BMW Recalls 2020 Toyota Supras (No, Really) Over Improper Welds, Owners Might Get New Cars

A recall has been issued for a handful of 2020 Toyota Supra models and it won’t simply be a case of the cars needing a minor repair, as they will need to be replaced by new ones.

But before we get into details, it’s worth noting that the recall comes from BMW, which, well, makes sense it’s the one that manufacturers the 2020 Supra in Austria, so it’s also responsible for any potential defects.

Documents published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that a total of seven Toyota Supra models have seatbelt guide loops that may feature improper welds. This means that in the event of a crash, the faulty welds may not let the seatbelt do its job and restrain the driver properly.

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According to the NHTSA, while BMW issued the recall, Toyota will be the one to contact owners of the affected vehicles by phone and if they’re unable to reach them, they will be notified through mail. They will be required to take their vehicles to a local Toyota dealership for inspection, and if it is determined that the car does indeed feature improper seatbelt guide loop welds, it will be replaced.

It remains to be seen if customers will simply be given a new Supra from a dealership lot or if owners will have to wait for one to be built at the Austrian production site and shipped to them.

Whatever happens, it’s certainly not the news owners of the affected Supras would want to hear. The silver lining in this cloud is that Toyota (…or BMW) has owned up to its mistake and will give them entirely new cars.

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  • TheBelltower

    Jeezus Toyota. Such a botched opportunity, every step of the way.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I wouldn’t go that far.

      Without BMW, there wouldn’t be a new Supra at all…

      • TheBelltower

        True.

      • salamOOn

        “Without BMW, there wouldn’t be a new Supra at all…”

        i guess this would be a better option….

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          You don’t like having options?

          I do.

      • i dunno. they could have used a Lexus platform. or based it around a heavily modified Legacy like what the BRZ was to the Impreza.

        • Matt

          Why would they use a Legacy platform? That makes no sense.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          All of that is more expensive than co-developing a vehicle.

      • Alduin

        It’s not even a true Supra.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Who. Cares.

          It is another performance vehicle on the market to choose from. How is this a bad thing?

          • Alduin

            I’s just a reskinned BMW.

      • ksegg

        I’ve said this a million times.

        Toyota has the Lexus LC platform.

        Toyota has V8 engines.

        They have a huge parts bin to choose from.

        So naturally they decided “yeah we can’t build a sports car!”.

        Makes perfect sense.

  • Bash

    I guess that’s mothership is calling.

  • Ben

    At this point, I’d just put the FT-1 body kit on an LC500, sell it as a true Supra/LCF and call it a day. In fact, I like that idea very much. Only thing that would make it better would be putting in the LFA’s V10 into the LCF, but that’s a pipe dream.

    • ErnieB

      That’s what they should have done From the get go.

  • LJ

    Toyota: Despite partnering with BMW, we assure everyone that the new Supra is 100% a Toyota.

    *BMW issues recall for new Toyota Supra*

    • ksegg

      LMAO.

      Nevermind that, all anyone has to do is sit in an F30 3 Series for 2 seconds. Then sit in a “100% Toyota Supra” afterwards.

      Wait a minute, something looks familiar………..

  • Ah well recalls happen everywhere in auto industry..

    • Tumbi Mtika

      The only reason why is news is because they are going out of their way to point out that BMW are recalling the car.

  • and it begines..?

  • Mr. EP9

    Someone once said in defense of the Supra; when is German engineering a bad thing?

    Well, when this happens it is.

    • Holmer_k

      It’s not German engineering at fault here. It’s Austrian execution. But, thanks for playing. lol

      Now if you want to talk about problems with German engineering, we can talk about BMW’s electronic water pumps. That’s a true engineering issue.

  • ErnieB
  • Alduin

    Doh.

  • RysterARCEE

    So if the recalled car is one of the numbered Launch Editions, does Toyota/BMW rebuild the Launch Edition with a new VIN and the same car number [#x of 1300], or is the customer forced to take a non-Launch Edition replacement? It is a first-world problem, but at the same time puts early adopters at a disadvantage.

  • charlotteharry57

    Ugly AND defective. What a combo!

    • ErnieB

      Definitely an ugly combo!

  • pcurve

    I wonder how they find defects like this. And makes you wonder how many of these type of defects go undetected.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “BMW Recalls 2020 Toyota Supras”

    “…worth noting that the recall comes from BMW”

    “…BMW issued the recall”

    Toyota, you are really not helping yourselves here.

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