Toyota Supra Recall: Why It Matters

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The 2020 Toyota Supra has received a recall order, but, oddly, it isn’t from Toyota. Instead, the recall is being issued voluntarily by BMW.

BMW makes the Supra at their Magna Steyr, Graz Plant in Austria. As such, any issues with the vehicle that require a recall would be issued by them, not Toyota.

What Is the Recall For?

Firstly, let’s look at the recall. BMW issued the recall for the Toyota Supra after learning of an issue with the seat belt guide loop mount. Neither Toyota nor BMW is aware of any injuries related to the guide loop mount, though they’re offering to simply replace the affected cars entirely. That might sound like a bit of overkill, but this story gets stranger.

This recall only applies to seven vehicles. Of those, only three have actually sold! The other four are still on dealership lots. This explains why BMW is offering to replace the affected cars outright: It’ll only apply to three customers. This might sound minuscule, but the issues with the recall aren’t necessarily focused on the number of cars affected, but that a recall has to be issued at all.

Why This Matters

The Toyota Supra shares a lot of parts under the hood with the BMW Z4, and this hasn’t been exactly controversy-free. Many fans of high-end Toyota vehicles feel as though this makes the Supra little more than a Z4 with a different badge. Their issue with the vehicle can be summed up as “If I wanted a BMW, I would buy a BMW.”

A lot of the controversy around this is related to BMW’s alleged lack of build quality and general sloppiness when it comes to reliability. As such, BMW themselves having to be the ones to issue the recall on the Supra due to legal procedures is a touch ironic. Toyota faithful who were disappointed in the news that the Supra would be built by BMW in Austria are likely saying “I told you so” to their friends.

If you happen to be one of the three people affected by this recall, you’re in luck! You’re getting a brand-new 2020 Toyota Supra. For everyone else, keep your eyes peeled for further recall news.