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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,035 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 312012


  • 218,572 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. While parking the vehicle, the parking brake did not engage. The contact observed that there was a fuel leak under the vehicle and the frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that the frame was severely rusted and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V444000 (structure); however, the failure recurred. Approximately two and a half years later, the contact observed that the frame fractured. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 218,572.

- South Lion, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 102009


  • 83,000 miles
Frame rust concern and rear brakes / parking brakes needing to be repaired due to rust... my concern is the ongoing investigation into severe rust problems. I bought the truck used (2 yrs. Old). The truck was not previously undercoated. The truck in service date is Oct 01. I bought it used in 02. I then had it undercoated and have done so every fall since then. My concern is what may be going on underneath the undercoating that I can't see. Also, I had to have the rear brakes tore apart and rebuilt due to rusting components.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 072009


  • 84,668 miles
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I got under my 2002 Toyota Tundra trd SR5 extra cab to assess the rust this past weekend. I was dumbfounded! control arms, front wishbone, suspension brackets, and rear differential look like a shipwreck that's been under the sea for 100 years. The rear differential housing has rusted completely through and is leaking through the side of the housing! the spare tire holder is so rusted the wheel is about to fall off. All shields and safety guards have fallen off or will soon. I bought the truck new in Nov of '01. It now has 84,000 miles. I've had all recommended services performed at the dealer.they never mentioned the rust although they do a "safety inspection" at every service. I've always washed off the salt in the winter. The body panels show no rust at all and the outside of the truck looks like new. I have taken excellent care of this vehicle. I had a Chevy truck kept under the same conditions that after 15 years and 250,000 miles looked nothing like this. I cannot drive this truck in this condition.

- Warner, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 132009


  • 73,900 miles
Front drivers side sway bar link is corroded through. No accident or injury but only because I knew what was going on after I saw the broken link and drove accordingly. After further investigation we find that the brake calipers are corroded beyond salvage and the frame has heavy rust in a number of areas. It is clear that this truck will be worthless in a few years due to the heavy corrosion and we will all be lucky if someone is not killed due to corrosion damage causing something to fall off and cause a wreck.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

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