Easily Claim the Toyota Frame Recall

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Easily Claim the Toyota Frame Recall With DoNotPay

Back in 2016, a was issued for two of its most popular trucks and one SUV. However, many drivers weren't informed about the problem, meaning they've been driving in potentially unsafe vehicles for years!

Heavy pieces of machinery like cars, medical devices, and exercise equipment can be extremely hazardous when they aren't working correctly. Just last year, more than 31 million vehicles were covered under various recalls. With DoNotPay, you never have to worry about missing a recall.

How Do You Make Claims for the Toyota Frame Recall On Your Own?

If you think your car may be included in a recall, here's how you can make a claim:

Gather InformationFind your car's VIN. You can find it on the windshield and inside the door jamb and on your insurance card or the vehicle's registration card.
Search OnlineHead over to the NHTSA website and search for your vehicle.
Schedule and AppointmentIf your car is under an active recall, you can schedule a free repair at a local dealership.

However, this isn't always a straightforward process. For starters, not every vehicle recall is officially ordered by the NHTSA. It won't show up on the recall website if it's just an in-house recall or doesn't concern a safety issue.

Your vehicle won't show up if it was purchased internationally or was made by a smaller automaker. A recall also won't appear on the site 15 years after it's been issued.

Additionally, just because a car is included in a recall doesn't mean it needs to be fixed. For example, many recalls are related to rust and corrosion. Cars are particularly prone to rust during snowy weather, so drivers in California might think they have nothing to worry about.

Many drivers also don't know where to get their cars fixed. Free recalls are usually only offered by dealerships that correspond to your car's model. If someone bought their car out of state, they probably don't know where to locate their local dealership.

With so many extra steps in the process, many drivers understandably can't fit it into their schedule on short notice. Nonetheless, time is of the essence when it comes to recalls, especially if they can expire!

What's the Story Behind the Toyota Frame Recall?

This latest recall is just one of several in Toyota's history of rusted truck frames. There were so many complaints that Toyota eventually had to settle a class-action lawsuit by offering a limited repair window.

In the case of this specific Toyota frame recall, it's especially difficult to get your vehicle repaired for free. NHTSA recalls don't have expiration dates, but Toyota's recall only offered an extended frame warranty to its customers. The majority of drivers affected by the recall don't even know about it!

When any part of a vehicle becomes rusted, it often spreads to other parts of the vehicle. If the frame remains unfixed, your car is prone to many severe safety issues, including:

  • Vibrations while driving
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Wheel and tire alignment problems
  • Compromised body structure
  • Undercarriage damage
  • Detached exhaust
  • Detached truck bed
  • Brittle shocks

Which Cars Were Affected by the Toyota Frame Recall?

The latest recall included the Toyota 4Runner, the Toyota Tacoma, and the Toyota Sequoia SUV. These cars would have been produced between 2004-2010.

When Was the Extended Warranty Supposed to Expire?

Toyota's extended frame warranty is only valid 15 years after the car's manufacture date. Once that date has passed, you will be responsible for fixing the vehicle at your own expense. Depending on how severe the damage is, you might spend upwards of $10,000 on repairs.

Get Your Free Toyota Frame Repair with DoNotPay

A rusted-out car frame isn't just expensive to fix: it can potentially make your car completely unsafe to drive. Many people are still forced to put off important repairs due to a needlessly complicated recall claim process.

If your vehicle has been recalled, you're entitled to a free repair! You can easily use the DoNotPay Car Recall Repair product to schedule an appointment at your local car dealership and get your vehicle repaired.

Even if you don't know where to start, DoNotPay quickly resolves the issue in five steps:

1. Enter your vehicle information, including the make, model, and year.

2. Tell us about the recall and which part of the vehicle is impacted.

3. Enter the car dealership you want to visit or let us contact the closest one near you.

4. Enter the ideal date(s) and time(s) for which you want to schedule your appointment.

5. Enter your Vehicle Identification Number.

And that's it! DoNotPay will contact your local dealership to request an appointment and ask for your vehicle to be repaired for free.

The DoNotPay Car Recall product will always:

  • Be quick to process your information and get you an immediate service appointment.
  • Never make you do extra work to get your claims answered
  • Reach the right dealers with the most knowledge to fix your car

DoNotPay Keeps You Informed About Every Recall

Recalls aren't just for cars! We can guide you through the claim process of several other products, such as:

How to Claim refunds, Repairs, or Replacements for Recalled Products Using DoNotPay

Through our Product Recalls product, all you have to do is tell us about the product you purchased and provide receipts/other evidence, and we'll contact the company on your behalf. Whether you're looking for a refund, repair, or replacement for your product, DoNotPay can make sure that your request gets delivered to the right people.

How the Product Recall Claims product works:

  1. Tell us about your purchase, including the product name, brand, store you purchased the item from, price, and date of purchase. If you purchased the item online, enter your transaction details and payment method as well.
  2. Tell us how you found out about the recall.
  3. Choose whether you want a refund, repair, or replacement.
  4. Upload photographic evidence of your purchase and the product if you still have it.
  5. Choose whether you have the capacity to return the item or not.

And that's it! DoNotPay will send your recall request to the manufacturing company on your behalf, asking for a refund, repair, or replacement. You should hear back from the company directly with confirmation and how the refund/replacement will be issued or the next steps in getting the item repaired.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

DoNotPay also offers even more automotive solutions, including help with parking tickets and disputing seatbelt tickets. No matter what product you need, DoNotPay simplifies even the most complicated problems! Contact us today to see how we can help.

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