This just happened on my 2005 highlander - at what point would this be considered a recall?
The frames on the tacomas were rusting out a few years ago and they bought back peoples trucks. I dont want them to buy my SUV however I had to replace the power steering pump because of this.
Your not going to get a recall for a rusted hose connection on a 10 year old car, this is considered surface rust and normal wear and tear. Ferrous metal rusts (especially if you live where they salt the roads) and hoses get old. The extended 15 year frame warranty was for rust that was so bad it could perforate the frames of 2005-2010 Tacoma's that resided in northern states where the roads are salted. It wasn't a recall, Toyota just decided to make it right, as well they should.
I'm sure it also made a lot of owners happy that made the mistake of dipping the rear end of their Tacoma's at the salt water boat ramps (LOL) Dont do this with any vehicle!
Preventative maintenance and yearly detailed inspections with followup on worn or rusty parts and fittings will prevent a lot of unscheduled repairs, but most people are of the"if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, and some take it to the other extreme. I don't like surprises, staying in front of repairs lets me find less expensive quality parts and keeps the vehicles on the road.
I try and change all the fluids in my cars once a year. I'm no mechanic and usually I can afford the luxury of having the dealer or my indy do most of the work on my cars. But by doing it myself once a year, I can get under there and inspect for leaks, nasty looking connections, etc. If I see something that doesn't look right, I research it here, then decide if I'm going to DIY or take it in, or leave it be. Fluid changes are simple, cheap, don't take long and anyone with the motivation can do it.
Been rocking an 03 Highlander since new and an 01 BMW 325i for 150,XXX with little down time and nominal expense.