In March of 2020, Toyota issued a recall of 1.2 million additional vehicles over an issue with fuel pumps. This raised the total number of recalled vehicles to 1.8 million. In January, the company had previously recalled close to 700,000 vehicles for the same issue.
Dangerous Fuel Pumps
The problem with the fuel pumps in the recalled vehicles was that it would cause the engine to suddenly stall. This engine stalling would increase the risk of the vehicle crashing. Toyota would not confirm if there were any crashes involving the fuel pump issue. The sudden stall or hesitation of a vehicle, while it is traveling, can result in a serious accident. This is especially true if the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed. If a fuel pump fails, the driver may notice that the vehicle’s engine will start running rough, and a warning light may appear. However, this is not always the case, and the fuel pump can stop working while the car is driving. There is currently no remedy for this fuel pump issue. The only solution is to replace the fuel pump entirely.
Vehicles in the Recall
There are a large number of vehicle models that are involved in the recall. Some Lexus models are also involved. Models now included in the recall are certain 2018 and 2019 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles, as well as the 2018 and 2019 Lexus ES 350, GS 350, IS 300, IS 350, LC 500, LC 500h, LS 500, LS 500h, RC 300, RC 350, RX 350L.
Also covered are the 2013-2015 Lexus LS 460, the 2013-2014 Lexus GS 350, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser and Lexus IS-F, the 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and Lexus GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570. Other vehicles include the 2015 Lexus NX 200t and RC 350, the 2017 Lexus IS 200t and RC 200t, the 2017-2019 Toyota Sienna and Lexus RX 350, and the 2018 Lexus GS 300.
If you are unsure whether your vehicle is involved in the latest recall, you can enter your vehicle’s VIN into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle recall database.
A Product Liability Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been injured due to a vehicle defect, an experienced product liability attorney can assess your case. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping the victims of defective products for over 20 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.