Just saw a snippit on a news channel that Toyota is about to rollout a sizeable recall for Tudra's due to frame rust. Spare tires are literally falling off the cross members from frame rust....
All I could find is this article earlier this month...eveidently it is gaining some steam. Not a good couple months for toyota, floor mats now this.
Safety Agency Is Looking Into Rust Issue on Toyota Tundra
By Christopher JensenThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into whether there is a dangerous rust problem with the frames on about 218,000 Toyota Tundra pickups from the 2000-1 model years.
The agency said the investigation was prompted by five complaints from consumers who say brake lines were broken as the result of a rust problem with the frame. There were also 15 complaints that “the under body mounted spare tire separated from the rear cross member.”
Steve McNally of York, Me., said he had to sell his 2000 Tundra because the rust was so bad it couldn’t pass the state safety inspection. In a complaint filed on the Web site of the Center for Auto Safety, he said he was driving on Interstate 95 when “without warning, the back end of the truck suddenly lifted up off the pavement while traveling at 65 m.p.h. When I regained control of the vehicle, I looked into the rear-view mirror to see a tire bouncing erratically across several lanes of northbound traffic. Cars were braking and swerving to avoid a collision.”
The investigation is a preliminary evaluation. If the investigators find additional reason for concern the issue would be upgraded to an engineering analysis and could lead to a recall. If no reason for a safety concern is found, it would be ended without further action.
Meanwhile, a review of complaints at the N.H.T.S.A. Web site found no evidence of a problem with rusting frames for some Tundra competitors, the 2000-1 Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Dodge Ram 1500.
This could be Toyota’s second major problem with frames. Last year, the automaker announced it would handle a rusting frame problem on about 813,000 1995-2000 Tacomas by extending the warranty to 15 years and unlimited mileage. The automaker said it would buy back rusted-out Tacomas for 1.5 times the suggested retail price for a vehicle in excellent condition as calculated by Kelley Blue Book.