Toyota is often ranked among the most reliable car brands on the market. However, every auto manufacturer is guilty of producing defective vehicles from time to time – even those with the best reputations.
If you own a Toyota, you should be able to get mechanical issues repaired free of charge if the vehicle is under warranty. However, if there is a recurring issue in a specific model, the manufacturer may be forced to issue a widespread recall. Recalls happen every year, and no automaker is immune to them.
Recalls Versus Lemon Law
Recalls do not normally impact lemon law claims.
In California, Toyota lemon laws exist to protect consumers against defective vehicles that do not conform to the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty. In order to qualify as a lemon, the vehicle must:
- Be covered under the manufacturer or dealer warranty when the defect or nonconformity was first reported; and
- Have one more defects/nonconformities that substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety; and
- Have been subjected to a reasonable number of repair attempts by a manufacturer-certified facility to fix the defect or nonconformity; or
- Have been out of service for repairs on one or more defects/nonconformities for at least 30 days; and
- The defect or nonconformity must not have been caused by driver abuse or neglect.
If your Toyota meets these qualifications, you may be eligible for a refund, replacement car, or other compensation – regardless of whether the vehicle has been recalled.
So, what are some of the most recent recalls by Toyota?
Here are four big ones all Toyota owners should know about.
1. Axle Shaft Toyota Tundra Recall
Earlier this year, Toyota recalled over 46,000 Tundra trucks from the 2022 model year. This recall by Toyota was issued due to a problem with the axle shafts. According to Toyota, the axle shafts in these trucks may break while the vehicle is being driven. If this happens, it could cause the truck to lose control and crash.
If you own a 2022 Toyota Tundra affected by this recall, take it to a dealership for repair as soon as possible. Toyota should tighten the axle flange nuts and replace any damaged components at no cost to you. However, this may only resolve the problem in the short term. In some cases, the defect may return.
If they cannot repair the issue and your truck is still under warranty, you may be eligible for a refund or replacement under Toyota lemon law. Consult a local lemon law attorney to learn more about your legal options.
2. Skid Control Toyota Recall
Toyota manufacturing also issued a recall for certain 2022 Toyota Highlanders and Rav4s due to a problem with the skid control system. In affected vehicles, the skid control system may restart unexpectedly while the car is being driven. Driving with a deactivated skid control system could increase the crash risk.
If your Highlander or Rav4 is affected by this recall by Toyota, you should take it to a dealership for service. Toyota will update the software in the skid control system at no cost to you.
Your car may qualify as a lemon if the problem persists after the software update. However, you’ll need to give Toyota a reasonable number of repair attempts before filing your California lemon law claim.
3. Review Camera Display Recall
Another recall affected over 18,000 Tundras (the 2022 model) due to an issue with the review camera display. According to Toyota, the display may not show a clear image of what’s behind the vehicle. This could make it difficult to back up safely or park properly.
If your Tundra is affected by this recall, you should take it to a Toyota dealership to have the software updated. They will perform this update for free.
Since an issue with your rearview camera interferes with the use/functionality of your car, it may qualify as a lemon under Toyota lemon law. If you’ve brought it in to have the software updated multiple times without success, you may be able to get a refund or replacement vehicle. Again, a California lemon law lawyer can help you determine whether or not you have a case.
4. Radar Sensor Toyota Recall
The final recall on this list affects Toyota’s 2020 and 2021 C-HR models due to an issue with the radar sensor. In affected cars, the radar sensor system may fail to detect objects in front of the vehicle. This could pose a safety hazard and increase the risk of a collision.
If your C-HR is included in this recall, or you believe it may be, take it to a dealership for service immediately. Toyota will update the software in the radar sensor to its proper function.
Some consumers may experience this problem even after the software is updated. If that’s the case, your car may still qualify as a lemon under Toyota lemon law. So, be sure to gather all repair records and speak to a lemon law lawyer to find out if you have a case.
Need a California lemon law lawyer?
If you’ve had repeated issues with your Toyota that haven’t been resolved, you may be covered under California lemon law. The first step is to speak to a lemon law lawyer who can review your case and determine if you have a claim.
At Cline APC, we specialize in representing consumers with defective vehicles. We have extensive experience handling lemon law claims and are familiar with the ins and outs of recent recalls. Our team will navigate the lemon law process and get the best possible outcome for your case.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case and let you know if you have a claim. If you do, we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve.