Toyota 4Runners can cause horrific accidents due to frame rust corrosion

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on August 10th, 2021

By now, it is a known fact that Toyota Motor Corporation has been manufacturing 4Runners that are prone to excessive rusting of the frame. However, if you own a 4Runner with this issue, you may wonder how safe driving a vehicle with significant rust corrosion is and whether you can experience a car accident as a result.

Since the frame of a vehicle is the primary structure that supports it, if it has excessive rust corrosion, the components that are attached to it can fail and subsequently lead to a serious car accident. A car accident in which the front steering control arm of a 4Runner broke off as a consequence of rust corrosion is actually what prompted Gary Weinreich to file the ongoing lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation. Nevertheless, there are numerous other types of accidents the excessive rust corrosion of the undercarriage of a 4Runner can cause, which may greatly endanger the lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

If you suffered a car accident due to the frame of your Toyota 4Runner having prematurely rusted, it is important to know that you are entitled to financial compensation for your suffering. Our lawyers, who specialize in product liability, will provide you with the assistance you need to file a claim with the company, which will eventually result in the largest sum of money you deserve. The compensation will cover your past and future medical expenses, as well as lost wages if your injuries rendered you unable to work.

How much rust is dangerous on the frame of a Toyota 4Runner?

As a form of corrosion, rusting occurs when the metal comes in contact with air or water. Inevitably, the frame of your car will gradually rust over the years, as it will be exposed to these elements. However, if the frame of your vehicle has not been adequately treated against rust corrosion, which is the case of Toyota 4Runners manufactured between 2003 and 2009, you will notice severe damage within several years. The only person who has the expertise to tell you if your automobile has excessive rust on the frame is a mechanic. They will carefully inspect your car and subsequently tell you how severe the rust corrosion on the undercarriage is.

It is recommended to take your car to your local auto mechanic periodically for inspections, as this is the only way you can timely find out about the rust corrosion issue of the frame. Nonetheless, if you have a defective 4Runner from the 4th generation, you should not pay for the replacement of the frame of your car yourself, as Toyota Motor Corporation is directly responsible for the premature rusting issue and will thereby replace your frame free of charge if you file a claim. We will help you with the process of filing a claim so that you will not have to pay $15,000 for the replacement of your car frame.

As for the rust, it is worthy of note that there are multiple types of rust that can affect the frame of a vehicle, and each of these can lead to different car accidents, namely:

  • surface rust: this type of rust is easy to identify, as well as affordable to fix, and it will not cause major damage to your car
  • scale rust: this type of rust is slightly more difficult to fix, and it exposes the bare metal underneath the paint of your frame
  • penetrating rust: this type of rust is very challenging to fix, as it turns the steel the frame is made of into iron oxide, which makes the undercarriage brittle and leads to the formation of holes in it

Regardless of what type of rust your auto mechanic tells you your 4Runner frame has, we cannot stress enough that you should not pay for the repair yourself, as you can get a free undercarriage replacement from Toyota itself if you file a claim with our assistance. Last but not least, driving with a car frame that has excessive rust corrosion is extremely unsafe, so if you are aware that your 4Runner has this issue, it is better to find another means of transportation until the company will fix it for you. The main reason why it is not safe to drive with a rusted frame is that holes will form in it, and essential parts of your car will start to fall off as a consequence of the damage.

What car accidents can driving a Toyota 4Runner with rust corrosion cause?

Because severe rust corrosion on the frame of your Toyota 4Runner may cause pieces to fall off, driving one of these defective vehicles without being aware of the issue can easily lead to serious, devastating car accidents. It is noteworthy that loss of control is what generally causes traffic crashes. The following are the most common types of car accidents you can suffer as a result of driving a Toyota 4Runner with frame rusting issues:

  • Head-on collisions: This is always going to be a sudden, inevitable, and extremely scary experience. Even if you see it coming, there is usually no time to react or to avoid it. This accident happens when the front ends of 2 vehicles hit each other when traveling in opposite directions.
  • Side collisions: These accidents typically occur at intersections, in parking lots, as well as when 2 cars pass on a multi-lane road. The gravity of the injuries they can cause depends on where the vehicle was hit. A side collision involves the side of one or more cars being impacted. While you may think that when another car is driving beside you in the next lane is safe, the truth is that this places you in a very vulnerable position, especially if high speed is involved.
  • Read-end collisions: A read-end collision occurs when a car crashes into the one in front of it. This type of accident accounts for 6% of fatal automobile crashes, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. It is one of the most usual car accidents as well, accounting for 28% of all automobile accidents. The most common injury people in the car can experience is whiplash.
  • Highway construction accidents: While construction companies are responsible for minimizing the risk of car accidents, drivers must be careful as well near construction sites. These accidents may kill both the driver and the passengers, and the construction workers. Every year, approximately 38,000 car accidents are reported near road construction work areas throughout the country.
  • T-bone car accidents: As one of the most dangerous types of car accidents, these occur when one automobile crashes head-on into the side of another. People may experience numerous injuries as a consequence of being involved in a T-bone car accident, such as brain concussions, fractures, and even death. However, if you wear your seatbelt, the injuries you may suffer following this type of accident will be significantly less severe.
  • Intersection accidents: When 2 or more vehicles come together at an intersection, the risk of a serious car accident is high if the car of a driver fails to work properly. Up to 40% of car accidents that occur every year happen at an intersection, according to the National Highway Safety Institute. Although 96% of intersection car accidents are the consequence of a driver's error, they can also occur if their vehicle suddenly ceases to work and the driver loses control.
  • Vehicle rollovers: These accidents usually involve a truck, an SUV, or a van and entail the vehicle flipping onto its side or tumbling multiple times, which may result in the occupants being ejected. The risk of fatality of vehicle rollovers is very high, but if everyone had fastened their seatbelts before the accident, they might survive with various injuries. Annually, over 10,000 people lose their lives in vehicle rollover accidents.
  • Single car accidents: As the name suggests, these accidents involve only one vehicle. They may occur due to a car part failing, which may subsequently lead to the automobile colliding with a tree, guardrail, or electrical pole. These accidents usually result in the driver running off the road and losing control.

When the rust on the frame of your car seeps further into your vehicle, it will eventually cause damage to components such as the brakes, the suspension, and the fuel lines. Additionally, having a weak frame implies considerably less protection if you experience a car accident, as the frame holds the entire vehicle together. In the unfortunate event that you went through a car accident as a result of extreme rust corrosion on the frame of your Toyota 4Runner, we encourage you to contact our lawyers, whose area of practice is product liability. They will help you recover the money you are entitled to from Toyota Motor Corporation.

Quality legal assistance for owners of Toyota 4Runners with excessive frame rust corrosion

Since 1990, we have been offering quality legal assistance to consumers or owners of defective products, and our team is bound to help you obtain financial compensation if you experienced a car accident while driving a faulty Toyota 4Runner. All we will need from you are several photos of the damaged frame of your car, evidence that you own a Toyota 4Runner manufactured between 2003 and 2009, and your medical records that mention your injuries.

We will carefully evaluate your situation and decide on the best course of action so that you can receive the largest sum of money you are entitled to from Toyota Motor Corporation. Our resourceful attorneys will file a claim with the company, which will eventually result in the maximum compensation you are eligible for. Nevertheless, if you have a 4Runner with premature rust corrosion and have not experienced a car accident, it is essential to know that you can still file a claim so that the company will replace your car frame for free.