Toyota 4Runner Lawsuit

Toyota is an immensely popular Japanese auto manufacturer with a reputation for crafting sturdy and long-lasting car models. People often claim that Toyota vehicles last forever, given their reliability and extended lifespan. However, several complaints have arisen regarding Toyota’s 4Runner models manufactured between 2003 and 2009. The 4Runner frames are susceptible to rusting prematurely, which presents numerous dangers for drivers. Did you or a loved one suffer injuries due to a defective Toyota 4Runner? Reach out today to learn more about how a Toyota 4Runner lawsuit can help you. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals harmed by rusted Toyota 4Runners. Individuals have filed lawsuits against Toyota for distributing defective Toyota 4Runners that caused collisions and other accidents. 

What Is the Problem With Toyota 4Runners?

Toyota markets the 4Runner as a sturdy vehicle with the power to withstand off-roading and normal day-to-day driving. Yet, 4Runners manufactured between 2003 and 2009 possess a serious weak spot. The frame of a vehicle is the primary supporting structure to which all other components are attached. Think of the frame as the skeleton in the human body since it is the main support system. It is critical not only for the operation of the vehicle but also for the safety of drivers and passengers. 

Lawsuits argue that certain 4Runner models experience premature rusting of the frame. The undercarriages suffer extensive and severe rusting that compromises other aspects of the vehicle. Drivers have noted that their 4Runners had excessive rust on the undercarriage within just a few years. 

Dangers of a Rusty Frame 

Rust can result in considerable damage to the frame and even spread to other parts of the vehicle. Given the importance of the frame, it is extremely unsafe to drive a car with a jeopardized frame. Rust corrosion to the undercarriage obstructs the stability and security of a vehicle because multiple essential components rely on the frame. A defective Toyota 4Runner can lead to: 

  • Failing shocks 
  • Uneven tire wear 
  • Vibrations in steering and pedals
  • Suspension wear 

Any of these or a combination can increase the likelihood of an accident or collision. While driving a rust-infested Toyota 4Runner, the tires can blow out, the steering wheel can stop functioning, the breaks may be less effective, and the car can swerve. If a driver crashes into another vehicle or veers off the road, they can suffer various injuries, including fractures, paralysis, burns, traumatic brain injuries, death, and more. 

What Do We Know About Toyota 4Runner Lawsuits?

Lawsuits accuse Toyota of knowing about the premature rusting issue in its 4Runner models manufactured between 2003 and 2009. Plaintiffs claim that Toyota understood the hazards of the rusting defect in its 4Runners but neglected to pull the vehicles from the market or address the problems. 

In 2018, Gary Weinreich filed a class-action lawsuit against Toyota after the steering control arm of his 2005 4Runner broke off. On two separate occasions, mechanics informed Weinreich that his Toyota 4Runner had excessive frame corrosion. Weinreich reportedly contacted Toyota about the rusted undercarriage and components, but the company did not reply. Toyota has offered no settlement at this time and requested a dismissal of Weinreich’s claim for “lack of any legitimate claims against the automaker.” 

However, this is not the first lawsuit filed against Toyota for defective vehicles. In 2016, the company faced a lawsuit regarding premature rusting in its Tacomas, Sequoias, and Tundras. Toyota agreed to a $3.4 billion settlement to cover roughly 1.5 million vehicles with rusted frames. Despite this sizable settlement, Toyota continued to deny liability for the hazardous, rusted vehicles. 

Can I Recover Compensation in a Toyota 4Runner Lawsuit?

If a defective Toyota 4Runner injured you or a loved one, you may qualify for compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

Replacing a rusted frame is a costly endeavor that requires around $15,000 to remedy the damage. For many people, this is a hefty price to sink into a car for rust issues that Toyota allegedly was aware of. Additionally, these problems extend far beyond the cost of repairs. Lawsuits argue that Toyota willfully neglected the well-being of drivers by refusing to inform the public of the premature rusting in its 4Runner models. Rusted frames can ruin a vehicle’s structural integrity, causing people to crash or lose control of the car. Our attorneys are on standby to discuss your potential Toyota 4Runner lawsuit with you today. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.