Recall Issued for 100,000 Toyota SUVs and Pickup Trucks

By: David Donovan | Published: Jun 07, 2024

Over 100,000 SUVs and pickup trucks in the U.S. have been recalled by Toyota due to the potential for the car to stall because of debris buildup in the engine.

Included in the recall are some 2022-2023 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks and Lexus LX600 SUVs outfitted with Toyota’s V35A six-cylinder engine according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA Issues Warning

There is potential for the engine to stall and lose drive power due to a manufacturing process which could contaminate the engine resulting in the main bearings failing.

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Frontal moderate overlap crash test of a 2016 Toyota Tundra.

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According to Toyota in their news release Toyota and Lexus vehicles are involved in the recall totaling roughly 102,000 cars.

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Statement from Toyota

In a statement from Toyota, the company said: “There is a possibility that certain machining debris may not have been cleared from the engine when it was produced.”

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25% Small Overlap Crash Test of a 2017 Toyota Tacoma

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They went on to say: “In the involved vehicles, this can lead to potential engine knocking, engine rough running, engine no start and/or a loss of motive power. A loss of motive power while driving at higher speeds can increase the risk of a crash.”

Notice of Recall

Toyota has said that the affected vehicle owners will be contacted by late July for their recall request.

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Internal workings of a gray and black engine

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The defective V45A engine apparently contains crankshaft main bearings which permit the crankshaft to rotate within the engine assembly while running.

Production Period

As per a statement from Toyota to The Drive: “During a specific production period, there is a possibility that engine machining debris of a particular size and amount may not have been cleared from the engine during manufacturing.”

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Rear offset impact of a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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They went on to state that this then “Subsequently contaminated the engine assembly during the production process.”

Potential For Bearings to Fail

In their statement Toyota mentioned that: “if the aforementioned machining debris adheres to the bearings and operation of the engine continues at higher loads over time, failure of the bearings may occur.”

Panoramic view of the Toyota East Fuji Research and Development Center in Sunto City, Shizuoka, Japan.

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For now, it is recommended for those living in the U.S. and Canada who drive one of the recalled vehicles to turn on the feature which automatically locks the doors when shifting from Park.

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Electric Latch Issue

This is the latest in a series of recalls from Toyota as last month roughly 55,000 Prius and Prius HEVs from 2023-2024 in the U.S. were identified to have an issue with the rear door electronic latches.

Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, at the annual results conference in Tokyo, May 17, 2011.

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According to Toyota: “Water can enter and short-circuit the electronic rear door latches in the involved vehicles, if the doors are not locked they could open while the vehicle is moving or in a crash, increasing the risk of injury to occupants.”

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Voluntary Recalls

For affected Prius’ owners can take their vehicle to a Toyota dealer in order to get their rear door opener switches swapped for “improved” switches at no charge.

Toyota showroom in Shenzhen shopping mall

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The same issue has been noted in other 2023-2024 Prius and Prius HEVs outside of the U.S. with 156,000 vehicles recalled in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia.

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More Serious Advisories

Other recalls have had more serious advisories attached to them including a ‘do not drive’ warning to owners of 50,000 car owners in January.

1987 Toyota Corolla (AE82) CS sedan. Photographed in Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia.

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The affected Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and RAV4 vehicles had a potentially deadly airbag issue which Toyota said they would fix at no charge.

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Takata Air Bag Recall

The airbags in the affected cars could lead to accidents for owners as the vehicles have a part “more likely to explore and shoot sharp metal fragments” according to Toyota.

A 2019 Toyota RAV4 photographed in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York, USA

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The models are from 2003-2004 for the Corollas and Corolla Matrix cars along with 2004-2005 RAV4 vehicles.

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Wider Issue

The NHTSA has recorded over 67 million cars that are at risk of potentially deadly accidents involving Takata air bags which necessitate recalls.

2007 Mercedes-Benz E 500 (W 211 MY08) sedan interior.

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The faulty inflators have already caused 27 fatalities and roughly 400 injuries according to the road safety agency.

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Rear Axle Fault

The Toyota Tacoma pickup saw 381,000 recalls due to a rear axle experiencing issues with parts falling off.

Toyota Tacoma (N300) TRD in Stuttgart

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Toyota stated that: “Welding debris left on the ends of the rear axle assembly during manufacturing could cause certain retaining nuts to loosen over time and eventually fall off.”

The recent slate of Toyota recalls includes several models over different years so owners should be aware if their car is among the affected vehicles.

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