Tundra Design Flaw: NEVER Drive Your Tundra Tailgate Down!

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Glenn sent us this note, and we think every Tundra owner should know about this. Thanks Glenn for taking the time to share.

Here’s Glenn’s story:



I put my tailgate down on my 07 Tundra Crewmax, and forgot about it being down, as I was involved in something that diverted my attention away from the open tailgate. I drove away not realizing it was still down. As I went down the street and over a bump in the road, I heard some banging, so I pulled over only to find my tailgate hanging from the support strap wires, and slapping against the back of the truck! Thankfully, I found a place to pull over immediately, and that I had all the windows, including the window facing the bed down, so I could hear it. Both tail light lenses are now damaged, but luckily, the tailgate itself and the bumper do not seem to be damaged much, except for minor paint damage on the inside of the tailgate. At least not that I can tell at this point.

Page 35 of the operators manual says, “Notice: Avoid driving with the tailgate open”. That is all it says. I had never seen this Notice before, but even if I had, I would not have expected that the entire tailgate could come off the hinges and bang against the back of the truck. I would have taken that Notice to mean that a rock could chip the paint of the tailgate if it were driven in the down position, or some damage could come to the tailgate if towing and turning with the gate down.

Doesn’t this sound like a serious design flaw? Well, not according to Toyota Customer service over the phone. First, there is this “Notice” (No actual warning of possible danger or damage), which tells you to avoid the operation, but does not tell you not to do it at all, or what could happen if you do. Second, there is no safety device that keeps the gate attached to the hinge point. Even a simple twist lock, a safetying pin, or a single securing screw would be beneficial, but none exists. If the safety straps were not connected, or failed and the tailgate were to fall off, it could bounce up into a car behind you and kill someone. If left to bang long enough, it is a real possibility that a failure of the straps could occur resulting in a slab of metal as a projectile at highway speeds.


We don’t want to hear anyone saying “you shouldn’t drive with the tailgate down” either. This is something people do all the time (like when they’ve got an ATV or dirt bike in the bed) — besides, who hasn’t forgotten to close their tailgate at least once? How mad would you be if both your tail lenses were broken because you forgot to put the tailgate up?

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  1. Brian says:

    That is ironic because I have heard/read that the piston shock that allows the tailgate to go down slowly and come up easily also benefits if you are traveling with the tailgate down because it does not allow it to bounce around while traveling. Interesting.

  2. Glenn says:

    Thank you to the administrator of this site for posting my story. This happened today (9/27), and I called Toyota right away.

    I do not want to give anyone the impression that I do not love my truck (Which is almost perfect in every other department. It is so much better than the last truck I had), but this was a shocker that I felt compelled to share with all other owners, so you do not suffer the same fate as I did. Like any new design, whether it be boat, plane, or automobile, there is a learning process and a redesign phase to work out bugs. We are just within the bug phase of one of the most innovative vehicles made.

    Most of the time I am pretty diligent about keeping the gate locked, because I was worried more about theft, since it was so easily removed. Today I lost focus on locking it up. That was my mistake. One I will not soon make again.

    I was surprised that Toyota said this was the first incident they knew of, and that it was not covered in some kind of warranty against defects in workmanship or design. After talking to them on the phone, I wrote the article that was posted here and sent it to them directly again via e-mail. I have to think someone in Toyota corporate is going to look upon this as a possible huge possibility of liability. Should one tailgate come off and actually kill someone, heads are going to roll.

    To address Brian; I so wish that your assessment were the case. It seemed that a 35 degree angle was needed (According to Toyota) for the gate to come off the hinge. The fact that you can lift the gate with one hand, because of the hydraulic assist, is probably what allowed the gate to travel to that angle, and come off.

  3. Steve S. says:

    Your truck bed was empty at the time, correct? I believe this would not happen if the tailgate was carrying a load such as the ATV you mentioned. However, this is a good warning (sorry you had to live it) to not leave the tailgate down when empty or when there is only a light load on it (I suspect this could happen if you were carrying just a few 2x4s or similar)

  4. […] (probably unloaded) and it came off, only being held on by the support straps. Here is the link: tundraheadquarters.com

  5. Michael says:

    Thanks for the warning! I’m interested in Toyota’s response.
    Let me know if you find some after market tail light replacements … someone shanked one of mine …

  6. Glenn says:

    Yes it was empty, and I would bet a small load of something light would not prevent the gate from jumping up to the right angle to come off.

