• Mar 2nd 2010 at 10:47AM
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"This is not a safety recall."

Toyota is making it perfectly clear that this latest limited service campaign involving V6-powered vehicles sold over the past few years is not, in fact, a safety recall, as it does not have the potential to harm drivers. What's happening, however, is the rubber portion of the oil supply hose for the VVT-i actuator has the potential to degrade, which can cause oil to leak, in turn causing the engine to produce odd noises and the oil pressure light in the dash to illuminate.

The most recent phase of this service campaign involves 2007-2009 model year V6-equipped RAV4 and Avalon models. Last year, however, Toyota announced the first two phases of this campaign, which included 2005-2006 Avalons, 2007-early 2010 Camrys, 2006 RAV4s, 2007-2008 Lexus ES350s, and 2007-2009 Lexus RX350s. For all of these models, Toyota dealers will replace the oil hose at no extra charge, and the service campaign will be available to owners until March 31, 2013. Click through the jump to read the full details in Toyota's press release.

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Limited Service Campaign for VVT-i Oil Line

On February 22, Toyota announced phase three of a Limited Service Campaign (LSC) on certain 2007 – 2009 model year Avalon and RAV4 vehicles with a 2GR-FE (V6) engine, the rubber portion of the oil supply hose for the VVT-i actuator may degrade over time. This condition may cause oil to leak from the VVT-i oil hose producing abnormal engine noise and the oil pressure light to illuminate.

This is not a safety recall and submitting a Defect Information Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not required. Toyota has taken this step in the interest of customer satisfaction, informing owners that Toyota and Lexus dealers will modify their vehicle to help them avoid experiencing the condition.

For phase three, there are approximately 128,800 Avalon (2007 – 2009 model year) and 89,000 RAV4 V6 (2007 – 2009 model year) vehicles involved in the United States.

Last year, Toyota also announced phases one and two of this LSC on approximately 342,200 Toyota Avalon (model year 2005 – 2006), Camry (2007 – early 2010) and RAV4 V6 (2006 model year), and 374,000 Lexus ES 350 (model year 2007-2008) and RX 350 (model year 2007-2009) vehicles.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a LSC notification by first class mail.

Toyota dealers will replace the VVT-i Oil Hose with a newly designed one at NO CHARGE to the customer. The repair will take approximately one hour. However, depending upon the dealer's work schedule, it may be necessary to make the vehicle available for a longer period of time.

This Limited Service Campaign will be offered until March 31, 2013.

If an owner has any immediate concerns they are requested to contact their local Toyota dealer for diagnosis, and if applicable, repair.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      SERVICE:
      noun
      °An event in which an entity takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on the behalf of another entity.

      CAMPAIGN:
      noun
      °A series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal; as, an election campaign, a military campaign, an advertising campaign.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do both the Rav4 and the CR4 look like they have severe under bites? Not enough dentists in Japan, I guess....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota cars aren't so bad once you get past the accelerator, braking, steering, airbag, rusting frame, engine sludge, peeling paint, electronics, transmission and now the oil lines problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, at least their windshields don't crack open because the dash is fitted so poorly that it keeps hitting it.

        I'm looking at you, Chrysler. >:|
        • 5 Years Ago
        so sez Consumer Reports' Senior Director David Champion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahhh just remove the floor mats and that should take care of those problems





        ...Wow, two floor mat jokes in the same thread, I'm on a roll ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm, those GM and Ford sales numbers seem pretty irrelevant to this article.

      I wouldn't make any of those other claims, also. Seems like a pretty biased point of view.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota was UP in China last month:

      http://autonews.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1014237/Toyota-s-China-JVs-Feb-sales-double-to-57-900-cars.html

      DOUBLED their sales! Up in Japan, up in China...up in every country that isn't driven by a hysterical media and government/UAW witch hunt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They have a 4.6 billion dollar recall fund if my memory serves me, should be interesting to see the figures on how much of that has been spent already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what the book of knowledge says about this one
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, Toyota's having a real bear of a time with all these recalls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "This is not a safety recall."

      Rather, "Our cars are prone to problems like other brands. We are not perfect any more".
        • 5 Years Ago
        "This is not a safety recall." ........................then what is it?

        Well at least Toyota is realizing they are not perfect.....now as for CR.........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Inferior rubber material? I wonder who makes the hose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The same company that makes their recalled floor mats ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The quality perception is eroding fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota just needs to give it up and start over with back to basics simple cars.
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