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

Varies

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

Yes

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

Deadline

TBD

Contact


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
1-800-481-7948

227 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:
    https://secureforms.heffler.com/DynamicForms2/109/Form/e59afd33-d4b3-4445-bb07-1020158f3a44

  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.

  6. FRANCISCO RICO says:

    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.

    • Angela says:

      Be sure to keep an eye on the frame. My dealership inspected my Tacoma once and said it was ‘fine’. We brought it back two years later and it is not fine, in fact, the frame is being replaced right now. They have had it 4 weeks. The only strange part is that it is a 2004.

      • Amy says:

        I found out today that my 2004 Tacoma frame is rusted out, and, in need of replacement. I started a claim with Toyota, today. My Tacoma is a beautiful truck, and, there was very little warning, that my frame was in such awful condition. I am sick over this. I hope Toyota will attempt to make it right…

        ADMIN – Hi Amy,

        2004 vehicles are not included in this settlement.

        • Jeremy says:

          That’s a sad situation I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and the frame is rusted out and I think Toyota should be responsible for it

          ADMIN – Hi Jeremy,

          That is a really old truck. Time for a new one!

          • Mickey says:

            It’s NOT an old truck! Toyota should stand by its products!!

            ADMIN – Hi Mickey,

            Products are designed to become obsolete so you can buy more. No manufacturer will offer you something that is eternal.

        • Nancy says:

          My 2004 Sequoia frame is absolutely rotted. It only has 115000 miles on it too. I spent a lot of money on this truck and frame is so bad there is nothing that can be done. The vehicle was garaged for most of it’s life and not tripping much because it was not my primary car . I know the problem is with the manufacturer they did not rust proof it properly. It is inconceivable that they don’t have to make this right because my truck is a 2004 .

          ADMIN – Hi Nancy,

          I believe the 2004 were tested and did not appear to have rust issues.

          • Rhonda says:

            I also have a 2004 Sequoia completely rusted out and told by 3 companies I cannot drive it you can put your whole arm in it and we can’t get any help from Toyota

            ADMIN – Hi Rhonda,

            The average life of a car is 11 years. Yours is way past the average life.

      • gerri fleming says:

        I have a 2004 toyota tacoma had it in twice bought it new. The frame is rusted out on drivers side. They had said over the yrs it was fine and now they won’t fix it. They said I can’t drive it and get a new one!!! 30,000 dollars! I’m sick!

      • Bill Falagitis says:

        Hi Angela I own a 2005 Toyota Tacoma and I just had it safe to eat and it failed due to a hole in the frame due to rust after it’s been past the framing inspection I was just getting ready to sail so that’s not happening now I’m glad to hear that yours got replaced which dealership did you go two I’m in Canada Ontario

      • Julie Ivey says:

        Had to have this done for my 2001 Tacoma and paid out of pocket. I’m wondering why the older models aren’t included? Guess Toyota doesn’t value the customers with older models who take care of their vehicles! Smh…. This is a serious repair!

        ADMIN – Hi Julie,

        I believe the reason is because said models did not have a defect. Your rust issues could be attributed to road contaminants.

  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.

    • Anne B. says:

      I had a lady from Toyota Canada willing to replace my older 2003 tacoma in mint condition except for a paper thin frame on a truck they couldn’t even hoist. It had 140,000 miles on it. A dealership shut it down, not even letting me bring it in for the required inspection.

  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.

    • Angela says:

      Yes, I purchased the ‘rust proofing package’ on my new 2004 Tacoma. It sealed in moisture and accelerated the rust. I am getting a new frame now (warranty).

      • gerri fleming says:

        I have the same only bought it new in 2005. They will not fix my frame! Told me to not drive it and get a new one…..no way! This isn’t right!

  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

    • Angela says:

      Keep bringing it in for inspection, until they realize it is unsafe. That is what I did on my 2004 Tacoma and it finally is getting replaced.

      • Danie says:

        Wait how did you get it replaced and are you getting it replaced under warranty??? I just bought a 2004 Tacoma and had no idea about all of this and now my frame is not good and they are saying it’s not under warranty anymore 2005 and older are. I missed the opportunity cuz at that time I did not own the vehicle. Help!!!!

        ADMIN – Hi Danie,

        2004 does not qualify for anything at all. They are usually rusted because they are old and you live in a place prone to corrosion.

  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 problem.is there any lawsuit that will cover that.i never recieved the recall notices

    ADMIN – Hi Thomas,

    No lawsuit for that particular model.

    • Michael Fulton says:

      Mr. Crowley – I am in the same situation. Have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. I did receive a recall card approx 5-6 yrs ago. Had it inspected. Said ok. Now when in for service last month was told: “Frame is rusted through at front hanger of left rear leaf spring / Not Safe. Frame is folding – Unsafe.”

      Have you discovered any other help for us? We have been searching but found nothing. Thank you for any information you can share.

      • Patricia Schaefer says:

        Again 2004 Tacoma.
        Had oil change done yesterday and warned of rot
        Just got back from auto body repair shop.
        They said it’s too rotted to repair.
        Then said should qualify for recall.

        • gerri fleming says:

          Me too. Oil change and my mechanic found all the rust. I had it checked at toyota and they said it wasn’t to be driven. They will not help me at all! Bought it new in 2005 but it’s a 2004 and in great shape except for the frame. I’m just sick. Told me there was no real on them.

    • Angela says:

      They covered my 2004 Tacoma. I never got a recall notice. I was just REALLY persistent.

    • Rhonda says:

      I think the rest of us who cannot get any help should start our own law suit my husband had a call out to a lawyer for our 04 sequoia rusted bad almost clean through I was told not to drive it Joseph Toyota in Cincinnati Ohio has pictures of it but the case manager they assign us at the Toyota company did not want to look it up to see the pictures I don’t think I will buy another Toyota if they cant stand behind them We also have a Avalon

  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 dohh@295.ca

    ADMIN – Hi Ted,

    Have you considered contacting Toyota customer service?

    • tim barnes says:

      I too have a 2003 tundra and have been pursuing the frame replacement since october of 2016, my local dealership in Lafayette, IN Bob Rhorman Toyota says that their only replacing frames that have holes from the crossmember near the fuel tank, back. They are trying to wiggle out of doing the repairs. I have spoken with many other tundra owners going through the same thing. Getting bent over by our own people. Its ridiculous. I cant afford another vehicle at this point in time, nobody will buy the vehicle at this point in time, so I have to drive my 6 month old son, 12 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter from place to place with my fingers crossed in hopes that when this rusty P>O>S> breaks in half while on the highway my kids wont be with me. Very impressed toyota, Im very very impressed, and all you fine lazy fat american countrymen of mine working for this slumlord manufacturer, have no loyalty to your own people, I believe things like this come back to you as I hope they do.

      ADMIN – Hi Tim,

      I totally understand your frustration but given the fact that your Tundra has lasted 15 years I think you totally got value for your money. Time to purchase a new car. Your car is 4 years older than the average age of a car on the road.

  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.

    • Gavin McNabb says:

      Same situation. 2004 which was purchased new. Got recall notice around 2007 maybe stating that i can inspect as often as i want as well as there is now a extended 15 yr service program. First inspection passed and they sprayed. 2nd 3rd 4th also surprisingly passed by their criteria however i was frequently replacing full muffler systems, O2 sensors, springs, rotors,etc from excessive rust acceleration. They however would not give me paperwork on their criteria nor acknowledge an independent mechanic stating it was unsafe and not roadworthy. Ive also somehow forfeited my right to the buyback program and was told i missed the deadline but i had a case open at corporate so i guess that was not part of them notifying me….i apparently have until 2022 fir the extended 15 yr from 2007 to end and ive just replace another muffler,etc,etc all due to their rust prone frame. Dont they understand the process of rust spreading to anything it can? I think not….its a total scam because they make the criteria so if course it will pass. Also, a legal recall wouldn’t allow for a pass/fail…it would all be recalled period. They went the voluntary route, which was devised by their lawyers no doubt, and that released them from admitting fault and seems as if they were proactive in a solution. The truth is they are stalling and putting back the funds for a time when a class action finally settles and by then the number they allow to be replaced is so low due to original owners giving up, selling or having paid out of pocket and then you have a shitload of redtape just to get reimbersed what you dud pay out. Its a joke, ive bern told so many lies over the 10 years and now the only recourse is getting reimbersed fir a frame replaced out of pocket??? Whoever agreed and managed the settlement is uninformed, blind to the facts and not of independent panel. How could anyone ever decide on something that was so obviously setup to stall the customer and put them in a loop of repeating the same process for years. And in the end bc if settling, the corporate being admits no fault and nothing was ever wrong. Well in my book you settle for the simple fact if guilt and want to make a problem disappear fast. These are unsafe frames that are documented to the millionth degree but we couldn’t get an independent panel after 15 yrs?? Lets call it what it is ok….we arent as gullable as they think…its a blatant slap in the face and guess what…..they are getting clean away with it right now. Dont even waste your time…..they have no care about safety, they have no conscious. I learned that in trip #1 for inspect when i was told by a service mgr to” keep an eye in the rust and let em know if it got any bette”…yea, ok. My confidence of having a pleasant experience with this frame issue left, the same day i walked out the door. I get more pissed every time i hear the same scenario from another owner.

      • gerri fleming says:

        Me too. They just blow me off. The other day a gal called me from toyota about the frame and said there’s nothing they will do. Then she said have a nice day. Can you imagine? I will not repeat what I said

    • Roger C says:

      Dear Cristy,
      WE are in a similar situation. Were you able to get it favorably resolved? If not lets’ communicate and if you did could you share how it got resolved?
      Thank you.

    • Dawn Manire says:

      Sorry to hear what happened to you. I was just told my Toyota Tacoma which has 53,495 miles on it is too dangerous to drive because of severe rust of the frame. What a shock with such low milage.. These frames where poorly built and Toyota knows it but will do nothing.

  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.

  27. Luke says:

    I have an 08 tundra got the post card in the mail a few months back vin shows its part of the settlement I do not have proof of purchase but still own the truck can I get it inspected with out any issues. Also wondering what constitutes a frame replacement as I have check my frame myself and noticed two of my Cross members severely rusted but not showing holes yet . Is there a limit on how many times it can be inspected before the 12 years is up

    ADMIN – Hi Luke,

    We are not the class action admins thus we are unable to answer your questions. Please reach out to the admin using the info we provided under the subheading ” contact”.

