Toyota Tundra and Lexus LX600 Recall Issued Over Engine Failure Risks

More than 100,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles may suddenly fail and stall, due to debris from the manufacturing process that may contaminate the engine.

Federal regulators are warning that Toyota Tundra and Lexus LX600 vehicles from the 2022 and 2023 model years may suddenly stall or lose drive power, due to manufacturing problems that may cause the engine to fail, increasing the risk of an auto accident.

A Toyota and Lexus recall was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on June 3, after it was discovered that debris from the manufacturing process may contaminate the engine. This debris could cause the main bearings to fail and the engine to stall.

The recall impacts more than 100,000 vehicles, which have a specific V35A engine with bearings that allow the crankshaft to rotate within the engine assembly while running. Toyota and the NHTSA believe engine machining debris of a particular size and amount may not have been cleared from the engine during a specific production period. This debris subsequently contaminated the engine assembly during the manufacturing process.

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The affected engines’ main bearings are under significant pressure. If machining debris adheres to these bearings and the engine operates under high loads, they could fail. This can result in engine knocking, rough running, failure to start, or stalling. An engine stall while driving causes loss of motive power, which increases the risk of a crash, especially at higher speeds.

The recall affects 2022-2023 model year Lexus LX and Toyota Tundra vehicles, including approximately 98,568 Toyota Tundra and 3,524 Lexus LX vehicles.

Toyota indicates it is in the process of devising a remedy for the affected vehicles, but has not determined the proper solution for fixing the problem yet.

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by July 15 and a second notice will be sent once a remedy has been determined. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota’s numbers for this recall are 24TB07/24TA07 and 24LB04/24LA04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

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