There are seven 2020 Toyota Supra owners that may need to have their cars entirely replaced.
The recall concerns the driver’s seatbelt guide loop mount and the welds holding it in place. BMW states in the official NHTSA documents that the mount “may not have been welded to specifications.” This becomes a potential problem in a crash. “In a crash of sufficient severity, the mount could become damaged and may not restrain the driver as designed, which would increase the risk of injury to the driver,” the documents say. BMW says it performed testing to see if that could actually happen, and concluded that the recall was necessary.
According to the report, only seven Supras are affected and only three of them are in the hands of their owners already. Sadly, however, because of the nature of the problem, these owners won’t be able to take their cars to a BMW dealership to have the issue remedied—nor a Toyota dealership. In fact, they’ll have to get a whole new car because the seat belt loop involves a welding point on the car’s body in addition to being a major safety component.
A component of this caliber can’t simply be welded back on. Even if it could, a repair would pose an enormous liability to both companies, hence why these owners have to get brand-new cars. Affected owners can find the recall under campaign number 19V653000.