    A load like an ATV would put pressure on the tailgate only until it bounced. If you go over a bump, the whole truck would bounce down and the tailgate being the farthest from the pivot point, could easily act like a spring board and allow the load to jump up. Probably high enough to allow the tailgate to depart, then the load would fall out. So in fact, a load (Especially opne with suspension like an ATV) on the tailgate might make matters exponentially worse.

  7. mike says:

    I have driven with my golf cart loaded in truck bed with tail gate down. Did not have any problem with falling off.My problem is the tailgate buckled from loading.THe tailegate is not made strong enough toyota needs to redesign.

  8. Steve S. says:

    The tailgate buckled from the weight of the golf cart? How heavy is it? Since I have a crewmax and was planning on getting an ATV which would only fit with the tailgate down, I’d like to know your experience.

    If the ATV were restrained properly, I don’t think the tailgate could come up.

  9. frans scharff says:

    In the offical accessory list you will find a bed extender. Are you supposed to use it only with the tailgate closed?!

  10. mike says:

    golf cart weighs about 1000lbs I think the buckling was caused from loading with ramps the outer welds on the corners of my tailgate are not welded all the way up to corners. which caused welds to rip and buckle outer skin. Also where tires sat on tailgate it dented inner skin, when I stand on tailgate I can buckle inner skin I weigh about 180.
    Toyota says not there problem, I should have removed tailgate. Never did on any other truck I have owned. Mike

  11. mike says:

    Also in accessories they are showing loading rams and using tailgate…
    whats that all about???

  12. Glenn says:

    Steve S: The NHTSA recently reported that up to 82% of infant car seats are installed improperly, increasing the risk of severe injury or mortality if an accident occurs.

    The chances of people properly restraining their children is less than 20%…what do you think the stats are for properly restraining their ATV’s?

  13. G J Herbel says:

    I just purchased my tundra yesterday. Bed extender is to be installed next week. Should I consider cancelling the bed extender installation, since it requires the tailgate to be down to properly use it?

  14. admin says:

    We’re going to investigate this whole thing more thoroughly — maybe we can replicate it on video (hopefully without doing any damage).

  15. chris says:

    I drove my new tundra crewmax from Newport bch Ca. to Cabo San Lucas MX. (1100 miles) with the tailgate down and had a ATV and huge Sat. dish in the bed…The last stretch was down a very washboard road and I had no problems…However, there was a lot of weight on the tailgate so it could not bounce.

  16. Stanton Adams says:

    Just bought a Doublecab yesterday and was looking into getting the tailgate extender. When I get out of work the first thing I’ll do is look at the welks on the tailgate.

  17. […] Originally Posted by Toxarch I need to get a 4 wheeler for my hunting trips. I’d just strap that thing to the truck and leave the tailgate down. What implications does this have for bed extenders??? tundraheadquarters.com

  18. Corey says:

    As far as the bed extender goes, it has locking tabs that lock it down to the tailgate. Due to the design and location of the bed extender mount, it is not possible for the tailgate to come anywhere near the 35 degree mark for the tailgate to come off. Also the bed extender has to rotate 90 degrees to be removed. As far as I can tell, this is virtually a non issue with the bed extender.

  19. Justin says:

    Interesting. You’re not supposed to drive the Tundra with the tailgate open (tailgate coming off), nor are you to put a large amount of weight on the tailgate (tailgate buckles). Doing either could cause damage to the truck and/or tailgate. Doesn’t sound like a good design to me as I’ve never heard of any truck ever having either issue.

  20. Robert says:

    Bummer to hear this, plus the bed bounce issue. I was excited about the new Tundra and have been considering replacing my 99 GMC Ext Cab Sierra. Crazy thing is, I have had zero issues with my GMC, and I pull &/or use it for hauling regularly. I would NOT be happy if a brand new truck performed to a lesser standard than I’ve become accustomed with an eight-yr old model… Toyota, GMC or whomever. The build, construction and power train on my truck have been rock solid, so I’m very concerned about what this means for the rest of the Tundra. I’m not “bashing” Toyota here (I’ve owned all makes), but I’m becoming disappointed since I really hoped that the Tundra would meet my needs/wants in a truck for the next decade. If Toyota is listening, they had better act quick.

