A class action lawsuit against Toyota has been filed over allegations of frame rust and corrosion in 2007-2014 FJ Cruiser vehicles. The plaintiffs are seeking damages for the alleged defect, which they say causes the frame to rust and fail leading to serious safety concerns. Read on for more information about the Toyota FJ Cruiser frame rust lawsuit, and what it could mean for affected owners.
FJ Cruiser Frame Rust Problems
Plaintiffs allege that a manufacturing defect causes excessive rust and corrosion to the frames of 2007-2014 FJ Cruiser vehicles. The suit claims the defect weakens the structure of the vehicle, therefore posing a serious safety threat to vehicle occupants. In some cases, vehicles failed to pass safety inspection and are no longer safe to drive. As a result, owners find themselves stuck with a vehicle that is no longer legally allowed on the roads with a greatly diminished resale value.
Toyota Activity Marketed the FJ Cruiser with Special “Electrocoat Deposition” Rust Protection Coating
Despite Toyota’s marketing highlighting the “Electrocoat Deposition” protective coating, plaintiff’s claim FJ Cruiser frames prematurely rust and corrode at an accelerated rate. The suit states Toyota had been aware of the frame defect, but failed to disclose the defect to owners.
Testing and Analysis
Expert analysis has revealed that the FJ Cruiser frames were corroding under the epoxy. In fact, the analysis indicates the corrosion was a result of the zinc phosphate coating Toyota used being inadequate to protect against corrosion and rust. Analysis also documented the discontinuous nature of the zinc phosphorus layer (pretreatment) in all of the frames analyzed. As a result, the discontinuous coating allows sections of the frame to be unprotected and more likely to suffer rust damage.
In fact, plaintiffs’ extensive expert analysis confirmed that Toyota was aware of the frame defect. However, Toyota continued to market and sell the vehicles without resolving the corrosion defect.
- 2007-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Is It Safe To Drive a Car With a Rusted Frame?
It is not safe to drive a car with a rusted frame as rust is a form of corrosion that slowly eats the car frame. This corrosion turns the strong metal into flaky powder, eventually damaging it to a level where it’s structural integrity is compromised.
What is Electrocoat Deposition?
Electrocoat, also known as electrodeposition coating, is a method of painting that uses electrical current to deposit paint on a surface. This process involves the vehicle body to be immersed in a large E-coat bath. The coating is engineered to prevent rust from forming to both the outer surface and internal structures.
Status of the Toyota FJ Cruiser Frame Rust Class Action Lawsuit
This is an active class action lawsuit. This suit has been brought on behalf of the Plaintiffs and a class of current and former 2007-2014 FJ Cruiser vehicle owners.
Nazos et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al. Case No. 2:22-cv-02214, was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
FJ Cruiser Owners’ Voices
“The chassis is so corroded and full of rust it has got to a point of loosing the strength and integrity of the whole body. This is very worrisome specially if the car is involved in an accident where the front part chassis cannot resist the impact.”2007 FJ Cruiser Owner Complaint
“At 55,000 miles (6 years old) my front gravel shield had completely rusted off and was found in my driveway…I am terrified at the thought that I could’ve been driving and my control arms could’ve rusted off like my gravel shield did.”2011 FJ Cruiser Owner Complaint
“Frame is rusting to the point it is about to break.”2007 FJ Cruiser Owner Complaint
“I took my car in for an inspection at my Toyota dealership today. I was told if I’m going to sell it or trade it in that now would be the time to do it…The tech said there are some very weak areas on the frame and that it could fracture with impact or maybe will eventually by hitting a bad pothole…It seemed frightening to me that they suggested I sell it to someone else and not disclose this potentially life threatening issue.”2008 FJ Cruiser Owner Complaint
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