Toyota is recalling about 52,000 vehicles in North America over an increased risk surrounding coolant leakage.
The risk affects 8,214 cars and trucks in Canada, as well as approximately 44,000 vehicles in the US.
Driving.ca reported that the recall covers the 2020 model year Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, and Lexus ES 300h models, as well as 2019 and 2020 model year Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid SUVs.
According to the automaker, the issue is due to an improperly manufactured engine block, which can leak coolant 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,” Toyota warned in its statement.
Vehicles affected by the defect could possibly stall, which could raise the risks of an accident if it happens without warning. The coolant leak could also develop an oil leak, which “in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to an increased risk of fire,” Toyota cautioned.
Automobiles returned to the dealership will be inspected to assess if they are affected by the defect. Those whose engine block casting serial numbers match the reported batch with the issue will have their engines replaced at no extra cost.
Toyota said that no accidents or injuries have been reported as resulting from the defect. Owners whose cars are part of the recall will be notified by early April.