Car Recall: Toyota Engine Coolant Leak

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By | 2020-02-14T10:16:05+00:00 February 14, 2020 - 10:16AM|Recalls|
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid / Photo Credit: Toyota

Toyota is recalling 44,191 of its 2020 Avalon Hybrid, Camry, Camry Hybrid and Lexus ES 300h sedans, and 2019-20 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid SUVs. Problems with the manufacturing of the engine blocks may result in cracks that can allow coolant to leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles affected are equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine.

What’s the Problem?

During the manufacture of the affected vehicles, air bubbles may have developed in the metal of the engine blocks. This could weaken the metal and allow cracks to develop. If cracks develop, coolant could leak out of the engine and cause it to overheat and stall, increasing the risk of a crash, NHTSA says. The engine also may leak oil, which increases the risk of a fire.

Vehicles Involved

44,191 Toyota and Lexus cars and SUVS including:

  • 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid cars built from Sept. 16, 2019 through Dec. 13, 2019
  • 2020 Toyota Camry cars built from Sept. 12, 2019 through Jan. 15, 2020
  • 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid cars built from Sept. 16, 2019 through Dec. 19, 2019
  • 2020 Lexus ES 300h cars built from Sept. 16, 2019 through Dec. 18, 2019
  • 2019-20 Toyota RAV4 SUVs built from Sept. 12, 2019 through Nov. 20, 2019
  • 2019-20 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUVs built from Sept. 12, 2019 through Dec. 10, 2019

What’s the Fix?

Dealers will inspect and replace the engine, if necessary, at no charge to owners.

What Owners Should Do

You can find out whether the recall affects your vehicle by using Carfax’s recall check tool. Toyota expects the recall to begin April 6, 2020.

If your vehicle is affected, you should check with your local dealer to see if they have received instructions on how to perform the repair and if they have the necessary parts. You can use this page to find the best local repair shops through Carfax.

To speak to a Toyota representative directly, please call (888) 270-9371. To speak to a Lexus representative directly, please call (800) 255-3987.

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About the Author:

Even before I became an automotive journalist, I’d been a car guy. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, where you drive everywhere, even if it’s just next door. That has led to a lifetime of keeping up with models, trends and technological advances. I’m the Executive Editor at Carfax; before that I worked at Consumer Reports, and before that I had a long stint as Editor-in-Chief at Before turning to automotive, I spent two decades in newspapers, including 11 years at the Chicago Tribune. I’m married with three grown children and live in Northern Virginia.