The Supra Mk IV had a reputation for being one of the most reliable and toughest sports cars ever made, with its 2JZ engine giving the impression that it could be made out of stone.
The new Supra however, doesn’t seem to live up to that reputation. As a Supra descendant and the fact that it’s an offspring of a marriage between the Germans (BMW) and the Japanese (Toyota), you’d think that this little coupe could be the fastest piece of stone ever made. But it seems that sadly, that is not the case as both the Toyota Supra and it’s BMW, cousin, the Z4 are being recalled. Again.
The recall seems to be for a safety issue according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported in relation to the recall, but the issue is of high importance as, if not addressed immediately, could result in fires.
Listed as NHTSA Campaign Number 20V700000, the fault is apparently, the improperly welded fuel tanks of BMW Z4 units produced from June 26, 2019 to July 9, 2020, and Toyota Supra units made from April 19, 2019 to July 16, 2020. So, unless you want your car to turn into ticking time bomb, you better pay attention, if you have a Z4 or a Supra, of course.
According to the NHTSA documents, the weld between two halves of the fuel tanks may not have been performed according to specifications, which means that there is a risk of fuel leakage which could lead to a fire if there’s an ignition source. The fuel tank will be replaced, free of charge.
About 49 units are potentially involved in the safety recall, 14 being BMW Z4s and 35 being Toyota Supras. The affected VIN range wasn’t disclosed in the documents, but if you suspect your lovable two-door coupe could be part of the recall, or even if you have a doubt, you should probably hit your local dealer up.
Now, you probably know that this isn’t the first time the Supra has been recalled. In Septemeber 2019, Toyota recalled seven Supras over seat belt guide loop mount defects. And then the following month we saw a recall of nearly all BMWs, along with some Rolls-Royce and Supra units, due to backup camera issues. At the end of 2019, 245 units of the Z4, 3 Series, and Supra were recalled due to failing headlights.
Fire or not, it’s safe to say that the Supra’s age-old reputation of being extremely reliable is toast.