  28. Lance Tanigawa says:

    Hello I have a 2007 Tacoma and my frame is rusted almost right through took it to the dealer and was told I have to wait to the settlement is final. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process not driving the truck at the pleasant time do to the rusty frame rail

    ADMIN – Hi Lance,

    I would suggest that you contact Toyota customer service.

  29. Edwin C says:

    my local dealer saids that they are still waiting for orders from toyota to replace frames because it has not been given. is this true?

    ADMIN – Hi Edwin,

    We don’t know but we suggest that you contact the class action admin.

  30. ANTONIO ZAPATA says:

    I AM IN

  31. kevin d sigler says:

    I never got or lost the postcard for the recall on my 2006 sequoia. My dealer wont do the inspection without one. How do I get one?

    ADMIN – Hi Kevin,

    Please reach out to the class action administration.,

  32. Julio A Fernandez says:

    I own 06 Tacoma badly rusted frame. Contacted local Toyota dealer they have no idea about rusted Toyota frames.

    ADMIN – Hi Julio,

    Please refer to the class action notice and take a copy to your dealership

    • Jack says:

      I have a 2006 tacoma too….my frame is rotted with holes and the other morning the lower control arm on the right side rotted off the frame and is now unsafe to drive ! I have called toyota direct 2 times this week and they won’t offer anything except direct you to the settlement page. You should contact Heffler and make sure they have your info . Pretty sure they will be the ones to notify everyone once the judge releases an approval ….which is supposed to be in a few weeks …hopefully

  33. Jim Robinson says:

    I have owned a 2008 tundra since it was new. Not only is the frame very rusty but the rust has spread to include the bed of the truck. I had the bed coated when it was new. Is there any relief for the bed?

    ADMIN – HI Jim,

    I don’t think so

    • Jim says:

      The court’s final order states, “With respect to all Subject Vehicles, “[i]f
      any perforation in the frame is found to be 10 mm or larger, then the frame will be replaced, as
      well as all applicable parts and service items incidental to frame replacement, such as cables,
      harnesses, pipes, clamps, tubes, hoses, spare tire carrier, spare tire carrier plate, bolts, brackets,
      and wires and all fluids will be replaced, as required.” (Dkt. 91-1, Exh. 11, Protocol at § IV.).”

  34. Laphine says:

    I have a toyota corolla 2005 and I had a rusty frame. I have had the problem fixed out of my own pocket. Is there a recall for Corollas? If not who should I call?

    ADMIN – Hi Laphine,

    No recall for Toyota.

  35. kara davis says:

    My 2007 Tacoma frame need work soon was told frame is very bad. When can I get it repaired.

    ADMIN – Hi Kara,

    We can’t answer that question. We are not your local Toyota dealership.

  36. kevin massimino says:

    My Tacoma has been inspected and not by toyota mechanic a large hole in frame and severe rust on frame
    Pictures taken and numbers noted. I ask toyota of south Hills and they state nothing being done on rusted frames yet. I have a 2006 and won’t pass inspection as of this date

  37. Randy Kleitsch says:

    I have a 2007 Tacoma ,do I just call my local dealer to have a inspection, and if the say we don’t do that then what?
    also is there a number to go info on inspection of the frame.

    ADMIN – Hi Randy,

    Please note that we have provided as much info as we can regarding this settlement. We are not the class action administrator nor do we support customer service efforts for Toyota.

  38. Gavin McNabb says:

    Hello, mine is a 2004 tacoma and was given an extended 15yr voluntary service program/inspection. The 15 yrs were to start at the date of the first “recall” which was approximately 2007 and a 2nd recall involving the spare tire carrier. I have waited patiently knowing that at some point someone would see through the stalling tactics as i have from day one. What about the numerous out of pocket costs for entire muffler systems, rotors,springs/shocks,etc,etc to be replaced all as a documented problem due to excessive and accelerated rust corrosion. Surely the knowledge of how rust moves quickly from steel to steel has been researched and noted and is part of tge reimbersment guidelines???? Ive had 3 independent mechanics note the vehicle was not roadworthy only to have Toyota service say it met their criteria or protocols. Of course it did, and why….bc if it was never a legal recall and only a voluntary service program then they get to make up their own criteria, which is beneficial to them and puts the customer in a never ending loop. If it was a legal recall there would be no pick and choose of a passing and failing test, only a cut and dry return if every single one in question. Brilliant work by the Toyota lawyers….they made sure to not let what happened previously with the 1.5% kbb value buyback even get a mention and somehow we all gave up our rights for a buyback program or it mysteriously ended….which we never were given a deadline. I imagine ill go through redtape with getting my out of pocket costs back just as i have bern given the run around since 2007 until 2017. Hell, i still have until 2022 apparently but im sure the criteria will not be met even then. Great way to delay,save up capital and hope that anyone stupid enough to have faith in justice will get tired of waiting or just sale the truck and move on. I actually waited and not once was i obliged on copies of criteria,explanations,etc and i even opened a case with corporate. What a joke…my sister had the same ussue, but was lucky and they purchased hers for 1.5% kbb. Now i cant even get a decent explanation or truthful answer and only headaches from stalling. If we cant see through this whole thing from the beginning and the power that be aren’t able to figure out whats exactly taking place here then we deserve to be the suckers they at toyota take us for. Im disgusted they knowingly say my vehicle is safe for myself and surrounding people, but would never sign off and back up their statements. Now look where we are….”we have to live with it because its been settled”…i think was an answer from an above comment. Well, im willing to bet that individual hasnt gone through anything like this and isnt even part of the class action. Otherwise they wouldnt drop to their knees as if justice has served its purpose, and we shall all be properly rewarded for our steadfastness. That’s a big pile of $#@&

  39. Cheryl Tatum says:

    I have a 2006 Toyoto Sequoia. I took my vehicle to Metro Toyota to be inspected and mentioned to them a couple of times during regular maintenance that I wanted my frame inspected, but they said that they would receive a notice as to when my frame should be inspected, and/or they would receive a recall notice. They said they had not received any information on it. What should I do since they won’t inspect my frame for rust? I am concerned.

    ADMIN – Hi Cheryl,

    Please reach out to the class action admin to obtain guidance on this matter.

    • Cheryl Tatum says:

      Has there been any decisions made as to when I should take my vehicle to be taken care of? Toyota where I take my vehicle will repair it, but I have to pay, and don’t have the money. What should I do?

      ADMIN – Hi Cheryl,

      All questions should be made to the class action admin. We don’t have case-specific information

  40. Leonard M Tompkins says:

    Are dealers avoiding the problem? Two of them I have contacted do not reply, or give me any interest of any kind.

    ADMIN – Hi Leonard,

    I don’t know. I have heard mixed reports about many dealerships.

    • Jack says:

      The Court fully approved the settlement on monday may 21 2017 according to the settlement website. Pretty sure they extended coverage to 12 years after the date purchased so it extends into the future if its not rusted through yet. I called Toyota and they have a message referring to the settlement site run by heffler. Hopefully the notices come soon so we all can resolve this issue ! http://www.toyotaframesettlement.com

      On April 27, 2017, the Court held the Final Fairness Hearing. On May 21, 2017, the Court issued its Final Order and Final Judgment approving the settlement.

  41. Leonard M Tompkins says:

    What should I do to get my Tundra repaired as the gas tank shield is falling off.

    ADMIN – Hi Leonard,

    Contact Toyota customer service.

  42. Elena says:

    Hi-

    I own a 2005 Toyota Tacoma and I just called (May 24) a dealership near me and told them the final order and settlement was reached and they said “we cannot see you yet since we have not been given direction by Toyota”. What should I do?

    ADMIN – Hi Elena,

    You can contact Toyota customer service and see if they can help you.

  43. Rod Mendez says:

    Hi, I own 2005 Tacoma that was inspected several years ago. They advised me that it had passed. The truck was never rust proofed. What is my next step.

    ADMIN – Hi Rod,

    Why don’t you ask for another inspection?

    • Rod Mendez says:

      Do I need to wait for the results of the settlement. I had my mechanic look at the frame and found it to be bad. Do i need to fill out a claim form?

      ADMIN – Hi Rod,

      Yes you need to file a claim

      • Jim says:

        “Claims” are only for reimbursement for frame replacement done previously at owner expense. If your vehicle is included is the settlement, you must wait for Toyota to begin the inspection protocol, and then request such inspection for your vehicle. As of 6-5-2017, Toyota has not notified its dealers concerning the inspection protocol.

  44. Genie Insko says:

    My husban and I had a 2005 Toyota Tundra and we were going to let our Son drive it and had a mechanic checking it over and replacing break pads and the rear bumper and he told us that it was so rusty underneath the entire frame and a 5 gallon bucket of rust fell out of it, so he recommended that we contact the dealership we bought it new from, they said there was nothing we could do. The mechanic said it was rusted so bad that it could fall apart. We also called the corporate office of Toyota and they said there was a limited campaign for a recall on our Tundra and that they mailed us a letter, we never received a letter and they refused to do anything. We went to a car dealership in September and traded the Tundra in and purchased our son a car and we disclosed to the dealership the problem we had with the rusty frame and we got $3,500.00 and the Tundra was valued for around $15,000.00 we lost big money because of poor service by Toyota. I work as a loan officer and I am letting all my customers know about our Toyota experience. The dealership ended up selling our Tundra to someone without telling them about the rust for good used price of around $12,000.00. I noticed your lawsuit doesn’t name the 2005 – 2008 Tundras which is wrong. I’m sure the issues don’t just apply to the Tacomas and Sequoias. I’m sure there will be additional law suits. I will never buy a Toyota again.

  45. Run Toun says:

    Run Toun Say.

    I am own a Toyota Tundra 2007. and I problems with Rust crosse all over the Farm and Gas Tank. bracket holder. the nut and bold same like fall a parts. is any of I need s to fill out form?
    claim my Settlement? Thanks, Run

    ADMIN – Hi Run,

    The 2007 is part of the settlement. Consider filing a claim.

  46. Terry Brennan says:

    Can I take my truck to another company besides Toyota to have my frame inspected? My truck is in one of these categories but I do not trust Toyota to inspect it.

    ADMIN – Hi Terry,

    I am sure you can take your truck wherever you want but I don’t think Toyota will pay for it.

  47. Luis Andrey says:

    Hey, I own a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The truck was inspected at a Toyota dealership on February 2017, the dealership declared my truck unsafe to drive due to holes on the frame. I have own the truck for over one year, when will Toyota dealerships be authorized to start working on the recalls? Thanks for your time.

