Toyota Extends Fuel Pump Recall to Include Another 1.5 Million Vehicles
On October 28th, 2020, Toyota Motor Corporation announced a recall covering nearly 1.5 million vehicles worldwide due to a critical manufacturing flaw in their fuel pump systems. This is an extension of an already existing recall that the company released back in January after multiple consumers started to complain about fuel pump failures which caused their vehicle’s engine to stall out and not restart.
According to a statement released by Toyota on Wednesday, there are now approximately 5.84 million Lexus and Toyota-brand vehicles that have been affected by this fuel pump recall throughout the world. Here in the United States, nearly 40 different models dating back to 2013 have been included since the company’s initial recall in January 2020 that encompassed 700,000 vehicles. Two months later they added another 1.2 million vehicles to that list – all of which were experiencing the same fuel pump issues. Executives for Toyota claim that they didn’t include this set of vehicles in the first recall because they were “monitoring data and investigating to see if vehicles outside the scope of the original recalls would experience the same problem.”
The Japanese automaker goes on to state that these defective pumps can suddenly stop operating while the vehicle is being driven which then leads to a complete shutdown of the engine and stalling of the vehicle. To make matters worse, drivers who have experienced this serious glitch have indicated that they were unable to restart their vehicle once it stopped running. The company did not give any details regarding injuries or collisions that may have occurred as the result of these defects, however, owners are strongly encouraged to take their vehicle to their local dealership for repairs that will be free of charge.
It should come as no surprise that an automotive defect of this type has the potential to be incredibly dangerous for anyone who might be in the vehicle at the time of the fuel pump’s malfunction. Drivers traveling at higher rates of speed, perhaps along an interstate, could find themselves in a deadly accident should their car just suddenly shut off and become immobile. If your vehicle has been named in this recall, it is highly recommended that you schedule the necessary repairs to fix its faults so you can rest easy knowing that you’ve done your part to keep your family & friends safe.
For additional information on how to proceed with a Toyota auto product liability lawsuit, or to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 877-FL-INJURY.
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