JAW-DROPPING images show the burned-out remains of a Toyota GR86 that allegedly caught fire as the driver swerved off a motorway.
This California fire reportedly happened 12 hours after the Toyota had completed four months of repairs.
The driver of the incident, Josh, made two Instagram posts documenting the damage to his Toyota.
One of Josh’s Instagram posts is a video with the caption, “You had a chance to make this right toyotaoforange.”
Toyota of Orange is a car dealership in Orange County, California.
One Instagram user commented on Josh’s video: “For the record, I went to Toyota of Orange to buy a car last year and experienced the (lack of) customer service [w]so awful I would never buy a car from them.”
Josh’s Instagram video begins with footage of his Toyota on fire, with an overlay of text that reads, “This thing burst into flames as I pulled off the freeway.”
The video then shows Josh’s decimated Toyota being towed away with a virtually unrecognizable front.
Josh told The US Sun: “My car was going to be completely rebuilt, it was in Toyota’s position and that[y] denied my warranty due to “signs of track use and abuse”.
“Then I saw videos of my car on TikTok being posted by the technicians claiming my vehicle failed due to a modified ECU [engine control unit] which is wrong so I reported the technician to Toyota.
“Then they agreed to ‘pay for’ half of the repairs, which got me a $10,000 bill.
“Then I had my car serviced by them, which took about 90 days, and 12 hours after I picked it up on July 18, it exploded in my face.”
The US Sun contacted the Toyota of Orange service department but received no comment.
Josh told The US Sun: “The video [TikTok from Toyota of Orange] was removed after I complained (to Toyota corporate office) and the video was brought to the attention of the company and dealer.
“As soon as they saw the video, they agreed to fix the vehicle and pay half and I’m paying half.
“I was against it, but I just wanted my car back at that point because I felt like it would be brand new when I got it back.”
The US Sun contacted Toyota’s corporate headquarters for comment but received no response.
Josh’s second Instagram post shows firefighters working to put out his car’s flames, as well as close-ups of the damage.
One user commented, “You shouldn’t get a lemon there [in Orange, California] I heard.”
The Lemon Law is a federal law that protects consumers from defective cars.
Lemon Law’s grades vary by state, with New Jersey having the best admissions guidelines.
The burning Toyota posted on Josh’s Instagram is a GR86 model.
Toyota’s GR86 starts at $27,900 and is one of the manufacturer’s sportiest vehicles.
The US Sun reached out to Toyota of Orange general manager and vice president Allen Moznet for comment.
Moznet told The US Sun: “For more than 50 years, the safety and well-being of our guests has always been our number one priority. We are disappointed and saddened to learn of this incident and relieved that the damage to the vehicle has been contained.
“We are determined to find out why the vehicle failed and to appropriately resolve this issue.
“Due to the ongoing investigation into this matter, we have no further comment at this time.”
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