    ADMIN – Hi Luis,

    I have no updates on this one.

  48. Jeff White says:

    Bought a Toyota Tacoma new 2004 been a great truck but frame is getting very bad have talked to Toyota about replacing it was told they couldn’t do it excellent truck other than that can’t stop driving it as I need it for work so am buying parts to try and fix what I can on the frame need to know if Toyota will ever have to fix the frame my pills

  49. Charlie Miller says:

    I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and the frame is bad….Toyota has told me the time limit on the recall has ran out…..do I have any ground to stand on to have my truck fixed. .?

    ADMIN – Hi Charlie,

    This settlement only applies to vehicles made after 2005 and until 2008

  50. Mitchell Lindsay says:

    I have a 2004 with a bad frame as well. Everyone on here who doesn’t fit the criteria for the class action needs to file a complaint with the NHTSA so we can all get our trucks fixed!

  51. Pat Cornishhall says:

    I have a 2007 Sequoia and am original owner. Shouldn’t I have gotten a card from Toyota

    ADMIN – Hi Pat,

    Yes, your car appears to be part of the class.

  52. Kwok Ng says:

    I have a 2005 sequoia bought at July 2005.VIN 5TDBT44A55S247710 . The frame rusted and broken. The SUV was sitting at the Toyota dealer from 6/7/2017 . The dealer said that he contacted the Toyota headquarter and never got answers. I went back to the dealer on 6/13 2017 they told me the same answer . I asked them do the sequoia under the inspect and replace program. The service guy told me that the program ended. He said the new settlement needs time for Toyota slowly runs fixing the frame. Now my sequoia will expire under the 12 years from the day of purchase in 3 weeks. I contacted Admin from settlement, they didn’t call me back or e mail back. I called 1-800-481-7948, it’s just answering machine and no real person answers . And I have a 2008 Tundra on the settlement list too , I asked dealer to set up appointment to inspect, the service guys told me to wait until Toyota mail me the recall . The problem is I saw people file the claim from the settlement,when I try to enter the information, Admin asked for did I paid for repairs out of my own pocket. I answered no and they said I am not qualify for the claim. I don’t know what to do, please help

    ADMIN – Hi Kwok,

    Contact the attorneys handling the case. They may be able to provide with some guidance.

    • Kwok Ng says:

      The 1-800-481-7948 I called, it’s computer answering program . No answers through e mail . But thank you for your advice

      ADMIN – Hi Kwok,

      Reach out to class counsel instead.

  53. Thomas Dascole says:

    I have a 2000 Toyota tundra ,they replaced the chassis and have nothing but headaches with the truck ever since .I still have the truck.I like the truck,when they said that they are going to replace the chassis I asked the to buy it back and I will buy a new one,they said no .the bill for the chassis was $11600.00 plus the car they gave me for two months, and I lost money because I didn’t have my truck to run my home improvement business.

    ADMIN – Hi Thomas,

    I am sorry you had such a bad experience, The settlement however does not apply to cars made in 2000

  54. DMiller says:

    My 2008 Tacoma had a rust preventative treatment to the frame during the recall of 2015. The rust preventative that was applied has since dried and flaked off. The frame now shows signs of severe rusting with flakes of iron coming off on a regular basis. Would this frame condition be considered eligible for replacement after already being treated once?

    ADMIN – Hi D,

    I believe you do. The settlement is for replacement not for treatment.

  55. Matthew Blossom says:

    I have a 2005 Tacoma, and called my local dealership today to see if they would inspect the frame, and they are saying that the recall has expired, that there is a class action lawsuit, and that I need to wait for Toyota to send a notification to me when the lawsuit gets settled. Should I contact a different dealer?

    ADMIN – Hi Matthew,

    Reach out to the main customer service line for Toyota, if they don’t give you an option you will have to file a claim.

  56. Thomas laird says:

    I have a 2005 tocoma and my vin is one that is encluded in the suit has this suit been settled and is Toyota going to have to replace my frame. Or did the lawyers get paid and the vechile owners get left behind

    ADMIN – Hi Thomas,

    If your VIN is included follow the instructions to file a claim. The attorneys will get paid regardless they did their job.

  57. Ulises says:

    How can I file a claim? I thought you can only file a claim if you paid any money to someone.
    How’s the did that settlement went up to this point what can we do?

    ADMIN – Hi Ulises,

    Here is the document with the details.
    http://www.toyotaframesettlement.com/DocumentHandler.ashx?DocPath=/Documents/Toyota_Tacoma_Formatted_Long_Form_Notice.pdf

  58. Carl Hampton says:

    Last fall I was told my frame was rusted through enough on the passenger side so it wouldn’t pass inspection. Toyota wouldn’t do anything; I couldn’t afford to pay a frame replacement so I had a frame/collision shop cut out the rusted portion and weld in a new piece. Can I get reimbursed for that cost even if the frame wasn’t replaced?

    ADMIN – Hi Carl,

    Contact the class action administrator.

  59. Kim L. Cain says:

    I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma and it was inspected last March by Toyota but they said it was not bad enough but it has a lot of rust and some mechanics have said so don’t know what to do!

  60. Sawyer says:

    When is the appeal period expected to be over? When will I be able to have the frame inspected and replaced by my local dealership? Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Sawyer,

    I have no new updates regarding timelines for this settlement.

  61. Douglas Fuller says:

    my local dealer inspected my 2006 Tocoma and failed the State Inspection due to a broken frame. They provided me a number for customer service which I called. The service rep said that someone would call me back in 1 business day, which has not happen. I had to rent a car from Enterprise to commute. Nobody is responding. What do I Do????

    ADMIN – Hi Douglas,

    I would contact them again. Or I would go to a dealership and have them contact customer service on your behalf.

  62. young kyu song says:

    I have 2006 Toyoda sequoia. when I check car frame it so rust and sway bar broke of from frame is not fixable.I call to dealer they say it cost 3000.00 to fix and this problem not yet to recall. please someway I can get help. thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Young,

    Not all rust damage has to do with defects. Sometimes it is related to true damage from incidents such as floods or when you live in an area where roads are salted in the winter.

  63. Franc S. Gaskill says:

    First and fore most, my frame has been inspected. However; I did some inspecting of my own, and found that the shock towers are rusting, small penitrations in the frame, made when it was manufactured, are rusting. Where the trailer hitch is mounted to the frame is rusting. There are a number of welds on the sheet metal that are rusting. I am concerned that if I tried to change the spare tire. I may not be able to use the hanger again , it is solid rust. One part of my frame,[ on the right side ] has been sprayed with some type of coating. when I brushed it off I found rust. My chrome rims are flaking off and have been resurfaced once already, still flaking. Yes- Yes I know this only a frame claim, but my goodness if they exspect me or any consumer to purchase another TOYOTA vehicle they should certainly pay attention to the existing problems now. I am not that customer who will be riding down the road with the engine purring ,but the body is rusted to beat hell. I am about to start looking soon. WHAT dealer should I start with?

    ADMIN – Hi Franc,

    If you are asking our recommendation on a truck that won’t rust I would seriously consider the Ford made with aluminum body. Thanks for trusting us to be your vehicle advisor.

  64. rick tanner says:

    i have a 2001 Tacoma. I love it and have taken very good care of it. There is no rust on it anywhere, except the frame which is almost rusted in two in several places. I know it was not built to last forever, but … i repeat…
    the rest of the truck is fine. my conclusion is bad frame. now, what is going to happen if i’m driving down the road, and it fails, i wreck into someone and they are injured, who is at fault? Toyota should just fix the problem!!!! I’m driving slowly in WV!!

    ADMIN – Hi Rick,

    Frustrating indeed. If I had a Toyota I would sell it ASAP

  65. Chris jackson says:

    Hi I have a 08 Tacoma with under 50k mileage I’ve kept it in a garage and done all the maintenance for its entire life so far. I was told after inspection that there was rust but not enough for them to say yes to a replacement. Is there anything that I can do going forward? It’s just hard to believe that I should be getting punished for doing the right thing. Am I sitting on a ticking time bomb at this point?

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    Perhaps escalate to Toyota customer service?

  66. Tony says:

    Earlier this year I saw rust on the frame of our 2006 Sequoia and brought it to an auto shop. They advised that the care is unsafe and should be looked at by a dealership. The dealership performed a rust inspection and said that because their system does not show any recall, that I had to call corporate. They concluded that because of the rust to the frame that it was unsafe to drive and that we had to sign a waiver in order to take the vehicle back. After several calls to Corporate, they told us that there wasn’t anything they can do and refer us to the class action lawsuit website. Unbelievable!

  67. Mike Wall says:

    I have a 2000 Toyota Tacoma and I have a hole in the frame in front of the left rear spring Hanger. I am told it is not covered because I am outside the 15 year window, however who is at fault If my frame breaks while driving and I wreck and kill my family or others?

    Thanks for your help,

    Mike Wall

    ADMIN – Hi Mike,

    If you have a vehicle that is 15 years old and it is unsafe for your family and you are aware that it is unsafe why would you continue driving it regardless of who is at fault?

  68. Matt Groves says:

    I have 2000 toyota tacoma that was inspected and was not bad enough to replace but was sprayed with corrosin resistant treatment and still holes and shock bracket broke talked to dealers and toyota won’t fix it I thought the spray was guaranteed is it not?

    ADMIN – Hi Matt,

    We don’t know. Have you contacted Toyota’s customer service?

    • Matt Groves says:

      Yes everyone said that is over not doing it anymore I guess it time to talk to a lawyer don’t want to do that but the spraying didn’t resist anything like they said to bad I own 4 toyota time to phase them out work to hard to be given run around.

  69. Cheryl Tatum says:

    My frame has rust, though I doubt they will ever fix it or even acknowledge it. But they had to have seen the rust because I take my vehicle for checkups every 6 months religiously. How is it that some vehicles have already been taken care of by being contacted, but others have not? It was past the deadline when I even heard about the lawsuit. Why is that? The dealership where I take my vehicle for its 6 month checkups won’t do anything until they have been instructed to do so. What’s up with that?

    ADMIN – Hi Cheryl

    Excellent questions that can be best answered by the class action administrator. Send them an email or a letter.

    • Cheryl Tatum says:

      I sent the administrator a letter a couple months ago as you had suggested, but have not heard back. How long does it usually take for them to respond?

      ADMIN – Hi Cheryl,

      Usually within a couple of weeks.

