This recall came from another company. Can you guess which one?
Toyota's reputation for reliability is among the best in the automotive industry but even the Japanese automaker fabled for its durability has issued its fair share of recalls in recent years. Many Toyota models were included in the infamous Takata airbag recall and several Camry sedan, Highlander SUV, and Sienna minivan models were recalled in 2018 due to failing brakes.
Recalls are pretty common nowadays, so we aren't too surprised to see the latest recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the 2020 Toyota Supra. But the most interesting aspect of the recall is the manufacturer listed by the NHTSA - BMW of North America, LLC.
As many people will mention whenever the Supra is brought up in conversation, the car shares an engine and platform with the BMW Z4 and was co-developed with BMW. Even knowing this information, it is still a bit comical to see BMW listed as the source of a recall for a Toyota-badged product.
The recall was issued on September 12, 2019, under the campaign number 19V653000, and as we mentioned, is very minor. According to the NHTSA, the seat belt guide loop mount was improperly welded and could become damaged in the event of a crash. The belt may not properly restrain the driver as a result, putting them at a greater risk of injury.
This issue sounds like it could be quite dangerous but there is a silver lining- only seven cars are affected by the recall. Four of the cars have already been repaired and the owners of the other three cars have been notified. A Toyota dealership will inspect the seat belt guide loop mount and if it is defective, will replace it at no cost. If this ends up being the first and only recall for the Supra, Toyota and BMW can rest easy.