Toyota Oil Consumption Defect Lawsuit
Plaintiffs across the United States brought a class action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation over vehicles with defective engines that burn excessive amounts of oil.
Defective engines put drivers and passengers in immediate danger. The 2AZ-FE engines in the plaintiffs’ vehicles were predisposed to an extremely high rate of oil consumption. This oil consumption defect can cause engine failure in a moving vehicle.
The affected vehicles have diminished value and heightened safety issues as a result of this glaring defect.
Why Do Some Toyotas Burn More Oil?
In August 2011, Toyota issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) about the defect, which read, “Some 2006-2011 model year vehicles equipped with the 2AZ-FE engine may exhibit engine oil consumption. The piston assembly has been changed to minimize oil consumption.”
For drivers of these vehicles (see “Affected Models” below), this means that the oil pressure light can come on early and often, and/or that the engine can burn a quart of oil every 1,000-1,200 miles. This oil consumption can damage the engine long-term—even causing it to fail—and obviously costs the car owner more because he or she has to purchase more oil, and take the car into the shop more often.
And yet, it wasn’t until 2015 before Toyota offered to repair the issue for free—and even then, only for certain models and within a limited time window. This offer was too little, too late, and left many Toyota owners out in the cold. In fact, by 2015, many drivers had already shelled out several thousand dollars in repairs.
Which Toyota Vehicles Have an Oil Defect?
The following Toyota vehicles may suffer from the oil consumption defect:
- 2007-2009 Toyota Camry
- 2007-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
- 2007-2008 Toyota Solara
- 2009 Toyota Corolla
- 2009 Toyota Matrix
- 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4
- 2007-2008 Scion Tc
- 2008-2009 Scion Xb
If you drive one of the above models, and you have suffered financial losses related to your car’s excessive oil consumption, please contact us right away to see if you might be eligible for a lawsuit.
What Do Toyota Lawsuits Allege?
Plaintiffs allege that Toyota was aware of the design defect, but still manufactured and sold their vehicles without warning consumers. They also allege that the automaker failed to warn drivers that this defect would lessen the resale value of their Toyotas and—more importantly—create serious safety issues.
More specifically, most lawsuits allege some combination of the following:
- Toyota breached Express Warranty
- Toyota breached The Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
- Toyota violated California’s Song-Beverly Act
- Toyota committed Common Law Fraud
- Toyota violated several state-specific business and consumer protections
What Are the Toyota Oil Consumption Damages?
Due to Toyota’s deceptive business practices, vehicle owners have suffered a significant loss of money and vehicle value. If consumers were aware of the oil consumption defect, they likely would not have not purchased the vehicles, or may have paid much less for them.
Moreover, repairing the defect is costly and involves removing the engine from the vehicle to disassemble it. Vehicle owners have paid as much as $2,000-7,000 for the repair, for which many seek reimbursement.
Toyota has not recalled the defective vehicles or offered to reimburse customers who paid to fix the problem. In 2015, the automaker did issue a Limited Service Campaign (LSC) that included a free repair for certain vehicles during this timeframe.
But by then, many drivers had already poured their own money into repairs. They seek reimbursement for these repairs, loss of vehicle value, excessive oil costs, and any other damages related to the defect.
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