Toyota Scion RF-S Post-Valve-Spring-Repair Problems Class Action

Cures should not be worse than the disease. In this class action, the complaint alleges that a vehicle made by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the Scion FR-S, was recalled for defective springs. The complaint alleges that “the attempted repairs … have caused total engine failure in a significant percentage of the vehicles…. The attempted repairs have actually increased the risk of stalling, engine failure and highway accidents for the affected vehicles.”

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons or entities who bought or leased a class vehicle in the US and (1) had recall work done involving a valve spring replacement, then suffered engine failure afterwards, or (2) who had recall work done involving a valve spring replacement or who still need to have that work done. A California Subclass has also been defined.

At issue is a vehicle jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru, which first appeared in 2012. The companies produced the cars under a number of different model names.

Unfortunately, the complaint says, its valve springs were “prone to fracturing, leading to stalling, engine failure, and increased risk of a crash.” In 2013 Toyota began making the springs from heavier wire.

It was only in November 2018, however, that Subaru filed a Defect Information Report to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) regarding the valve springs. The following month, Toyota issued a recall for model-year 2013 Scion FR-S vehicles.

In 2014, plaintiff Angel Mendoza bought a used 2013 Scion FR-S. The vehicle came with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

In September 2019, Mendoza received an Urgent Safety Recall notice from Toyota. It told him “to immediately take the Vehicle to a Toyota factory authorized repair dealership for replacement of the valve springs and warn[ed] of dire consequences if he did not.”

Mendoza took the car in that same month to Crown Toyota in Ontario, California. The vehicle had 56,593 miles on it at the time and was working normally. Mendoza had had the oil changed at 39,617 miles, 45,529 miles, and 55,291 miles.

Crown Toyota performed the recall repair. The complaint alleges, however, that “almost immediately the Vehicle began malfunctioning.”

The complaint claims, “The Vehicle, on [Mendoza’s] first drive to work on September 30, 2019, began sputtering and clunking and then suddenly shut off on the freeway.” It had to be towed back to Crown Toyota.

The following day, the dealership told Mendoza they would charge him over $4,000 for a complete engine disassembly, to determine what was wrong. Three days after that, they told him that the engine failure was due to a lack of oil maintenance and would not be covered under the vehicle’s warranty. The replacement engine would cost around $10,000.

The complaint quotes from postings by owners of 2013 Scion FR-S vehicles that report similar problems after the recall repair.

The counts include breaches of warranties and violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Toyota Scion RF-S Post-Valve-Spring-Repair Problems Complaint

March 6, 2020

Cures should not be worse than the disease. In this class action, the complaint alleges that a vehicle made by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the Scion FR-S, was recalled for defective springs. The complaint alleges that “the attempted repairs … have caused total engine failure in a significant percentage of the vehicles…. The attempted repairs have actually increased the risk of stalling, engine failure and highway accidents for the affected vehicles.”

Toyota Scion RF-S Post-Valve-Spring-Recall Problems Complaint

Case Event History

Toyota Scion RF-S Post-Valve-Spring-Repair Problems Complaint

March 6, 2020

Cures should not be worse than the disease. In this class action, the complaint alleges that a vehicle made by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the Scion FR-S, was recalled for defective springs. The complaint alleges that “the attempted repairs … have caused total engine failure in a significant percentage of the vehicles…. The attempted repairs have actually increased the risk of stalling, engine failure and highway accidents for the affected vehicles.”

Toyota Scion RF-S Post-Valve-Spring-Recall Problems Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine Defects, Valve Springs