Either the U.S. government is waging a personal war against Toyota or years of cutting corners have finally caught up to them.
A few hours ago the NHTSA announced the launch of an official investigation into complaints received regarding the rapid frame corrosion of relatively late model Toyota Tundra pickup trucks. According to reports, 20 complaints have been lodged so far detailing excessive rust damage and the NHTSA is concerned by the evidence that the rapid deterioration has resulted in fairly serious issues like spare tire separation and brake system defects.
As of right now, the NHTSA’s inspection only pertains 2000-2001 model year Tundras and an official recall has yet to be issued. Toyota has not issued an official statement on the matter but they are expected to comment later this week after all the relevant documents have been shredded.