Toyota has launched a limited service campaign for some 2005-2008 Toyota Tacomas currently registered in salt-belt-states due to rusting frames. Toyota has received multiple reports of Tacoma frames exhibiting "more-than-normal" corrosion.
On affected vehicles, should the frame rust through to a hole, vehicle safety could be compromised, given that critical suspension components, engine and transmission mounts, and body mountings all anchor to the vehicle's frame. In addition, the vehicle's crash-worthiness and structural integrity could be compromised.
On affected vehicles, Toyota dealers will remove the surface rust and inspect the frame for rust perforation. Should the frame be found not perforated, dealers will apply corrosion-resistant compounds to the frame at no charge to owners. Should the frame be perforated by rust, dealers will replace the frame at no charge to owners on all affected vehicles. Owners should plan on leaving the truck for a full day for proper inspection and corrosion treatment. Should a truck need a new frame, it will take at least a week to repair, and dealers will provide a loaner car.
This action applies to 2005-2008 Tacomas built between Sept 14th, 2004, through May 27th, 2008, and operated in cold weather states, which include: CT, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, & WV. Owners are encouraged to call local dealers with their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see if their vehicle is involved in this action from Toyota. This campaign will be performed until March 31, 2016, after which it will expire.
For more info or answers to questions, call Toyota Customer Service at 888-270-9371, and reference Campaign # SC-E0D, entitled: Campaign - Vehicle Frame Corrosion.
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