Drivers venturing out amid the pandemic are beginning to see new Toyota and Lexus in dealership lots and on the road. Unfortunately, there are now a recall involving an estimated 44,000 cars and SUVs from the manufacturer’s 2019 and 2020 model years. The reason given is that the engines are prone to stall, overheat or catch fire. The recall began on April 6, 2020.
The models included in this recall are:
- 2020 Toyota Camry & Camry Hybrid
- 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
- 2019 & 2020 Toyota RAV4 & RAV4 Hybrid
- 2020 Lexus ES300h
The cause for the recall
Reports indicate that a manufacturing flaw causes the engine blocks for these cars to leak coolant or oil. This can lead to stalls or fires if the engine is running. Those who own or lease this car should watch for warning lights on the dashboard or listen for warning chimes inside the vehicle. Drivers may also note that the engine emits smoke or runs louder than usual.
What to do
Contact the manufacturer and bring the car to the dealer. They will then check the serial numbers on the engine blocks to see if the engine needs replacement. While the recall involves thousands of cars, the number of engines replaced is reportedly in the hundreds with an estimated .5% replacement rate.
If the dealer claims the engine is not part of the recall, yet it runs hot and smokes, the owner or leaseholder may need to take legal action that forces Toyota to replace the engine. Those with questions should contact a lemon law attorney.