  21. Justin says:

    Robert: I’m sure by the 2nd or 3rd model year, Toyota will have all these issues corrected. Most if not all 1st year models have their bugs. So I’d say hold onto your GMC for another year or two, then look into the Tundra. I know with any vehicle I purchase, I always wait until the 3rd model year prior to purchasing, as I’m more trusting of the make/model to have the majority of issues cleaned up by then. Glad to hear your GMC is treating you well.

  22. JKD says:

    The tailgate falling off appears as of now to be a minor problem, first off, if you install a “worm drive” type on the right side hinge pivot, you block the removal slot so the gate cannot come off. The much more major problem is that with very little weight on the tailgates like just loading and unloading ATVs, the thin crimped over sheet metal is separating at the outer upper bed edges then the sheet metal is cracking and bending. There’s some good pics of this engineering marvel over Tundra Solutions forum. It appears to be happening to many Tundra gates, some people state just from a few guys sitting on the tailgate watching ball games, etc. This is not good!

  23. JKD says:

    Sorry, on my upper post I didn’t proof read, I meant to state “worm drive” type radiator hose clamp.

  24. Nathan says:

    I bought my 07 tundra feb of this year, i bought the second one our dealership got in. I’ve drove hundreds of miles with the tailgate, without any weight on it, and it has never come close to a 35 degree angle. On a larger bumper you can feel the tailgate “bump” a little bit. I had an 04 f-150 that would do the same thing. I’ve also hauled 16′ deck flooring (30 pieces) and had no problems with the tailgates strength. I’m extremely rough on trucks and I pull 16′ to 24′ enclosed trailers often, and I must say this is by far the best half ton truck ever built.

  25. admin says:

    Nathan — that’s good to hear. We expect that most of the time, the tailgate won’t pop off the hinge like it did for Glenn. But it is possible, so we’d advise caution when driving with your tailgate down.

    Thanks for commenting.

  26. T100-to-Tundra says:

    I had a T100 for 12 years and have driven that many many times on all kinds of roads with the tailgate open. Never had any problem. In fact I was told that having the tailgate open would improve my gas mileage to avoid wind cooefficient drag. I sold my T100 recently to upgrade to a Tundra 5.7. I am disappointed to know that the open tailgate is a no-no. I am glad I saw this article. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Justin says:

    T100-to-Tundra: To be honest, what you have been told about driving with the tailgate down, is incorrect. It has been proven in many circles, not only the “Myth Busters” television show, that driving with your tailgate down actually provides slightly worse MPG than with it up. Provided are a couple links regarding some of the research done. So don’t knock the truck because of this myth. Driving with the tailgate down or removed is actually worse. Now if you need to carry a load with the tailgate down, now that is something that hurts this truck.



  28. admin says:

    Justin — you left out the BEST ARTICLE ON THE SUBJECT!! 🙂


    As always, thanks for commenting!

  29. Ryan says:

    I think your truck might have been defected. Also i could see why the tailgate would buckle from a golf cart. Thats a 1000lbs tailgates arent made to hold that much. I leave myn down all the time with and with out loads no problems.

  30. DeathWind1 says:

    I Bought A Tundra On New Years Eve.—-Hope My Tailgate Holds Together Because I Dont Expect TOYOTA To Admit Something like a Cracked Tail Gate Could Ever Happen But IT Happens All The Time

  31. Fatboy362 says:

    Bought my 08 Tundra CrewMax on 12/22/07. Replaced an 04 F150 SuperCrew which was littered with problems very and poor customer service. Glad to have found this site and information. Hoping for much better luck with this truck and have made a “note to self” about the tailgate.

  32. Denny says:

    I am now driving my 6th Toyota vehicle and have had good results with each. In March 2007 I traded my 2002 Tundra for a new Tundra 4.7 and although I like the truck, I am disappointed with the back-up lights; they are basically ineffective and might even cause a hazardous situation while backing.

  33. John Smith says:

    I have owned 6 Toyota’s in the past. Eery one I have driven has been plagued with problem after problem. I kept telling myself that Toyota is the best and all the problems I had were nothing in comparison to what those wienies who drive domestcs have.

    That was until I droe a Domestic.


    I hae had enough. The Tundra tailgate issue is unacceptable. Soon, America will come to the realization that the Japanese do not make the cars that Consumer Reports says they make.

    F@#k Toyota. All the money in repairs I have paid could have paid for twice the number of domestic cars.


