Another Toyota Supra Recall- This Time You Can’t Stop

We’ve all heard this before, so I’ll get it out of the way quickly. Yes, the new Toyota Supra, god of the JDM scene, is more BMW than Toyota. Additionally, the Japanese-German sports car has been suffering a great deal of late. The cheaper 2.0-liter model didn’t exactly find a lot of fans when the reviews rolled in, and its big brother has something of a dual-citizenship identity crisis. Now, the Supra has run into another issue. This time, the vehicle’s braking assistance is the subject of a recall and adds to a growing list of open recalls on the model.

Toyota didn’t even issue this recall

A red Toyota brake caliper bearing the "Supra" script
The new recall takes issue with faulty braking systems | Toyota

So, seeing as the brakes recall is the most recent, we’ll start there. The Toyota Supra, per the NHTSA, has an issue with them. More specifically, there’s an issue with the emergency braking software. Effectively, the software issue causes the Toyota Supra’s emergency braking assist to fail. Without it, braking is done the old-fashioned way, with your feet. I feel it’s important to point out that the brakes still work. In no way are the physical braking controls affected by the recall.

However, it wasn’t even Toyota that issued the recall. It’s a painful reminder that the Supra is more BMW Z-car than Japanese sports machine. The NHTSA lists BMW of North America as the manufacturer. Tough news to swallow, but unfortunately, there’s more bad news. The Supra is a low-volume sports car. As such, they don’t sell many, and the 50,000 units affected are quite a lot. Thankfully, issues will be fixed free of charge.

This Toyota Supra recall isn’t the first

A blue Supra on a race track
The new Supra needs to lean into the name if it wants to survive | Toyota

As I’m sure you remember, this isn’t the only Toyota Supra recall open right now. In total, the Supra has seven open recalls through the NHTSA. Thankfully, the most severe recall affects only a small handful of Supras, 49 to be exact. Issue is, there’s some welds on the fuel tank that may fail or leak. And once again, BMW of North America is listed as the manufacturer.

The last few are significantly more minor than that. Among them are some minor headlight issues and a problem with steering tie rods. That last one could be an issue, but nothing yet. More importantly, BMW of North America is listed as the manufacturer for all of them. Yes, all. Evidently, the Toyota parts of the Supra are holding up, but maybe not so for the BMW parts.

It seems the “Zupra” can’t catch a break

The BMW derived shifter in the new Supra
The BMW-derived shifter in the Supra | Hector Retamal via Getty Images

Honestly, it’s a real shame that the Toyota Supra is having such a rough go of it. I’ll champion fun cars, automatic or manual, BMW or Toyota, till the day I croak. The Supra is fun but clearly has some issues. Ideally, Toyota is able to give that legendary badge a second look, and right some of these BMW-centric wrongs.

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