Toyota is recalling about 44,00 model year 2020 Avalon Hybrids, Camrys, Camry Hybrids; model year 2019-2020 RAV4s, RAV4 Hybrids and model year 2020 Lexus ES 300h vehicles.
Some of the vehicles may be equipped with an engine block that was manufactured incorrectly, which may cause coolant to leak internally and/or externally during normal engine operation.
This can lead to engine noise, engine smoke, warning lights/malfunction indicator illumination, an audible chime sounding, and/or, in some cases, engine overheating and possible internal mechanical engine damage.
In a conventional gasoline vehicle, the vehicle could stall while being driven at higher speeds without prior warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
For both hybrid and conventional gasoline vehicles, the mechanical engine damage could cause engine oil to leak which, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to an increased risk of fire.
What to do
Toyota and Lexus will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine block casting serial number to determine if it is involved. In the cases where an involved engine block is identified, dealers will replace the engine including the engine block with a new one free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin by early April.
Owners may contact Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus customer service at (800) 255-3987.