  34. JCC says:

    I drove all the way to Texas from North Caroliona and back with my tail gate down. But, I have a bed extender. I had my bike in the back of my truck. I couldn’t find a single bed extender for my truck. I used my cousins from his F150 and it fit perfect so I ordered one. And that thing worked great I drilled a couple holes so the pins that force the bed extender to hold the tail gate down and it worked great. This is just my two cents but it worked.

  35. Justin says:

    OnlyGMmattershere: Well thanks for such an insightful post. Never seen such factual and non-bias information posted before.

    FYI: I’m not a Tundra fan, actually own a domestic ’06 1/2 ton. I’ll give the GM twins their credit, which they deserve. But be realistic and give Toyota it’s fair share.

    So if GM makes quality trucks, why does the Tacoma outsell and last longer than the Colorado/Canyon and their predecessor S10/S15 prior?

    The Tundra has it’s flaws, but you’re telling me the Silverado/Sierra has none?

  36. Justin says:

    OnlyGM: I’m done with you. You bring nothing consturctive to the site. Only your biased uneducated opinion. Which it’s okay to have an opinion, but when facts trump your opinion, then basically it means you have no idea what you’re talking about.

    I’ve already told you I don’t own a Tundra, don’t care to own one, but give it credit where credit is due. It has upped the bar in certain aspects of a 1/2 ton truck, just like Ford, GM and Dodge have in their own respective ways. This only leads to the other manufacturers producing better trucks in the long run. It’s only common sense. No one said the Tundra is better in all areas, and no GM is not better in all areas either. Each truck has it’s goods and bads.

    Now Tacoma vs Colorado/Canyon, go to the Toyota site and use their compare function. The Tacoma is actually cheaper than the GM versions when comparable equipped, Tacoma has a higher tow rating, offers L/S diff while GM does not, and so on.

    You’ll find the Colorado/Canyon has it’s strong points too. Just the Tacoma has more strong points and appeals to more people than the GM siblings.

    I’m not blinded by the facts. I use the facts to make the best and most educated decision.

  37. Michael says:

    hey onlyGM,
    What is your story? Are you trying to compensate for your tiny d*ck or what?

  38. Mickey says:

    I use my tailgate when I need some wood or to change or clean my riding lawnmower utilizing ramps. I stand on mine and I weigh 260lbs. I’ve been fortunate. I did watch mythbusters do their thing with the tailgate. I agree with them. Also cops don’t particular care for truck owners driving down the road with the tailgate down with nothing in the bed because they can’t read your plate. SInce I didn’t have the problem doesn’t make me less aware of it. Toyota needs to pick up the ball and give a fix for the tailgate. I have 19,000 miles on my 07 Crewmax Limited. Had it in the shop once to fix a convience (pass mirror wouldn’t auto close). This was at 15,000 miles. I bought the truck in July 07. This is my first Toyota since 1976 when I had a 1974 Corona SR5. My wife bought a 07 Prius hybrid at the same time and she has 10,000 on hers with no problems. I so far have great faith because of no problems but hearing the stories Toyota you need to step it up.

  39. Josh says:

    RE: Page 35 of the operators manual says,

  40. admin says:

    Josh – the tailgate can be down as long as it is locked in place – either by weight or by a bed extender.

  41. Mickey says:

    Josh a bed extender locks into place on the tailgate. Hence tailgate doesn’t move. You are good to go with that.

  42. Kevin says:

    I just bought a 07 tundra dc 4×4 w/ the 5.7 liter v8, in dash nav. system, jbl sound package, and backup camera, trading in my 06 chevy colorado crew cab Z71.

    I liked the colorado just fine at first, but started having lifter knock after only 3000 miles (it had 114 when I drove it off the lot). Not long after this, a new issue reared it’s ugly head. When attemping to start my truck(@ a cold start or after driving home 45 min. from work), it would crank more rapidly than normal and fail to turn over. I tried checking every fuse and relay under the hood with no avail. Then, after about 30 minutes, you could blow on the key and it would crank right up. AARRGGHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went over every fuse, relay, module, starter solenoid, you name it, they tested a o.k.

    I tried to bring it back to the chevy dealership to be checked out, but of course it never acts up when you’re there. Everything checked out clear and no codes popped up. They tried to sell me on a computer module (not covered under warranty anymore).

    I decided to look @ upgrading to a silverado, but quickly changed my mind after finding I’d be 4k in the hole because they would only give me 13k for my trade. Granted the colorado did have 40k miles on it, but I took it for all it’s maintenance @ the dealership as sheduled. I took such good care of it and this is how it works out? It was all I needed to decide my next move.

