According to Toyota, it will expand a recall announced last year to fix Tundra pickup trucks with frames that could rust and lead to spare tires falling from the vehicle. The recall will cover Tundra pickups from the 2000-2003 model years in all 50 states. It would broaden a recall announced in November that covered 110,000 trucks in 20 “cold weather” states and the District of Columbia. Dealers have been notified of the expanded recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into excessive rust on Tundra frames in October after receiving 20 complaints of “severe frame corrosion.” NHTSA said then it had received 15 reports alleging the spare tire, stowed under the truck bed, separated from the frame. Five other reports alleged broken brake lines because of the rust. Owners were urged to remove the spare tire from the frame, concerned it could fall onto the road and create a road hazard.
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