How many miles do you have on the car? Mine started to stink at around 1500 miles.I live in Houston and do not have this problem with my '12. I turn off Rec. when I shut the car off tho. But I have to admit that every car here in Houston seems to have that problem, some a lot worse then others. Try removing the air filter, maybe its holding the smell?
People demand so much from cars today.... I think Toyota did a great job for the price of the car. Every car is going to have a problem here and there.
Back in the day we sprayed some lysol into the vent and this took care of the problem.
it still pretty easy these days: used foam AC evaporator cleaner, just stick tubing into AC drainage and squeeze the trigger!Back in the day we sprayed some lysol into the vent and this took care of the problem.
Let us know how it goes. Been having the same issues in CA and really wishing toyota will address and solve this..I am very frustrated with this odor issue. My dealership has sprayed cleaner twice now and there is no guarantee the smell/mold won't come back. I have several cases open in CA with the techs there. I filled a complaint with corporate today. Well see what happens! :headbang:
So far, looks like no lasting remedy. Spraying the vents with a cleansing foam seems to work, but only a matter of time before smell comes back. The issue seems to be that they did not coat the condenser with antimicrobial treatment. Maybe they will send a recall notice and replace it? Most likely, since it is not a safety issue, it will likely get ignore. I dread when the car is >50K with lots of mold deposits making riding almost impossible. Wish there was a way we can all send complaints to toyota directly and keep hammering them till they at least acknowledge.Well let me tell you to read all the customers having issues this is very disheartening to me. I left Honda because they had issues they were well aware of and would not acknowledge the issue and correct the problem for thousands of customers and Im dreading Toyota is doing the same??
I bought my car in May 2012, Toyota Camry S/E I had less than 4,000 miles when I first noticed the mildew stench. I waited until today to let them know of the issue as it's my first tune up and it wasn't to far away. They called me today asking about this "unknown" smell so apparently they are pretending they have no idea what I'm talking about and this thread confirms that. I'm feeling a bit disgusted at this point to be treated like this when they are well aware of the issue. It took me less than 30 seconds to see what the problem is once I googled the mildew smell coming from vents.
Someone made the statement that CNN had no one die from the smell minimizing the issue. When you pay 25,000 for a car you shouldn't have to put up with a mildew smell every time you start your vehicle.Let me tell you it's very strong!! I will be printing off all these statements about the "unknown" smell and giving them to the service department tomorrow then maybe they will acknowledge the issue.
So am I to assume as of today they still have no remedy for this?