    A month or so later I stopped by the toyota dealership w/ the wife and checked out the tundras. I was impressed with toyota after I bought her an fj cruiser late last year and figured what the hell, why not check ’em out. They treated us way better than any other dealership I’ve ever been to. After test driving the tundra, I had to bite my lip to keep from grinning.

    After getting down to brass tacks with the salesman, they made me an offer to pay off the colorado, and give us the 10k off rebate with another toyota loyalty rebate. The price was great! After haggling the monthly payments down below what I was paying for the chevy, I sealed the deal and haven’t regretted the decision. Granted the gas mileage is drastically lower going from a 3.5L inline 5 cylinder to a 381hp 5.7L V8, but it’s a small price to pay for being satisfied.

  43. Mickey says:

    Kevin you enjoy that Tundra. Glad you got a great deal. Wish I did, but back in July 07 I got what I could get at the time. 07 Crewmax Limited in Nautical Blue. You look in the featured vehicles you’ll see mine. I have 35,000 miles and doing fine. I can get anywhere from 17-24mpg depending on how fast I go.

  44. […] them in the future. The Tundra is the first vehicle that Toyota is giving huge discounts on. 5) Tundra Design Flaw: NEVER Drive Your Tundra Tailgate Down! | tundraheadquarters.com Toyota Tundra Tailgate Internal Memo | tundraheadquarters.com These are from a Toyota Blog so I […]

  45. Jon Byrom says:

    Guys, I’m confused and concerned (about 50-50). I bought a 2008 Tundra Crewmax Tundra grade about two months ago. I plan to load my Honda Rancher ATV (600 lbs) for when I go hunting or take family to ride trails. I have a Rhino Liner equivalent sprayed on. Am I likely to buckle my tailgate when loading my ATV? Should I consider putting a plywood or steel plate, measured to fit the surface of the tailgate, over the tailgate to help spread the weight more evenly, before I try to load my ATV? Would it be appropriate to consider having an aluminum plate as such bolted to the inner surface of the tailgate to improve it’s strength to avoid buckling? Any advice?

  46. Michael Davis says:

    Shame on you for lying about Toyota. Anyone who says their tailgate breaks is a shill for Ford and Chevy. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM. THEY DO NOT REALLY OWN TOYOTAS!!!

    Toyotas are perfect in every way!!! DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES!

  47. Mickey says:

    Jon I never had an issue with the tailgate. I use it also to ride up ramps for my riding lawn mower. I change blades oil etc while on the ramps. I used the ramps also to when I moved and loaded by dolley everything I had.

  48. Jon Byrom says:


    Thanks for the note; I know Toyota is tough as nails, and I noticed in another forum that noted that Toyota will fix or replace such damaged tailgates. I figure since my Rancher ATV is only 600 lbs and I’m using good atv ramps that it shouldn’t really be much of a problem. This is my first Pick-up Truck and maybe I’m being a bit sheepish in getting things done.

  49. Jon – I don’t think you need to do anything special, but it can’t hurt to put a piece of plywood on top of the tailgate while loading. Prudence is the better part of valor, right? 🙂

  50. Victor Garfield says:

    I’m really surprised to find another person with the tailgate problem. This just happened to me yesterday, while driving my Son-in-laws Tundra Crewmax. It’s a beautiful truck. But, I too left the tailgate down! And, sure enough, off it came, and had it not been for the two cables, it would have caused some serious damage! I even had a load in the bed of the truck. What’s worse I don’t remember hitting any real bumps, other than coming out of the grocery store parking lot onto one of the main streets? A few different people flagged me down. I now need to buy a new tailgate for him. It sustained two small corner lip dents. I’m sure I could just have it repaired at a body shop, but it’s a ’08, with only 8,000 miles on it. He doesn’t drive it much, but, I hate the thought of getting body work done on a new vehicle. Anyone have a white tailgate they would like to sell???

  51. Mickey says:

    Victor the fix for that I seen was putting a clamp on the side that can be removed so it never happens again. Personally I never had anything like that happen to mine. When I get a load of wood on my Crewmax I strap down the wood with tie straps. I even strap anything that’s on the tailgate to the tailgate so it won’t move at all. Sorry to see that happen to you. I have 72,000 miles on my 07 CM Limited. As you can see I do alot of driving. Got it in July 07. I did have 4 issues I had to fix on the truck which 3 of them was caused by me and the other caused by some fool hitting my pass mirror and breaking the gear in it so it wouldn’t auto close. The other 3 were replaced center console cover which wouldn’t stay closed and was fixed in 10 minutes. Replaced two studs on the driver rear thanks to me leaving some tape on the studs after painting the rotors. They even replaced my lock set at no charge. Replaced gas cap since I had a locking gas cap which I forgot to close and the check engine light came on and they didn’t charge for diagnostics. Minor things So I can’t complain.