      • Cheryl Tatum says:

        I am resubmitting my letter again now as I am typing this reply, and mailing it tomorrow morning. I will also contact the dealership where I take my truck religiously for six month check ups.

  70. Lisa says:

    I have now have my dad’s 2007 tacoma that wasnt inspected for rust but appears rusty, he passed away this year would we be eligible?

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

    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.

  71. Kim says:

    I own a 2005 Tacoma and it has been inspected by a Toyota dealer in Canada and it needs a new frame and is now not driveable as the frame is cracked and the engine is falling out. Toyota has given us an estimate of 10,600. Canadian dollars to replace the frame. Would we be eligible? We are Canadian and purchased the US truck in Canada. It was a Tacoma that was distributed for sale in the States.

    ADMIN – Hi Kim,

    Contact the admin. I don’t think this includes Canadian citizens.

  72. Nora Mullen says:

    We had our frame replaced (no expense to us) on our 2006 Tacoma last year under the previous recall but now the dealer has told us we may still be covered and need to have the new frame inspected to see if this one also needs replacement. Could that really be legitimate?

    ADMIN – Hi Nora,

    Yup, it could be the real thing

  73. Carlos R Morales says:

    I purchase 2006 tundra in october of 2016 and it have inflamated rust in the frame were the bracket that supports the rear leaf springs are and guess what 2006 is no included why to me thats a safety issue like the air bags so i guess i will have to take toyota to court all by my self and spend a lot of many in lawyers since they were so intelectual to draw a line in to say only from 2007 and up ,such is life

    • Brian says:

      If somebody starts law suit for 2006 Tundras I am in!!! Beyond words that my Tundra has rusted out and I only get run around from corporate..Inspected at dealership. Will be last Toyota for me..

  74. Franeda may says:

    We have a toyota tocoma1999 with rusted frame not safe to drive what ca we do about this our local toyota dealer says to wait for a reply from the company but we never hear anything

    ADMIN – Hi Franeda,

    Just insist with Toyota customer service.

  75. Julie McKay says:

    I called a local dealership to request an inspection of the frame (my mechanic said there was evidence of rust damage, It’s an ’05 Tacoma, purchased new. Currently has 51,000 miles) The dealer refused, and wouldn’t even talk to me on the phone, simply said they ‘couldn’t help’ me. What do I do now?

    ADMIN – Hi Julie,

    Contact Toyota customer service.

  76. Karl k says:

    Is it to late to claim?

    ADMIN – Hi Karl,

    SEEK INSPECTION UNDER THE FRAME INSPECTION AND REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
    Have the frame of your vehicle inspected to determine whether your frame should be replaced. If the inspection shows that your frame should be replaced, an authorized Toyota Dealer will replace the frame, at no cost to you. At your request and if your vehicle is kept overnight, Toyota shall also provide a complimentary Loaner Vehicle (upon proof of adequate insurance) for up to seven (7) days, absent exceptional circumstances, while your vehicle’s frame is replaced.
    The longer of either (a) twelve (12) years from the date the vehicle was originally sold or leased; or (b) one (1) year from the date of entry of the Final Order and Judgment
    FILE A CLAIM
    TO SEEK REIMBURSEMENT
    You may submit Claims for previously paid out-of-pocket costs for frame replacement incurred on a Subject Vehicle to address rust perforation that satisfies the Rust Perforation Standard that were incurred prior to January 3, 2017 and that were not otherwise reimbursed. This is the only way that you can get reimbursed.
    July 20, 2017

  77. A Tarantino says:

    In June of 2017 an appeal was filed regarding the class action settlement. Until those appeals are heard and decided, there will be no action required by Toyota or their dealers. The dealerships only do what the home office tells them to do regarding recalls and this decision is still unresolved. If you’re part of the class you will be notified once this is settled out. Since the deadline for filing claims for out of pocket exspenses has already expired as per the original settlement, now that the appeals process has kicked in, common sense would dictate that the deadline will be revised assuming the lawsuit and settlement prevails. This is a big money settlement, hopefully the lawyers are not the only ones to benefit in the end.

    • Lisa says:

      This is not true call the attorney 619-338-1100… Toyota is taking vehicles now and has been since July. My truck is at dealer now with an approval from Toyota Corp to replace frame.

  78. mike Lafayette says:

    Same as with everyone else. Toyota dealer refuses to inspect frame. Independent repairman checked and said it is very bad. We have been trying to get answers for over a year. Thought we were in on a class action suit but haven’t heard a word. Vehicle sits most of the time.

  79. Scott says:

    I have a 2005 Tacoma that we took back to the dealer when we received the recall notice for the frame. The frame was not replaced. We just had the truck inspected and was told that the rear passenger side frame is rusted and cracked. Because of this they said we may not pass inspection next year. Should we expect Toyota to take care of this or is it going to be the typical battle you have to go through to get them to do what is right.

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    Not familiar with the way Toyota handles customer care.

  80. Rosie says:

    what a piece of crap truck ,mine is a 2003 looks like it came out of a lake after being there for 5 years.

  81. jesse says:

    I purchased a 05 Sequoia shortly after the Dec, 02 cutoff date. The Wholesaler covered the rust with paint and some other type of material. Are there any steps I can take to get the reimbursements from this settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Jesse,

    We are not in a position to provide with guidance on this matter.

  82. Daniel Camara says:

    Free Frame Inspections In Massachusetts
    Herb Chambers Toyota of Boston
    Ask For Daniel Camara Call 508-617-1439
    Toyota Tacoma’s from 2005 to 2010, Toyota Tundras 2007 to 2008 and Toyota Sequoia 2005 to 2008

  83. Michael Alwell says:

    I have a 2001 Tacoma 4×4. Toyota dealer rust Proof the frame October 2010 now I’m suppose to get the safety recall done for the spare tire. Because the frame is to bad can’t do the necessary safety recall for the spare tire So The dealer had me call Toyota as these are suppose to be replace on a case-by-case basis But so far Toyota said only way they will do the recall is after I pay to replace the frame. So if I drive and the spare falls off it’s Toyota that has refused to fix. What am I to do??

    ADMIN – Hi Michael,

    Your car is not part of this settlement therefore you have no legal recourse. This settlement is for the following vehicles: 2005 to 2010, Toyota Tundras 2007 to 2008 and Toyota Sequoia 2005 to 2008.Your car is really old and has probably exceeded its usable life.

  84. Greg says:

    I have a 08 tundra, It was brand new in 08 and I have some rust on the frame. I called Toyota and they said I am not in the settlement. Well today Two things. I did get a card from a lawyer in Phil. Pa. 2nd I just talked to another Toyota owner and He is telling him me that the engine looks like water damage. Ac line has bronze look to them ,Clamps are rusting etc.He said it maybe flood damage in 08. I only have 106000 on the vehicle. Help someone, looking for an answer.

    ADMIN – Hi Greg,

    If you got a card from a lawyer he is probably exploring the potential of a class action settlement. You should consider calling the lawyer back.

    • brigitt m graves says:

      I live in Roseville, Ca. Have cooperated with the instructions of the toyotaframesettlement class action lawsuit, I took my truck in to get inspected at Roseville Toyota and the manager said the lawsuit final order says only the states that had road salt qualify for the frame inspection and that my state (California) was not included, then he told me that the Toyota manufacture just agreed to extend the guarantee for 12 years from when the truck was manufactured, so my trucks a 2007, Im assuming I am covered until what the year 2019? I don’t know what is going on. If anyone knows, please share. Thank you for reading. Thank God I have no rust as of today but recently a used car lot was selling a 2015 Toyota Tundra and I got down on my knees and looked under, that thing was completely orange, rust for days and they were selling this piece of crap for like 30K. SMH that is just plain dirty.

  85. Joe Dunbar says:

    I purchased a 2007 tundra July 2016 in great shape til I took for front end alignment and state inspection, inspector told me frame was rusting out ,tried to fill out online claim form says deadline has passed.

    ADMIN – Hi Joe,

    Correct. For future reference before buying a used car look for recalls and lawsuits.

  86. Santos Barrientos says:

    I bought a 2005 Toyota Tacoma already lifted. If my truck qualifies for the rust warranty enhancement program will I still qualify for a replacement or do I need to bring it back down to stock?

    ADMIN – Hi Santos,

    That question is best addressed by the admin for the settlement. Their contact info is posted above.

  87. Lisa says:

    The dealers are excepting vehicles now. I have a 05 Sequoia and it is currently at my locale dealer waiting for a frame to come in. Toyota Corp approved the claim within one day of the dealer sending them in pictures. The dealer deemed my vehicle unsafe. Now it is a waiting game as to when the frame will come in but so far I have no complaints.

  88. Rob says:

    I just received a call from my local Toyota dealer telling me to bring my 2006 Tacoma in for an inspection.

    ADMIN – Hi Rob,

    Finally!

  89. Cheryl Tatum says:

    I went to the Toyota Dealer where I take my truck for service every 6 months, and for the 3rd time I asked them about checking my frame regarding the class action settlement. I asked to speak to a service MANAGER. He checked his computer, and sure enough there it was, my name with my truck. They checked my frame that day.

  90. Kevin L says:

    I have a 2007 tundra with 110,000 miles on it, I purchased it 5 years ago with 30,000 on it, paid the dealer to undercoat it, the gas tank strap mounting location on the crossmember has completely rotted off of the crossmember, Toyota is telling me that only the main frame is covered. Wouldn’t the crossmember be part of the fram structure? I have had it into the shop for the last two years, called Toyota corp and no one wants to talk about it. currently I made my own bracket and used one of the holes stamped in to the crossmember to attach it. Does any one have a copy of the official inspection procedure.

    ADMIN – Hi Kevin,

    Perhaps this will help you

    https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2009/RCMN-09V444-0123.pdf

  91. Darrell says:

    I have a 2001 Tacoma. My local dealership did the frame recall on it with the CRC spray a couple years ago. I noticed last night it’s really bad so I called them and they said bring it in. They will either replace the frame or clean and spray it again at their cost.

  92. John says:

    Hello,
    My 2005 Tacoma had the paint peel off the roof. I had it repainted, the hood and other parts started to peel and fade.
    I missed the deadline to file for this claim. Are there any other courses of action I can take to get my truck re-painted aside from out of pocket?

    Hate to pull the vet card, but I was in the Mid-East all of 16 and part of 17. My truck was not on the top of my to-do list.
    suggestions please.

    Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    This settlement had nothing to do with the roof. This is a settlement about the frame. A 2005 car is likely to peel if it has been exposed to the elements.

  93. Kristen Retzloff says:

    Hello! I currently have a 2005 Tacoma. The current recalls are leaf spring and the frame. When I called to bring it in to the dealership for the leaf spring, the gentleman mentioned the recall for the frame. I am taking it in soon to be inspected. Is there anything I need to know or do ahead of time to cover myself? I have read and printed the settlement report for reference. Thanks in advance!

    ADMIN – Hi Kristen,

    Have you filed a claim?

  94. Garrett says:

    I have a 2009 Tacoma double cab and just learned about this suit. I’ve been complaining for years at the extensive frame rust, it’s very excessive. Where do I go from here? The dealer seems to want nothing to do with it.

    ADMIN – Hi Garrett,

    The next step is to file a claim

  95. chris says:

    I have just bought a 2006 Tacoma a month a go a was told the frame was inspected and passed in august 2016.It was also undercoated. Now the frame is rotted out in the front cross member. I when back to toyota – they said the recall is over this is a USA truck & the recall ended on 12/31/16.Is there anything that i can do.

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    We don’t know of any options. 11 year old trucks are usually pretty rusty regardless.

  96. Rob creidler says:

    Purchased 2002 Tacoma double cab SR5 new. Took it off the road in 2009. Sat in my garage. 2011 I saw they we inspecting frames. Too late I was told. I missed the deadline for frame inspection. Filed claim with Toyota. Denied. THESE FRAMES WERE DEFECTIVE FROM DANA THE SUPPLIER FOR IMPROPER RUST PROTECTION. EVERYONE HERE BOUGHT A NEW OR USED TOYOTA WITH A FACTORY BUILT DEFECTIVE FRAME. TOYOTA, YOU ARE SCUMBAGS. NEVER AGAIN WILL I PURCHASE ONE OF YOUR PRODUCTS. ALL I WANTED WAS A NEW FRAME AND YOU WOULDNT DO THAT. THANKS A LOT TOYOTA. And by the way…they were and are still replacing 2002 model year

    ADMIN – Hi Rob,

    You do know that we are not Toyota?

  97. R Haskins says:

    It’s all about quality… or lack thereof.
    Here’s a couple of Tundra quality issues you can talk with your dealer’s service manager about:
    Bed Rust Service Bulletin TSB0101-12 NHTSA # 1004-5350
    Wheel Bearing Service Bulletin TSB0151-10 NHTSA # 1003-4128

    My dilemma is… do I take a low-ball trade-in on my 08 Tundra now, or do a wait and see if the lawsuit ever makes it past the appeal process in time for the 12 year fix it window before the truck dies of old age?

    I wonder why is it we can’t find out about these Service Bulletins affecting our vehicles until a long time after we have spent our money to make the repairs, if ever.

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Haskins,

    I wish I could give you some direction. I would sell it and get myself a Ford.

    • Jim Johnson says:

      Toyota is doing the inspections now. I had my 2006 Tacoma inspected on Oct. 17th, and it failed. I am awaiting word from the dealer about a time frame for the replacement. Curiously, I had called the dealership to inquire of any news about the free inspections. After a few minutes of being on hold, the person returned to the phone and offered an appointment time at my convenience. That call was on Friday, with the appointment scheduled for the following Tuesday. On Monday, the 16th, I received a notice from Toyota U.S.A. in the mail advising me that my vehicle was eligible for the “Warranty Enhancement Program.” Perhaps, since your Tundra is an ’08, they haven’t proceeded that far with the notifications at this point.

      • Jim Johnson says:

        I received a call from my local Toyota dealership on Oct. 26th, stating that they had received a replacement frame for my Tacoma, and requested I make an appointment to have the work done. They informed me that the replacement would take approximately a week, and offered a loaner vehicle for my use. The work should begin on Oct. 31st.

        • Jim Johnson says:

          I picked up my Tacoma at the dealership today, 11-10-2017. It took a little longer than a week because extra parts had to be ordered and installed. Truck sits up a little higher in the rear because new leaf springs were installed.

          ADMIN – Hi Jim,

          I am sure that feels weird.

  98. Richard Burk says:

    I have a 2003 Toyota sequoia that the frame has rusted and is unsafe to drive, checked with Toyota , they said there was a recall but we never received it and they will not do anything . why would the 2001 through 2004 vehicles not included in this settlement, and can they be added

    ADMIN – Hi Richard,

    If you believe there is a class action opportunity for that model I encourage you to contact a class action lawyer and get something started.

  99. Hozona bullock says:

    I bought a new 09 Toyota Tacoma from the dealer in Clinton, NJ. I signed up & got notified for the Class Action lawsuit. The frame was inspected and passed in Sept 18 2017. I complained about rust for accumulating years. The truck is garage kept with 109,000 miles. What if i disagree with the inspection report? I was thinking to have it evaluated with an estimate at Ziebart? Any information would be gladly appreciated. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Hozona,

    Private lawyer perhaps?

    • Jim Johnson says:

      The criteria for a “fail” on the inspection is any perforation of the frame exceeding 10 mm. I would suggest either you, a friend, or a mechanic you trust do an inspection looking for such a perforation in the frame. Also, if you are dissatisfied with the dealer’s pass of the frame, Toyota will pay for an inspection at a different dealership. Check the info at http://www.toyotaframesettlement.com/
      A 10 mm perforation is about 3/8 inch.

  100. John Newell says:

    Hello,

    Are 2008 Tacomas in the state of Hawaii covered by this recall?

    Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    The class eligibility reads as follows:

    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.

  101. lance says:

    I purchased a 2002 land cruiser new, frame rust problems, why is there no class action suit on this. another problem is the a/c drain tube rotted out the sway bar on passenger side of vehicle, I had that fixed by a body shop, also catalytic converter rusted out, I spoke to Toyota years ago about this and they said no one complained about this.

    ADMIN – Hi Lance,

    Usually if nobody complains you really don’t have a class action. If you check on Toyota forums and you notice a pattern of failure for your particular model I encourage you to get a hold of a class action attorney.

  102. Dave says:

    Hell I have an 06 Tacoma and just got a letter about the frame inspection. Does anyone know the requirements for the frame failing? I have heard a hole 10mm or greater will warrant a new frame. Does anyone know if this is true, and if just excessive rust with no holes could qualify for a new frame? I have not found any holes but the rust is very bad.

    ADMIN – Hi Dave,

    If you scroll up someone posted a document that shows the minimum and maximum damage to qualify for a new frame.

    • Dave says:

      Cool Thanks! Yes I found it- 10mm hole or larger for frame replacement. Seems like a hole of any size should qualify

    • Jim Johnson says:

      Dave, If I had a frame that was extremely rusty (large pieces flaking off), I would take it in for an inspection. If it passed, I would not hesitate to use a hammer in suspicious looking spots to see if a hole might be hidden by the flaking metal. If an inspection passes, and you are not satisfied with the result, the settlement states that you have the option of a second no-charge inspection at a different dealership.

  103. Bobby says:

    I had the inspection done yesterday on my 08 Tundra and they said the frame was good. My issue is that they charged me $56 for the inspection, should we have to pay for this recall inspection?

    ADMIN – Hi Bobby,

    For some reason I recall inspections before July of 2015 had no cost. I encourage you to contact the class action administrator or class counsel to see if the program is still in place.

  104. Robert Mansur says:

    Two thumbs up. I took my 2007 Tacoma to my local dealership (Szott Toyota) to have the frame inspected and it failed inspection. The service manager took pictures and measurements of the hole. He then submitted the results to Toyota. Within two days Toyota approved the frame replacement. It took two or three weeks for the frame and related parts to arrive. The dealer replaced the frame in five days. I had to take the truck back for very minor repair of the inner splash shield. They did a phenomenal job. The whole process was totally stress free from start to finish.. This is our first Toyota vehicle we have owned and Toyota and my dealer has made me loyal customer for life. I will not hesitate to purchase a Toyota for my future vehicle.

  105. Robert T. White says:

    Hi, I previously owned a 2008 Toyota Tundra. In May of 2017 I traded for a new truck because the frame was bad. The Toyota dealer said they could not allow me full trade in value because of the rust. Am I eligible for compensation in the difference on the trade in?

    ADMIN – Hi Robert,

    In reading the class eligibility you will note that prior owners also qualify but it appears to be only for expenses associated with repairs/replacement and not depreciation. I would suggest that you contact class counsel to obtain clarification.

  106. Matt Thomas says:

    Am I still eligible to have an inspection by Toyota completed I don’t believe I filed a claim but I may have? Is there any way to verify that I filed a claim? If I file a claim what is my next course of action? I do have frame damage on my 2009 Toyota Tacoma but I am not sure if it is rust related.

    ADMIN – Hi Matt,

    To see if you filed a claim you can email or call the class action administrator. Their contact info is posted above.

  107. Hilary Coulter says:

    I have a 2005 scion xa. The exhaust pipe rusted out last year. Big hole. Dose this qualify?

    ADMIN – Hi Hilary,

    No, your car does not qualify.

  108. Mark Kramer says:

    I have a 2003 tundra that had the frame recall completed in 2012. The dealer performed this by coating the frame. Fast forwards to 2017 and the frame has rust through. Toyota is declining and further repair but at the dealership I saw a 2003 Tacoma having a frame replaced under warranty. Do I have any recourse? Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Mark,

    Please reach out to the class action administrator.

  109. Dee says:

    Hi
    I have a 2006 Toyota Tundra with 80000 miles on it. Has anyone had any issues with a 2006 Tundra. They say it’s not part of the recall. The frame is rusted out in one year and will not pass inspection. Does anyone have any suggestions? Toyota sorry not helping you.

    ADMIN – hi Denise,

    Do you live in a place with a climate that is conducive to corrosion?

    • Stephen Skinner says:

      I also have a 2006 Toyota Tundra and with 100,000 mi and the frame is rusted out.
      I live in Ontario Canada. (North of many of the States)
      What Can I do?

      ADMIN- Hi Stephen,

      Contact a class action attorney in Canada.

