News About Toyota Problems, Recalls, and Lawsuits

A collection of stories that owners should hear about including recalls, lawsuits, investigations, and top complaints.

  1. 2018

    1. October

    2. September

    3. July

  2. 2017

    1. February

      • 2,840 Mirai vehicles will need a software update to fix a problem with their fuel cell system.

        The Mirai can experience a failure of the fuel cell system when a driver goes down a long h...

    2. January

      • Toyota. Takata. Recall.

        Those are three words that I’m tired of typing and you’re sick of hearing about. Yet here we are with another recall of 543,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles that hav...

      • Watch your step, Tundra owners!

        “Toyota is recalling 73,000 Tundra trucks for step bumpers that may break when stepped on. Affected are 2016-2017 Toyota Tundra trucks equipped with rear ...

      • There’s a settlement on the horizon for owners of Toyota trucks with rusted out frames that are so holey, they make the Pope blush.

        “The rusted frame class-action lawsuit may cost Toyota...

  3. 2016

    1. November

      • The Toyota Camry stinks and now there’s a lawsuit intent on proving it.

        The Camry’s ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) uses an evaporator inside the vehicle’s dashboard. Acco...

      • It’s the season to be thankful – for family, for health, for leftover turkey sandwiches. And if that wasn’t enough, Toyota owners now have another reason: Toyota might have to shell out some ser...

    2. October

      • This just in from the team at Toyota: sensors work much better when they’re connected during manufacturing.

        “Toyota says federal safety standards require a vehicle to activate a warning ...

      • Toyota is being skimpy on the details, but they did announce a parking brake recall for the 2016 and 2017 Prius.

        “Toyota is recalling about 340,000 Prius cars worldwide, including about ...

    3. August

      • The rear suspensions in some Toyota SUVs have been recalled a third time for the same exact problem. The automaker thinks it’s time to try something different. Gee Toyota, you think?

        Rea...

      • A new lawsuit has a suggestion for Toyota. Maybe it’s time to start calling their plug-in hybrid the Prius Plug-in-every-few-miles.

        “A Toyota Prius Plug-In mileage lawsuit has been filed...

    4. July

      • The curtain shield airbags in your car have two chambers that are welded together. That weld keeps those chambers hugging and happy. The only problem is, someone did a really bad job welding 1.4...

    5. June

      • Is there a design flaw in the 2005 4Runner’s automatic door locks?

        The SUV has been involved in multiple carjackings and now the victims are suing the automaker:

        “The Toyota 4Run...

      • A minor label issue is about to become a major pain in the butt for 2,500 Toyota and Scion owners.

        Why do automakers bother with recalls about stickers? Because of federal law:

        “...

      • How hot do you like your seat heater in the winter? If you like it really toasty — as in, with an actual flame — you’ll probably love one of 7,700 Toyota vehicles with seat heaters that catch on...

      • It’s not a matter of if, but when your strut will take a big hit. And when that happens in the 2015 Yaris, it won’t be able to handle it according to Toyota.

        “An internal investigation f...

    6. May

      • Toyota is recalling 1.5 million vehicles with dangerous Takata airbag inflators, including some from its Scion and Lexus divisions.

        The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safe...

      • When you hear your vehicle has been recalled, a little bit of panic is expected — is it one of those Takata airbags? A defective transmission? Does it have something to do with that strange smel...

    7. April

      • The occupant classification system (OCS) in some 2016 Toyotas isn’t doing a very good job classifying occupants:

        “(Toyota) says 41,630 model year 2016 Camry sedans and 16,880 model year ...

      • Some brand new Toyota and Lexus vehicles have left the factory with busted brake actuators:

        “Toyota says it’s possible a component inside the actuator could have been damaged during manu...

      • Toyota needs a mulligan with some 2016 Sienna seat belts:

        “Toyota says the minivans may have the wrong front seat belt height adjuster assemblies mounted to the pillar in the center. Thi...

    8. March

      • Your vehicle might be involved in one of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history.

        Toyota is expanding two previous recalls by bringing back an additional 330,000 Toy...

  4. 2015

    1. November

      • In what must seem like cruel irony to owners who have had issues with unintended acceleration, Toyota’s collision avoidance system is getting confused and randomly activating:

        “The pre-c...

