Consumers allege that the frames of the 2005-2011 Toyota 4-Runner are prone to excessive and premature rust because the frames were not properly prepared and treated against rust corrosion when they were manufactured. Excessively corroded frames pose a serious safety hazard to the vehicle’s occupants because of the frame’s importance to the vehicle’s crashworthiness, including its ability to withstand or minimize damage to the occupant compartment in the event of an accident. A vehicle with a severely corroded frame can be unfit to drive, unless the corroded frame is replaced.
Toyota allegedly knew about the defect but refrained from issuing a recall or providing reimbursement, but instead initiated a non-publicized Limited Service Campaign which provided inadequate relief for only some of the affected models in limited geographic areas. Because the campaign covered only some of the vehicles, it allegedly misled consumers, falsely causing them to believe their vehicles were not at risk for excessive rust corrosion.
If you or anyone you know purchased or leased a 2005-2011 Toyota 4-Runner vehicle, please contact Finkelstein Thompson LLP. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at 1-844-280-5009.