  110. Donna says:

    I have a 2007 Toyota Sequoia and the frame qualified for a a new frame. I was told I had to drive the vehicle to Illinois (I live in Tennessee) to have the repair made. No communication on when the frame would be in. I waited three months, made several phone calls to the service department — no one could tell me anything. On the same day I was told there was still no update on timing for the frame, I wrote the GM of Toyota Arlington about my disappointment and concern over driving a vehicle that may not be safe. Within one hour, his service department called and said they have a frame and the work was complete within four days. When I left the dealership, they told me the new frame correct a right pull that was happening and that I basically had a “new ride.” Yesterday (one week later), I drove my SUV to a dealership in Hendersonville TN because there was a fluid leak. On the way, the entire back half of the Sequoia dropped about a foot down and it is now not drivable. I was told there was a cracked seal on the differential and that it would take 3 hours to do a diagnostic test to determine what the issues with the rear drop are. They also told me Toyota Arlington noted 8 or 9 codes where there may be issues. Toyota Arlington did not mention this to me at all. In fact, they touted the frame just breathed new life into the vehicle. So now I’m left with two options: Fix it (cold cost thousands) or trade it in with a compromised value. NOT a happy customer and trust level just went to zero.

    ADMIN – Hi Donna,

    Consider consulting with a lawyer. You may have enough to have a private lawsuit.

  111. Chad Flanders says:

    I sold my qualifying truck to someone after December 2, 2016 and he just had some major failure due to rust. The verbiage of the eligibility statement includes the word “owned”. Is there any way I can make this claim on his behalf, or perhaps transfer the claim to him? Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Chad,

    I believe you can. Please contact the admin directly to obtain guidance.

  112. John says:

    I purchased my 2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited in 2014. The body is in great shape, practically flawless except the underneath frame is completely rusted , and has a crack, tried to get a weld but mechanic said no good, , I still owe a small bit on it, don’t want to get rid of it, anything I can do?

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    I don’t think so. That particular model is not part of the settlement. It is very unlikely that you have legal recourse for a vehicle that is 16 years old.

  113. Ron M. says:

    My truck is a 2011 Toyota Tacoma but was made and purchased in December 2010, is my truck still covered under this suit?

    ADMIN – Hi Ron,

    This is based on model numbers and not year of manufacturing.

  114. Ryan Edgren says:

    I have an 06 Sequoia a few months ago I was under it to check the air in the spare tire and did notice the Frame looks very rusty and knew there was a pending class action because I have been getting letters on it, yesterday I did get a letter from Toyota themselves not the from the class action admin explaining my Vehicle is part of the settlement and if I think my vehicle may be effected to call a dealer to have the frame inspected, I called my local dealer who I originally purchased the vehicle from in Miamisburg Ohio and they told me even though they are a full service factory toyota certified dealer they can not help me with this recall because all toyota will do if it fails the inspection is spray the frame and they do not have the proper permits from the county to use the spray, I showed him the letter from Toyota and that it only mentions frame replacement not frame spray and he advised that the recall in there database from Toyota only mentions a frame spray nothing about replacement.

    ADMIN – Hi Ryan,

    Consider contacting the class action administrator.

  115. John Harris says:

    I’ve been worried about my rusting frame for years. Had my 05 Sequoia Limited inspected last week and Dealer says it needs a new frame. They issued me a loaner car on the spot, said it will take 30 days +- to get parts and then 5-7 days to complete repairs.

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    I am glad they repaired your car. This settlement is mainly for those whose car has not been repaired.

  116. Nina says:

    I have a 1987 Toyota 4runner that looks almost as good as it did when we bought it new.. still runs great.. on its original frame
    I also have a 2001 Sequoia that the whole frame is rusted, while we were driving on the interstate it came lose in the rear end and we couldnt keep it on the road finally got it slowed down to pull off the road all while towing our family camper and our children.. we NEVER recieved any recall letter on this issue!! I think Toyota is getting careless and no longer paying attention to the quality of the vehicles any longer… I am writing a letter to Congress as well as my attorney as to no notification on recalls causing accidents and people losing their lives and loved ones their shouldn’t be any statue of limitations, or expiration dates on people lives and the safety of a vehicle….

    ADMIN – Hi Nina,

    If a car has been on salted roads they often have damage to the frame.

  117. Carlos S says:

    I purchased a 2006 sequoia from a private seller on Jan 1 2016 didn’t know about rust frame recall until now. I have not received a letter from this recall. What should I do or how do I know if I qualify for this recall?

    ADMIN – Hi Carlos,

    This is the 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.

    If you are a class member the first step is to take your care for an inspection to a Toyota dealership.

  118. Mark Quercia says:

    We have a 2008 tacoma which they are going to replace the frame on. The court document states they will replace frame and applicable parts related to the replacement. The dealer is telling us that we have to pay for new sway bars, links and bushings that will get broken when they remove frame. This doesn’t sound right to us, is it?

    ADMIN – Hi Mark,

    You need to contact the class action administrator to obtain clarification.

  119. Chris says:

    I have a US Tacoma that is registered in Canada. I joined the US class action and am being denied as my Toyota is registered in Canada. Toyota Canada tells me I must deal with Toyota USA. I had my frame inspected in Canada and it was undercoated by Toyota. Under 15,000 kms later a huge hole magically appeared. What recourse do I have at this time? I think it laughable that Toyota has denied my frame replacement solely because it’s a US truck registered in Canada. If there’s anyone else that shares my situation please reply. I’d be keen to hear what your story is.

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    This is a very interesting situation. Have you tried escalating through Toyota customer service.

  120. Chris says:

    How do I contact the class action administrator? Please provide info

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    The contact info for the admin is as follows:

    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
    1-800-481-7948

  121. Yang says:

    Hi,

    Had a 2005 Sequoia frame inspected and replaced, but after the job is done the exhaust pipe is broken from the muffler. To replace it the cost will be ~1500. Toyota said it’s the dealer problem, but the dealer blame on the age of the car. Anyone has the similar experience? should I pay myself to fix it?

    Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Yang,

    Pipes and mufflers are not part of the frame. If you live in a place were the roads are salted corrosion will happen and those parts will breaks particularly with a car as old as yours

    • Yang says:

      Thanks for your reply. But the exhaust pipe broken during the frame replacement process at the dealer. Is it unreasonable to ask them to fix it for free? i wouldn’t send the car for the frame repair if I had known i need to pay 1500+ to fix other things after the replacement.

      ADMIN – Hi Yang,

      You can always try asking but you won’t get too far. Your best option is to secure a private attorney.

      • Yang says:

        Thanks for the advice. I will try to bring the case to the small court where the dealership located. I have everything well documented and I think it worth a trial.

        ADMIN – Hi Yang,

        Best of luck. Let us know the results.

  122. Stephen Skinner says:

    My 2006 Toyota Tundra has had a bad frame for a few years. I have been looking for any recall for this Make, Model and Year but have not found one.
    I see some threads of owners of 2006 Tundra’s having the frame replaced and would like to hear from these owners and how they did it.

  123. C.Ferguson says:

    I’m a 2nd owner of a spotless 98′ x-cab tacoma. 4yrs. ago original owner took it to local dealership for frame inspection. Told him frame was fine and they put about 2″thick rubber undercoating over the whole frame! Upon doing some recent maintenance last week I noticed a blemish in the rear of frame(right in front of leaf spring shackle..passanger side).I scraped the thick gunk off to reveal a huge area of rust! Looks like to me this was nothing but a cover-up!! Is there anything I can do??

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Ferguson,
    98s are not included in this settlement. A 20 year old car has reached obsolescence. You can always contact Toyota directly but I don’t think they will do much for you.

    • C.Ferguson says:

      By the way…original owner has paper work from dealership when they did inspection,and what work was performed!!

  124. G. Gossmen says:

    I am the original owner – 2004 toyota tacoma 4×4 . Am I qualified for the frame replacement ? I am going to buy a new TACOMA !

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Gossmen,

    In reviewing the class eligibility as described below I see no mention of the year 2004

    ou 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.

    • G. Gossmen says:

      I AN THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF A 2004 TACCOMA 4X4 . AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A DIFFERENT BED ?

      ADMIN – Hi Mr. Gossmen,

      According to the terms of the settlement 2004 vehicles are not included.

  125. Carol says:

    Is anyone able to clarify what the below statement actually means? Specifically, the 2nd sentence.

    “In June, 2017, appeals were filed to the settlement. While this will delay full implementation of the settlement, the Frame Inspection and Replacement Program is being implemented at this time.”

    Toyota Canada is refusing to replace the frame on my 2005 Tacoma (originally a US truck) until this lawsuit is settled. The second part of the above statement seems to imply that Toyota is going ahead with the replacement of the rusty frames.

    Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Carol,

    It appears trucks currently in Canada are in limbo as far as having legal protection. You can always contact the class action administrator but I suspect there is not much that can be done.

    • Carol says:

      Let’s pretend my truck is in the US.
      Is Toyota starting to replace the frames even though the latest update says there were appeals filed in June 2017?

      From the web site:
      “In June, 2017, appeals were filed to the settlement. While this will delay full implementation of the settlement, the Frame Inspection and Replacement Program is being implemented at this time.”

      ADMIN – Hi Carol,

      If we are pretending you are in the US I have received numerous reports of frame replacements but I have no way to confirm them.

  126. Dan says:

    I am the original owner of a 2000 Tundra and the frame is rusted terminally. I just recently attempted to get Toyota to fix it and they referred me to a case manager who told me they would do nothing. Do I have any recourse?

    ADMIN – Hi Dan,

    The Tundra 2000 is not included in the settlement. Also a car that is 18 years old is likely to have rust regardless.

  127. Nataliya says:

    I own 2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited Edition. My frame is completely falling apart – most recent thing to go was driver side strut. Does my car qualify?
    Thanks in advance for help with this!

    ADMIN – Hi Nataliya,

    No it does not.

    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.

  128. Steve Weathersby says:

    I intend to purchase a 2005 Toyota Tacoma which has already been inspected and Toyota has agreed to replace the frame. Are they (Toyota) obligated under this lawsuit to continue the repair if ownership of the Toyota Tacoma changes during the repair process? In other words, can I purchase this vehicle while Toyota has it under repair so that I can satisfy the agreement with the current owner?

    ADMIN – Hi Steve,

    I don’t think it is transferable. You may want to double-check with the Class Action Administration but in reading the terms it appears you would not qualify

    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.

  129. Heather L Peterson says:

    So my 2011 Toyota Tacoma will not be fixed?? It’s rusted out!

    ADMIN – Hi Heather,

    No, it does not look like your vehicle is included.

