Earlier in October Motorbiscuit covered a Toyota recall regarding failing fuel pumps. At that time, nearly 2 million vehicles were included in the action. Now comes word that the recall has been expanded. It affects models from both Toyota and Lexus from as far back as 2013. The number of vehicles has now chimed in at 5.84 million units.
What is the recall action for?
Defects in a fuel pump may cause premature failure. Consequently, the vehicle may stop operating and stall. Such a failure can cause dangerous conditions for motorists while traveling. Also, the vehicle may not be able to restart.
What vehicles are affected in the recall?
This expanded recall includes both Toyota and Lexus models. The production of vehicles with defective fuel pumps reaches back to 2013. Our friends at Autoblog were able to put together a list that encompasses the affected vehicles from the original recall to the latest expansion. That list is below.
- 2013-2015 Model Year Lexus LS 460
- 2013-2015 Model Year Lexus GS 350
- 2014 Model Year Toyota FJ Cruiser, Lexus IS-F
- 2014-2015 Model Year Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser; Lexus GX 460, IS 350, LX 570
- 2015 Model Year Lexus NX 200t, RC 350
- 2017 Model Year Lexus IS 200t, RC 200t GS 200t
- 2017-2019 Model Year Toyota Highlander; Lexus GS 350
- 2017-2020 Model Year Toyota Sienna and Lexus RX 350
- 2018-2019 Model Year Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser; Lexus GS 300, GX 460, IS 300, IS 350, LS 500h, LX 570, NX 300, RC 300, RC 350
- 2018-2020 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra Lexus ES 350, LC 500, LC 500h, LS 500, RX 350L
- 2019 Model Year Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Lexus UX 200
- 2019-2020 Model Year Toyota RAV4
What is being done about the defective fuel pumps?
The defective fuel pumps will be replaced with improved fuel pumps free of charge by Toyota. The company will reach out to affected customers. Those that have questions or want to schedule a service appointment can reach out to Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
To find out if your vehicle is involved in the recall, the Toyota website has a VIN search function here. The NHTSA also has recently launched an app that will notify people if their vehicles have been affected by a recall. You can find information about the app here.
Recall origins began in January
This recall originated in January. Since then, the automaker has made announcements to add more vehicles as further investigation was performed. According to Car Complaints, this most recent announcement comes as a class action lawsuit is also ongoing. The implication is that the manufacturer of the fuel pumps, Denso, knew in 2016 about the component’s defect. The total is now 5.84 globally affected vehicles. Of those, 3.34 million are in the United States.
Automotive recalls are a pain for manufacturers and consumers alike. But, they are necessary to keep everybody safe from a known problem. If you are affected, please take action as necessary so that you can have peace of mind.