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Toyota Engine Failures

Toyota fixing engine failures in new Tundra truck

Wed May 30, 2007 11:04AM BST

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By Kevin Krolicki

DETROIT (Reuters) – A glitch in Toyota’s Tundra pickup truck has caused 20 engine failures and forced it to track down other trucks at risk for the problem, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday.

Toyota said a flaw in the camshaft in a limited number of 5.7-liter, V-8 engines installed in early versions of the Tundra has caused the engine component to crack and fail.

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Toyota has billed the Tundra as its most important product launch ever. Its engine problems comes as Toyota faces pressure to maintain its reputation for quality in the face of a stretch of fast growth that has made it the world’s largest automaker.

Toyota said it has determined that a flaw in the casting of a still-undetermined number of Tundra camshafts — made for Toyota’s Alabama engine plant by an outside supplier — prompted the engine failures.

“The supplier has made changes, and we think the problem is solved,” Toyota spokesman John McCandless said. Toyota declined to identify the component supplier.

In cases in which a Tundra camshaft fails, Toyota is replacing the truck engine at no charge, representatives said.

Toyota spokesman John Hanson said that the automaker has no plans to inspect vehicles for the flaw and is confident that it can identify what it expects will be a small number of trucks at risk for developing the camshaft problem.

“We’re still trying to get our arms around how many could have been affected,” he said.  Continued…

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