    • Ron Reilly says:

      Gee Heather I can not believe what I am reading!! I was just at a Toyota dealership this morning looking at Forerunners and Tacomas. I happened to see a bunch of new frames sitting behind the dealership last month and wondered why.. I knew of the recall years ago but didn’t think this was still happening. I’ve bought GM for 30 years and was considering a Forerunner. Not now. This aweful what you are all being put through, those that “are outside the dates of this claim” but are still rotting out. Good luck and keep fighting.

  130. Llouella mcguire says:

    HAVE 2001 TACOMA bought at toyota of bristol in 2002 body still looks new .took to muffler shop found frame is shot.live bristol tn not a bad weather area.took in toyota of bristol told me they were not going to fix.called toyota headquarters,said not going to fix.very very rude.told me to get lawer they dont care still not fixing. dont have money to fix never buy toyota.thought they were a good company.its not consumer fault they put bad frames under trucks.how do they deside whos truck get fixed bad is bad did not receive any information about bad frames .is their any thing i can do .alot of good toyota loyal customers are gettig the shaft bought a new toyota celica i realy am disappointed in toyota. cant even trade it in they made it plain they did not want it is junk

    ADMIN – Hi Llouella,

    Your truck is not part of the settlement. This is for more recent models. Your car is old enough to be rusty from just natural wear and tear.

  131. Tommy says:

    I have a 2002 Tundra Limited that I purchased in 2004. I am the 2nd owner, I have never received any recall notices. My mechanic informed me yesterday that I have severe frame rust along with rust on the control arms, rear differential and shock towers. Is my vehicle part of the frame recall law suit?

    ADMIN – Hi Tommy,

    Your vehicle is not part of the class action settlement

    The class includes Toyota Tacomas from 2005 to 2010, Toyota Tundras 2007 to 2008 and Toyota Sequoia 2005 to 2008.

  132. wendyyorkbriggs says:

    Hi – I just bought a 2010 Tacoma w access cab from bennington vermont toyota dealership. When I brought it to New York for inspection today, my mechanic says the amount of rust is advanced for an 8 year old truck with 38000 mis. I can’t seem to find information based on the VIN about the frame, VIN 5TEUU4EN6AZ695328. The dealership didn’t mention the severe rust or anything about the frame recall. Is it possible this truck qualifies and what if the dealer doesn’t think so? There are a couple of other dealers in New York to ask. Thank you for any help!

    ADMIN – Hi Wendy,

    Are you telling me you tried the tool provided and it did not appear as listed?

  133. Bruce says:

    My 2006 Tacoma was inspected and undercoated at my Vermont local service center. Recent service revealed a frame perforation > 10 cm. Is this truck eligible for frame replacement?

    ADMIN – Hi Bruce,

    Your dealership will be best qualified to help you interpret the terms of the settlement.

  134. jon says:

    Just got my 2010 back from dealer for a “frame spray”
    The underside/frame and some surrounding areas such as shocks etc is now covered with what looks like grease
    It’s wet and very messy.
    Does it ever dry or cure? Seems like it’s subject to washing off in any rainstorm
    If it does not stay as applied, then it would also not be serving any purpose other than to appear as if something has been done.

    ADMIN – Hi Jon,

    Posting your comment to see if another community member can answer it.

  135. Roger C says:

    I also have a 2000 Tacoma. The body is not rusted yet the frame is rusted thru and thru. Older vehicles than that still have strong frames with no rust or only surface rust. No one believes that chassis less than 20 years old are due to be junked for rust, not in a properly manufactured vehicle under normal use! Mine has less than 68k miles. Toyota is playing games with me in an effort to evade the fact that they have known that it was defectively manufactured and to avoid their responsibility. Do we need another class action to hold Toyota accountable? I’m ready. Meanwhile state court litigation is in order. Thank you. Rogerc[at]cognizor.com

    ADMIN – Hi Roger,

    I believe the average life of a car is 13 years.

  136. Brandon Ryan says:

    I have 2002 Tacoma that has a major crack in the frame. Apparently, I never received the recall information they sent out many years ago. I went back and forth with customer service to no avail. I am devastated and desperate to resolve this issue and Toyota made it clear they would not pay for it. I am now looking for my next step to rectify this situation. I have taken excellent care of my vehicle since 2001 and I expected to drive it for many more years.
    What can I do? Can you help?
    Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Brandon,

    Your car is not included in the settlement

    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.

  137. Joe says:

    I have a 2005 Tacoma. In 2016 I had the frame inspected by Toyota, at which time it was undercoated under the limited service campaign. On 4/14/2018 I discovered a 6″ long 3/4″ wide perforation if the frame wall adjacent the catalytic converter.
    The Warranty Enhancement Program Details states that the coverage offers the latter of 12 years from the Date of First Use (DOFU) or 1 year from the date of final approval (5/21/2017). My DOFU is shown to be 5/21/2017. I have passed the 12 year limit. Am I reading this correctly that in that I still have till 5/21/2018 to place a claim?

    ADMIN – Hi Joe,

    Reach out to class counsel. They will be able to provide you with clarification and direction.

  138. Charlene says:

    I have a 2003 Sequoia and I just found out the frame is rusted out as well, My mechanic just informed me he can not put car on lift because of rust. The vehicle is unsafe to drive. I purchased this vehicle used and I did not see anything regarding frame rust on the car fax or recalls. I am very interested in joining in Class Action Suit. Please advise how to get on board. I am still paying a loan on this vehicle and I live on social security and can not afford another loan. I bought a Toyota because I thought they were a very good vehicle. Boy was I wrong. Do I have any recourse?

    ADMIN – Hi Charlene,

    2003 Toyotas are not part of this settlement, there have been no recalls for this vehicle. There are many reasons for rust among them vehicles that have been in floods, vehicles driven where the roads are treated with salt etc.

  139. Bill Tippins says:

    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 leased, etc. What does this mean to me if I did own and paid off, and traded said vehicle? I’m sure the dealership (private, Not Toyota) knew about this recall, and gave me less for the truck then the true value of the vehicle. Is there any recourse for me?
    Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    If you paid for a frame replacement before you sold the vehicle there is a clause that covers reimbursement even if you sold the car. As for depreciation I don’t see any consideration.

  140. Robyn says:

    Can you tell me what the dealerships are using to coat the frame? I got my Toyota Sequoia done and they put like a tar substance on it. It’s 2 weeks out and the tar is still a thick sticky substance and anything on the road is sticking to it. My car is a mess underneath. You can visibly see everything stuck to the frame if you look at the frame from the tires.

    ADMIN – Hi Robyn,

    I can’t. We are not the class action administrators thus we lack info on the details behind the remedies for this settlement.

  141. Jon Boyce says:

    Just found out my 2004 Tacoma frame is rusted out and unsafe. I took it to the dealer twice for inspection and reapplying the undercoating I had purchased as an “Extra”. Do I have any recourse?

    ADMIN – Hi Jon,

    Not under this settlement

  142. Robert Stoehr says:

    While having the front struts replaced on my 2007 FJ Cruiser, a crack in the frame was discovered caused by heavy rust. Will Toyota give FJ Cruiser owners any recourse?

    ADMIN – Hi Robert,

    I don’t think the FJ is part of this settlement.

  143. Bijan K Shahidi says:

    Hi,
    I am the original owner of a 1999 LandCruiser. The truck has only 90,000 miles but for many rears the Frame has gotten pre mature rust and I did nit know there was a massive recall on all Toyota Frames. Toyota certainly and the dealer never informed me about this. I suppose Japanese car makers are hush hush about their mistakes till someone finds out.
    what can be done.

    I BOUGHT MANY TOTOTAS IN TEH LAST 25 YEARS But if Toyota does not own the problem of mine I am switching to Honda.

    Psl advise.

    ADMIN – Hi Bijan,

    The recall does not apply to all Toyota frames.

  144. Dale says:

    I just got my 2009 Tundra back today after 3 days at the dealership. After driving off the dealership and and getting home I discovered that my truck was covered with over spray and the black goo was being flung around the chassis making more of a mess. Toyota also do not know how lon this goo will take to cure which is unexceptable! Has anyone else had the same experience?

  145. B. Lambus says:

    Own a 2007 Tataocma . Took to Kari toyot a force a e i spectjon. Said there was some frame dust perforation and appointment scheduled. Dropped off for repairs and told it would take few days. Week conga tee dealership Toyota refused my claim because vehicle original purchase in South Carolina and is a salvage. Explained to Toyota representative I purchased it in Illinois 5 years before. I have a clear lien free title ,not salvage and the vehicle is driven and stored in northern Minnesota. Toyota still refused to cover repairs stating vehicle original solc in south Carolina. No case am I sol?.

    ADMIN – Hi B,

    We don’t have enough information to provide you proper guidance. Is the car salvaged or not?

  146. Alexis Petrarca says:

    Hi,

    I have an 03 Tacoma that has a completed rusted frame. The part of the frame that connects to the rear left shock even came completely off. How do I go about bringing it in to get inspected and find out if it is covered under the settlement?

    Thanks
    AP

    ADMIN – HI Alexis,

    2003 cars are not part of this settlement.

  147. Gregory I Hierholzer says:

    I bought a 2005 Toyota Tundra new off the lot and have had good service with it. I take it in to have emergency brakes repaired and the mechanic informs me that I need a new frame…… WHAT !!!! I exclaimed. I had been aware of some unusual rust to the cross piece under the transmission support but didn’t recieve a recall card . Now I have a truck that is useless,I can’t sell it ,I’m scared to drive it or tow my boat with it.Took it by the dealer to get it inspected and they said Yep ! need a new frame.My truck ain’t in the law suit. Solution !! I ain’t buying another Jap vehicle. There is only one problem.I have a 2003 Sequoia, a2005 Tundra and a 2007 Tacoma. I am screwed.

    ADMIN – Hi Gregory,

    I would totally speak with a local class action attorney.

  148. Mike Ploner says:

    I have a 2007 Tacoma. It was purchased in Seattle and brought to Canada. I am the second owner. Toyota City in Wetaskiwin, Alberta said that Toyota Is not authorizing frame replacement. Would my Canadian residency be the reason?

    ADMIN – Hi Mike,

    I don’t know. It would be best to contact class counsel.

  149. AJ says:

    Any and everyone that is not satified please call 1800 331 4331 option 4. Report it. I too have an 06 tundra with perforation. I live in Florida never been on beach or drove truck in water. Center cross brace rotted out. Since its an 06 Toyota wont do anything for me.

