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Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2020 Model Year Avalon Hybrid, 2020 Model Year Camry, 2020 Model Year Camry Hybrid, 2019-2020 RAV4, 2019-2020 RAV4 Hybrid and 2020 Model Year Lexus ES 300h in the United States. Approximately 44,000 vehicles are involved in this recall.

The Problem: An engine block was manufactured incorrectly, which may cause coolant to leak during normal engine operation... engine damage could cause oil to leak.. risk of fire.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the engine block casting serial number and, if it’s determined to be involved, will replace the engine and engine block with a new one for free.

Toyota announced that about 250 out of the 44,191 recalled vehicles will actually need their engine replaced
Update:
Here's some more information.
Defect Information Report pdf
Manufacturer Notices to Dealers pdf

Only 4cyl. and hybrid are affected.

The vehicles that are affected are between the manufacturing dates below:
Camry Gas | September 9, 2019 to January 15, 2020
Camry Hybrid | September 16, 2019 - December 19, 2020
 

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I'm guessing it's the 4cyl. since it only includes the avalon and es300 hybrids and not the v6 versions.
 

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If you’ve just bought a new Toyota or Lexus, your vehicle may need its engine replaced. Over 44,000 cars and SUVs from the 2019 and 2020 model years are being recalled because they may overheat, stall, or even catch fire.

Affected vehicles include 2020 Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, and Lexus ES300h sedans, and 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid SUVs.

The recall is due to an issue with the engine block, where combustion takes place. Because of a manufacturing error, the engine block could leak coolant or oil, which may lead to a stall or fire while the engine is in use. Drivers may first notice warning lights and chimes, increased engine noise, and/or engine smoke.

 

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In a written statement, Toyota announced that about 250 out of the 44,191 recalled vehicles will actually need their engine replaced, but dealers will have to check the serial numbers on the engine blocks in recalled vehicles to determine whether they were part of the faulty batch.
The problem started in September 2019 at a Toyota-owned factory in Tennessee that manufactures engine blocks for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. According to a written statement from the automaker, a water flow meter at the factory failed while some engine blocks were being cast. As a result, these blocks did not cool properly, which caused cracks to develop.
Toyota said it discovered the problem when it found vehicles with coolant leaks during inspections of new vehicles at factories and dealers. Although the majority of affected vehicles have already been sold to consumers, some are still on dealer lots and cannot be sold until they have been repaired.
When contacted by CR, a Toyota spokesperson would not comment on whether there have been any crashes or injuries related to this problem.
The Details
Vehicles Recalled
• 2020 Toyota Camry sedans manufactured from Sept. 12, 2019 through Jan. 15, 2020
• 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid sedans manufactured from Sept. 16, 2019 through Dec. 19, 2019
• 2019 and 2020 Toyota RAV4 SUVs manufactured from Sept. 12, 2019 through Nov. 20, 2019
• 2019 and 2020 Toyota RAV4 SUVs manufactured from Sept. 12, 2019 through Nov. 20, 2019
• 2019 and 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUVs manufactured from Sept. 12, 2019 through Dec. 10, 2019
• 2020 Lexus ES300h sedans manufactured from Sept. 16, 2019 through Dec. 18, 2019
• 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid sedans manufactured from Sept. 16, 2019 through Dec. 13, 2019
The problem: Due to a manufacturing issue, the engine block may be cracked. As a result, the vehicles may overheat, stall, or catch fire.
The fix: Dealers will check the serial number on the engine block to determine if it is part of a faulty batch. If it is, dealers will replace the engine free of charge.
How to contact the manufacturer: Toyota said that recall is expected to begin April 6, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.
NHTSA campaign number: 20V064. Toyota's own number for this recall is 20TA04. Lexus' own number for this recall is 20LA02.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.
 

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Oh crap! Bought Dec 2019 but it’s a 2020 model.
i wonder if the order date is same as manufactured date I hope not. Does anyone know?

Order Date:
09/2019
Plant of Manufacture:
Kentucky

Update: I called the dealership today and rep said my car manufactured date was 11/04/19 and not part of the recall. Swoosh!
 

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I guess everyone that had that coolant smell inside the car will need to check their vin#'s ASAP.
 

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Oh crap! Bought Dec 2019 but it’s a 2020 model.
i wonder if the order date is same as manufactured date I hope not. Does anyone know?

Order Date:
09/2019
Plant of Manufacture:
Kentucky
The MFG date is on the black sticker on the B pillar. The order day could be anything...
 

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The new 4 cylinder is very different than the ones before it for as long as I can remember. Although they have been updated and changed over the years the basic layout of the Toyota 4 cylinder has been the same going back to at least the nineties for me. Alternator, compressor, water pump, starter, intake, exhaust, and even the battery location have all been in the same location from then through 2017. This new engine is vastly different but it's still surprising for Toyota to have this serious of a defect.
 
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