Toyota Motor Corporation named in class action lawsuit for vehicle frames that prematurely rust and corrode


According to the class action complaint, the frames for certain model year Toyota vehicles are prone to excessive, premature rust corrosion because the frames were not properly prepared and treated against rust corrosion when they were manufactured. The model years at issue in this Class Action complaint are the 2005 to 2011 Toyota 4- Runners.

Excessively corroded frames pose a serious safety hazard to a vehicle’s occupants because a vehicle’s frame forms the basis of a vehicle’s crash-worthiness, including its ability to withstand or minimize damage to the occupant compartment in the event of an accident.

Toyota has represented that its vehicles are crash-worthy and sturdy throughout the expected life of the vehicles and its customers expect vehicles to remain crash-worthy and sturdy throughout the vehicle’s life. Contrary to this promise and expectation, the frames of the Toyota 4-Runner and the other Toyota Vehicles were designed, manufactured, and sold with inadequate rust corrosion protection. As a result, the frames on the Toyota 4-Runner and the other Toyota Vehicles are prone to excessive rust corrosion, which render the vehicles unstable and unsafe.

According to the complaint, the Defendants have long known the frames on the Toyota 4-Runner and the other Toyota Vehicles are defective because they lack adequate rust corrosion protection. Despite this knowledge, the Defendants failed to disclose the existence of the Toyota 4-Runner defect to the Plaintiff, other Class members, and the public. Nor has it issued a recall to inspect and repair the Toyota 4-Runner, or offered to reimburse owners of the Toyota 4-Runner for costs incurred to identify and repair this defect.