Federal regulators have issued a auto product defect recall for 110,000 Toyota Tundras due to excessive erosion of the vehicle frame which can cause the spare tire mounted underneath the vehicle to fall out posing a roadway hazard for other motorists. According to a CNN news report, the recall was issued in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated in its safety alert that road salts can lead to the corrosion in these pickup trucks. The corrosion can also cause serious brake defects by damaging the rear brake lines and causing the brake system to fail, federal officials say.

Corrosion and Brake Problems Prompt Recall

Tundra owners are being asked to remove their spare tires immediately. This auto product recall involves Toyota Tundra trucks from model years 2000 through 2003. Consumers are asked to bring in their vehicles to dealers who will either repair the damaged portion of the vehicle’s frame or apply a rust-resistant compound to the affected area. This has been the second major vehicle safety issue Toyota has been faced with in the last two months. In October, Toyota issued a safety warning for 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota sedans for defective floor mats.

The auto maker is also fielding questions and concern about defective design of the accelerator pedal in its sedans, which federal officials say, may have caused a fatal San Diego car accident that killed California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor and three members of his family in August. Reports have also been released about several personal injuries and some fatalities that have occurred over the last decade due to sudden or inadvertent acceleration issues in Toyota sedans.

Auto Product Liability Issues

These safety recalls from the Japanese auto maker are cause for serious concern. I’m worried about whether Toyota has been issuing timely vehicle defect recalls. It is not at all uncommon for auto makers, especially those with a squeaky clean image and reputation for safety and reliability such as Toyota, to conveniently try and sweep these auto product liability issues under the rug. Unfortunately, these auto product defects have resulted in serious personal injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a Toyota vehicle defect, please consult with a reputed personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled auto product liability cases against large auto makers.