  150. Don Panko says:

    I have the same issue as Mike with a 2007 USA purchased truck that was moved to Canada in 2010 and I am the new (surprised) owner. Toyota Canada wants approval to do frame coating given 2019 validity of the US claim.

    Who can I call?

    ADMIN – Hi Don,

    I believe there is a case specific to Canada. I posted the link on our FB page.

  151. Peter Featherstone says:

    I purchased a certified preowned 2006 Tundra double cab with 24k miles in late 2009. Truck is only driven on weekends basically (I am fortunate to have a sales job that supplies a car). I love love love my truck, and baby it. Goes to the dealer for all service outside of normal oil/filter change. Currently at 102k mileage, and in 10/10 overall condition. Cherry. Lives in a garage in Maine.

    Brought it in for a new inspection sticker on Tuesday 7/3. Shop called and said sorry to tell you this but it won’t pass inspection due to a cracked and rusted frame. Advised that I call the dealership where it has been taken since my purchase.

    Called Lee Toyota, spoke w Misti, the service manager who knows me from previous interactions. Relayed what the inspection facility had said. She looked up my records and said that because I had responded to their (repeated) letters in winter 2016 to come in for a complimentary frame inspection/rust inhibitor treatment, my frame warranty was voided and I was on the hook for $14k frame replacement. I was shocked. I had no idea that by having this ‘complimentary” rust proofing done that I was forgoing the warranty on the frame of my truck. At the time I thought gee, what a great company.

    At the time of the service I was unaware of frame issues with Toyotas. As mentioned, I love my truck, baby it, and have hoped that because I purchased a quality vehicle and do everything possible to take care of it, it would take care of me and last. Anyone who will listen has heard how great these trucks are from me. I figured my frame was fine and they were super nice to apply the goopy rust inhibitor treatment.

    I calmly asked the service manager what my options were and was told that I could contact Toyota USA customer service. That, or approximately $14k to replace the frame.

    Called Toyota USA and after 7 tries and 45 minutes got a very pleasant, helpful woman on the phone named Samantha. She listened to my tale of woe, empathized with my situation, and basically said what Misti had said – that because I had taken up Lee Toyota on their offer of “free” rustproofing, my frame warranty was no longer. Offered to provide my with a case referral # and asked if I had 2-3 minutes to respond to a quick survey. I declined.

    So I am doing my best to not explode with rage. Currently educating myself on what seem to be serious frame integrity issued with Toyota trucks and ran across this website. Having difficulty accepting a recall on 2006 Sequioas but not Tundras. Would appreciate any thoughts or advice you may be able to provide.

    Peter

    ADMIN – Hi Peter,

    If you believe this is a common issue with your make and model you may want to contact a class action attorney.

  152. PJ says:

    Hi, Just heard from the dealer on my frame replacement. Even thought the settlement actually mentions that cables, harnesses, pipes, clamps, tubes, hoses, bolts, brackets and wires are included in the replacement, why is my dealer charging ME for these? They are telling me that the bill will be in the thousands. They say Toyota only pays for the frame. Where do I go to get clarification of this, and is this just a case of a dealer being less than honest?

    ADMIN – Hi PJ,

    The main customer service # for Toyota is 1 (800) 331-4331

    • PJ says:

      Thanks, but for some strange reason I doubt Toyota is going to be any help. The dealer says Toyota wont pay for anything except whats on the parts list for frame replacement. But yet I have read in the settlement that items such as pipes, harnesses, etc are included if they needed to be replaced. They gave me a first round estimate of repairs which totaled $4000.00.

      ADMIN – Hi PJ,

      You could always call class counsel and have them call the dealership and submit the terms and conditions of the settlement

  153. Arran BIggart says:

    I have a 2002 Toyota sequoia with a bad frame. I purchased the vehicle used in January of 2014. I called Toyota headquarters of America in December of 2013 to have them check the vin to see if the frame was ok and they said it was fine and undercoated in January of 2013. Roughly 3 years later I was jacking it up to check a power steering leak and the frame crushed in. I called Toyota and they have refused to do anything for me because the recall ended July of 2014. I personally have owned 10 or more Toyota vehicles not to mention all the friends and family I talked into buying them because they are so reliable as I am a mechanic and know this. Why are there Fords, Chevy’s, Dodges and all other kinds of vehicles on the road with rotted fenders and such but frames that’ll last another 20 years? My vehicle is in great condition aside from the frame. If there is a class action law suit please count me in.

    Arran Biggart

    ADMIN – Hi Arran,

    Keep checking often. We always post the most relevant class actions.

  154. Rich Krebs says:

    I am the original owner of a 2002 Toyota Sequoia that currently has 172,000 miles and still runs and drives fine. I brought the car to the dealer when it was recalled in 2014 and the frame was “treated” as part of the settlement.

    My frame has now completely rusted through and will not pass inspection… do I have any recourse? Please advise me of any steps I should take

    Thanks

    RK

    ADMIN – Hi Rich,

    If your car meets the eligibility set forth in the settlement it would still qualify for frame replacement if it shows damage even after being treated.

  155. John Belter says:

    Good evening- I have a 2006 Toyota Tundra limited I have yet to take it to a local dealership, however I noticed the rust and immediately took it too a body shop, whom said that it was to far gone for them to weather proof the vehicle! I was wondering if this class action lawsuit is still something that I can use to my advantage in potentially replacing the frame. The truck only has 66,400 miles. PLEASE HELP. Should I take to a dealer? Please advise.

    Many Thanks.
    JOhn Belter

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    The deadline to file a claim has passed.

  156. howard richardson says:

    I have a 2003 Tacoma that has the rust problem. I had the paint applied by Toyota dealership. It did not work and it is chipping of and I even have rust stains on my driveway now because of it. I told Toyota it was not working and could they pay for another application of the paint They said they could not do that under the policy they have developed for the in the field solution. They said they would only do it if there was a hole in the frame. My truck also has the spare tire effected by the same rusting. They sent me letter to tell me I could have paint applied to that area now. I asked them at that time if they would paint the frame again because there solution was not working. They said they did not have the paint in there parts list now and could not order. I said is it the same as the paint being applied to the spare tire rack, they said yes, I said then order 2 of those for the frame and 1 for the spare tire and the dealer can do it at the same time. They said no about spraying the frame again I said but it is not working. They said they cant pay for that . They have already done what they are legally bound t do. I told them they sold me a lemon and I should get a refund. They actually said there is always risk in buying a car and that is risk you take. I said if you had advertised truck may rust if you purchase and you drive it in cold weather climate. I would not of purchased. Now I said I will never be able to sell the truck. because no one will buy it because of the rust. We all got screwed by Toyota, They should replace all of the vehicles that this happened too. If the made them Liable they sure a shell would not of cut corners when building then with faulty parts. I see that there is lawsuit but 2005 is the earliest years they are allowing. Make no since since I got treatments to fix solution in the field. That makes them liable. Help me Rich!!

    ADMIN – Hi Rich,

    We are sorry about your situation. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to help you. Our site is purely informational in nature.

  157. Derrick Van Dyken says:

    Currently have an 04 Tacoma, hoping to get the frame replaced in St Catharines. Talking to a master Toyota tech from Toronto, he told me being persistent and somewhat of an ***hole will get results.

    ADMIN – Hi Derrick,

    I believe there is a settlement that is specific to Canada. look it up.

  158. Kurt Schwartz says:

    I have a 2006 Tundra that has holes in the frame. What can I do about it now? I called Toyota last year and they said I missed the boat on getting it fixed. So today I thought I would search the web.

    ADMIN – Hi Kurt,

    The deadline for this settlement was 2017

  159. Savio D'Souza says:

    I am in Canada, Ontario. I have a 1999 4Runner with rusty frame fixed by my bodyshop guy how can I become involved & claim for the fix I did?

    ADMIN – Hi Savio,

    There is a settlement that is specific to Canada.

  160. Ed Rickard says:

    I have a 2006 Toyota Thundra and thus should have been included in this class action suit. How do we start a something to get this started. I even paid for the environmental package at time of purchase that include a rust preventive coating. This was done in 2008. My frame is rusted beyond repair. Toyota shouldn’t be able to get away with this. Truck is only 12 years old.

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    Did you file your claim before deadline?

  161. dave says:

    I have a 2003 Tacoma I know that it is old but has been very well maintained so the truck would be worth 5000 $ if not for the frame being rusted to the point of unsafe to drive or sell except to a scrap yard I keep reading in the reply section that these vehicles are older than most trucks on the rd time for a knew one that is just an easy way for Toyota to sweep it away the fact remains that Toyota is or was using inferior steel at least back to 2000 so the age of the vehicle has nothing to do with it except maybe to prorate worth and its the frame that makes it undrivable and worthless but its not the only problem with rust the gas tank shield the spare tire hanging plate all have the same bad steel I know my truck isn’t part of recall but it should have been shame on you Toyota thanks for letting me vent dave

    ADMIN – Hi Dave,

    It is always worth checking with a local class action attorney to see if they are willing to take your case and initiate another lawsuit.

  162. REGINA Adams says:

    I’ve had Toyota cars for the last 20yrs plus

  163. Annie says:

    I have a 2001 Toyota Tundra, I received a check for the class action that I never cashed. do I qualify to have my frame replaced? When I found out about the class action the first time I was unable to get it in during the time frame. But I heard that they are reopening the class action again. Is this true?

    ADMIN – Hi Annie,

    Contact the class action administrator with your questions. Their info is posted above.

  164. Edward Kozicki says:

    we have a 2001 Toyota tundra and went to get it inspected in Aug. 2018 and I wouldn’t pass due to the frame being severely rusted. So we just found out about the recall and our Toyota dealer wont do anything about it even though the lawsuit is in appeals and our truck can still be fix.. so we now had to purchase another vehicle and want to file a claim for the amount it would have cost them to fix it. Where can I find the claim for to fill out?

    ADMIN – Hi Edward,

    Your truck is not part of the settlement
    The class includes Toyota Tacomas from 2005 to 2010, Toyota Tundras 2007 to 2008 and Toyota Sequoia 2005 to 2008.

  165. ANTHONY STEPHENS says:

    I have a 2006 Toyota Tundra Crew Cab (4door) and the shop doing my service 9 / 7 / 2018 noticed severe rust on two spots of my frame about 18″ in front of the rear tires on both sides. Is this vehicle included in the rust recalls? I was never notified of any recalls.

    ADMIN – Hi Anthony,

    It looks like the 2006 Tundras are included. I just don’t know if you are still on time to file.

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