      • Have you checked your RAV4’s oil level lately? As in, this week? Seriously … there’s a chance it’s incredibly low.

        A new lawsuit says that the 2006-2008 model years have a nasty habit of...

    2. May

      • Toyota is being sued for an accident that is being blamed on unintended acceleration.

        The crash involved a rented 2015 Toyota Yaris. The driver says she couldn’t slow the car down after ...

      • Toyota doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation when it comes to unintended acceleration.

        And so, when Corolla owner Robert Ruginis petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin...

    3. March

      • Toyota says the power steering circuit board in 110,000 vehicles might have been damaged on arrival, prompting a recall. The circuit board was probably messed up during assembly and can cause a ...

      • According to the EPA, the 2012-14 RAV4 EV has a range of about 100 miles. But you’re not going to get anywhere near that if the darn thing keeps switching into neutral when it’s not supposed to....

      • Toyota once said that the Prius is “harmony between man, nature and machine” but that all sounds a bit out of tune to Greg Reynante. Mr. Reynante filed a lawsuit alleging Toyota deliberately mis...

    4. February

      • Like something out of a bad music video, the subwoofers in the 2011-12 Toyota Avalons are catching on fire.

        The problem doesn’t have anything to do with how loud you crank the volume or ...

    5. January

      • It’s Friday, so in the immortal words of Loverboy I feel I can say that “everybody is working for the weekend.” That is, unless you’re one of the defective airbags in over 2.1 million vehicles. ...

      • If your car or truck has an optional accessory like running boards, chances are Southeast Toyota distributors put them on … and I use that term loosely. The distributor recently admitted that ma...

      • One of the automotive world’s worst science projects is coming to an end. Toyota dashboards have [long been known to melt and warp][19] under the heat of the sun. The deformed dashes have also b...

      • Most modern vehicles have an occupant classification system (OCS) that monitors the weight of the passenger in the front seat and decides whether or not to deploy the airbag during an accident. ...

  5. 2014

    1. November

      • Does your dashboard shine like Mr. Clean’s freshly polished cranium? Does it feel like you let a toddler loose with a glue stick?

        A new lawsuit says Toyota designed, manufactured and sub...

      • A manufacturing error could lead to total steering loss in 5,650 Toyota cars from the 2014 model year.

        Toyota says a bolt hole in the left front lower suspension is much bigger than spec...

    2. October

    3. September

      • If we were ranking car problems on a scale from 1-10, it might look a little something like this:

        1: My wiper has a tear and now my windshield gets all streaky when it rains 5: My susp...

      • Toyota thought the scourge of unintended acceleration was finally behind them. They had, after all, recalled millions of cars, paid hefty fines to the government, entered talks to settle hundred...

      • Pop quiz – name two things that don’t mix well because they’re highly combustable. Go ahead, I’ll wait … if you said flammable liquids and sparks you’re absolutely right! Bonus points to anyone ...

      • Toyota has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the Highlander has a rear liftgate that can get stuck open. The lead plaintiff, Annita Emerson, says her 2009 Highlander liftgate got stu...

      • In the past month, Toyota has recalled cars that leak gas and catch on fire, faced growing criticism about unintended acceleration at low speeds and been named in a lawsuit complaining about rus...

      • The 2014 Toyota Tundra has garnish problems and I’m not talking about parsley. Toyota says the garnish on the center pillars wasn’t installed properly and may affect how the side-curtain airbag ...

      • Toyota admits they might have forgotten to tighten the two bolts that hold the front lower ball joint to the steering knuckle on some 2014 FJ Cruisers. Loose bolts are, predictably, really bad a...

    4. August

    5. June

      • Last April, Toyota was involved in a worldwide recall of over 3 million vehicles with defective airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata. The inflators have been rupturing and sending hot shr...

    6. May

      • Toyota says dealers need to reprogram the airbag electronic control unit (ECU) in the 2014 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid for a dangerous misunderstanding.

        The software used to determi...

      • Can’t find your Sierra’s spare tire? Don’t drive yourself crazy, it might have fallen off somewhere down the road.

        The spare tire, which is mounted beneath the minivan, is protected by a...

    7. March

  6. 2013

    1. May

      • Toyota is taking part in a massive 3-million vehicle recall of inflators that can explode and send shards of metal throughout the cabin during an airbag deployment.

        Takata said the prope...