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Published: Thursday, 10/8/2009

Dana is maker of part in Toyota vehicle probe

Toyota Motor Corp.'s Tundra pickup truck is being investigated by U.S. regulators for “severe” frame corrosion that may cause brake failure, a week after the company said a floor-mat flaw would spur its biggest U.S. recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week it is looking into 20 complaints on model-year 2000 and 2001 Tundra pickups alleging broken brake lines and spare tires that came loose “as a result of severe frame corrosion.” The inquiry covers about 218,000 vehicles, the agency said. No recall has been implemented.

The Tundra frames under investigation were manufactured by Maumee-based Dana Holding Corp. Dana spokesman Chuck Hartlage referred any questions about the NHTSA investigation to Toyota.

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