As many as 225,000 steel frames under Toyota Tacoma and Tundra pickups and Sequoia SUVs may need to be replaced, says a lawyer who helped settle a class-action lawsuit against Toyota over the frames' potential for rusting.
The repair is an expensive, labor-intensive process that requires nearly the complete disassembly of the vehicle.
The proposed legal settlement could cost Toyota as much as $3.4 billion for the repairs, according to court documents.
Several time-lapse videos on youtube.com show the job requiring as many as four technicians and two service bays. The repair can take from almost two days to a week, depending on a dealer's ability to put more than one technician on the job.
About 1.5 million vehicles are covered under terms of the proposed settlement, which includes 2005-10 Tacoma midsize pickups, 2007-08 Tundra full-size pickups and 2005-08 Sequoia large SUVs. Vehicles are covered up to 12 years from the day of sale.