Toyota may be facing its biggest failure in history: all the Tundras equipped with 5.7-liter V-8s may be recalled to replace the engines, a company spokesman said Wednesday. "Engine failure kills a car’s ability to run and it’s not a simple thing to fix."
The launch of the new Tundra earlier this year was the most important introduction in the company’s history in the United States. But the rollout has suffered delays and disappointments. For instance, the Tundra earned lower frontal crash scores than domestic rivals such as the Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram.
The company has realized in February that there was a problem with the camshafts delivered by a supplier for the 5.7-liter engine, and the automaker ordered the necessary changes to production.
At the moment there are 20 cases of engine failure in trucks equipped with 5.7-liter engines. Toyota is now studying how many of the 30,000 5.7-liter engines it built are affected.