The Detroit Free Press has reported that Toyota will recall more than 100,000 of its popular pickup trucks amid corrosion concerns on the trucks’ frame.
Toyota Motor Sales USA is recalling 110,000 of its 2000 through 2003 Tundra pickup trucks to treat underbody rust that may loosen spare tires mounted beneath the trucks and threaten rear brake performance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners to remove spare tires before they take the trucks to dealerships.
Toyota dealers will inspect the trucks and, depending on the degree of rust, offer one of two remedies free of charge.
If rust is not significant, dealers will apply a corrosion-resistant compound to the rear cross-member.
Where rust is so advanced that the cross-member can’t support the spare tire, dealers will replace the cross-member.
Toyota’s pickup truck recall comes on the heels of its decision to finally recall 3.8 million Toyota vehicles in an attempt to fix the sudden acceleration problem that has been plaguing the company for more than five years.
Toyota’s recall for its acceleration problem may only be a first step. Toyota needs to do more. Many of the vehicles recalled will not be adequately repaired because only certain vehicles will be getting the failsafe "smart brake" system that will slow and stop the vehicle in the event of an electronic throttle control malfunction.
More than 5 years ago, the Center for Auto Safety identified the electronic throttle control as the most likely source of the sudden acceleration defect. However, Toyota continues to public deny the possibility.
Too many people have been injured or killed while Toyota continues its hand-wringing.
You can learn more about the Toyota sudden acceleration defect by reading these previous reports of Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem:
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Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.