  52. Jessica says:

    My husband and I have an 07 Double cab Tundra, We loaded out ATV on it, and the tailgate buckled. We have loaded the ATV on all my husbands previous trucks, and never had a problem with the tailgate…I have seen many poeple posting things online about there Tundras tailgate buckling. Toyota should recall the tailgate on the newer model Tundras!

  53. Jason says:

    Jessica – That’s part of a TSB that Toyota issued a couple of years ago. Did you buy the truck new? If so, you might be able to get a new tailgate. Take the truck to your dealer either way – Toyota has acknowledged that buckling tailgates are an issue on some 07’s.

  54. Jessica says:

    Yes, we purchased the truck new. My toyota dealer says they haven’t heard of the memo that is posted on the internet. They told me that the memo has to come from toyota.com – Do you have a link from toyota.com that I may can email to my local dealer?

  55. Michael says:

    Jason, I have an ’07 Tundra and load quads in it all the time. I have not noticed any buckling. Where exactly is the problem on the tailgate?

  56. Jason says:

    Jessica – Here you go: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2007/11/12/tundra-tailgate-problems-toyota-internal-memo/ I know that some dealers have replaced tailgates free of charge.

    Michael – It seems the problem was limited to a handful of early production models, and even in that case was very rare.

  57. danny says:

    I know this was origanally posted back in 2007, so how does this affect my 2010 Tundra d/c? Has improvements been made to prevent buckeling and/or taligate falling off? I sometimes have a need to load a 800 Rancher and have done it hundreds of times with my Z-71 with no issues. If fact, i never even thought about it until i read this post. Please update me if you got any current information.

  58. Jason says:

    danny – You’re still not supposed to drive down the road with your tailgate open and unsecured (if it bounces up and down, it can remove itself). However, the buckling issue is a non-factor since mid-07′. Toyota corrected that mistake quickly.

  59. danny says:

    Thanks for the update. I guess if i’m carrying lumber past the tailgate, i need to make sure it’s heavy enough to keep the talegate flat.
    Thanks again!

  60. Mickey says:

    Danny all I did was strap the wood down to the tailgate and no issue. I built a pretty good size fence using the tailgate down on my Crewmax.

  61. Jason says:

    Danny – np.

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  63. Tom says:

    What a joke. This guy clearly had a load on his tailgate and bounced it, causing damage that he wants covered. This is a bunch of nonsense.

  64. Jason (Admin) says:

    Tom – There’s another post that explained what happened. Because of the Tundra’s tailgate assist, this can happen if the tailgate is left down and there’s nothing to hold it down. https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2007/10/11/tundra-tailgate-design-flaw-update/

  65. PunkyTundra says:

    We have the bed extender and am not happy with it. We also have Ridgeline with a bed extender- the Toyota one is a POS, clips have broken twice so that it just comes off if not also tied onto the truck. Ridgeline bed extender is still solid- both are used to carry very heavy loads, the bed full of large, heavy ceramic planters, construction materials etc as both are used as work vehicles. The Tundra extender clips were replaced once, but they’re flimsy, with plastic parts and come apart easily, beware if you go this route. Your experience with Toyota is similar to mine, not helpful trying to sort out the problem, it’s “not their problem”. This is minor compared to our problems with the Tundra eating tires (10000 miles per set) and with corrosion. We have an ’08 extra cab base model. The Ridgeline and our other cars don’t have the same problems with corrosion or with eating tires, same drivers, location and use.

  66. clark says:

    I lost my tailgate a year ago, I was transporting long tree branches. I left the trailgate open and when I got to the dump. the trailgate was missing . I went back the same way as i came I was unable to locate the tailgate. i ended up purchase one for a couple thousand and had it replace. and the vehicle is a tundra. i have transported ATV with the tailgate down and never had any problems.

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  68. Jack says:

    You should not ride with the tailgate down anyway. They are designed to get the best gas mileage with the tailgate up. There shouldn’t be a warning for everything you do in life. Have common sense.

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