything else I should be doing?

    ADMIN – Hi Ralph,

    I don’t think so.

  25. Donald shipley says:

    I own a 2006 Tacoma and received the card and recently took my truck to the dealer for service and the mechanic did the work noted my truck frame was never sprayed and needed a new frame, but the service manager didn’t want replace the frame until the class action lawsuit was finalized. I was just wondering what my next step would be.

    ADMIN – Hi Donald,

    Have you tried contact Toyota’s customer service?

  26. Travis says:

    We have a 2005 Sequoia with a severe rusted frame to the point of being completely broken. We did get the postcard in the mail, our vin matches, but the phone number only gives a recording. We have heard nothing more. Should we being doing more to work towards getting this replaced asap, and if so can you give me the information to do so? Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Travis,

    Follow the instructions for frame replacement provided on the settlement page.

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