Toyota's Fuel Pump Recall Reaches 3.3 Million Vehicles in U.S.

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
toyotas fuel pump recall reaches 3 3 million vehicles in u s

Toyota has added another 1.5 million vehicles to the fuel pump recall instituted at the start of 2020, bringing the grand total to 3.34 million units. While the original recall accounts for models stretching all the way back to 2013, the manufacturer announced on Wednesday that the newest additions encompass Toyota and Lexus products assembled between July 2017 and September 2020.

Considering a portion of the vehicles were manufactured months after the firm had already announced there was a safety issue with the pump, it’s a little odd to see them being added to the list at all. Supplier Denso Corp. is responsible for the components in both instances and suggested we reach out to Toyota for information. But the Japanese automaker essentially reiterated what it said in the previous safety announcement, adding that it was working with Denso to make sure replacement parts were made promptly available.

“The subject vehicles are equipped with a fuel pump which may stop operating,” the company explained. “If this were to occur, warning lights and messages may be displayed on the instrument panel, and the engine may run rough. This can result in a vehicle stall, and the vehicle may be unable to be restarted. If a vehicle stall occurs while driving at higher speeds, this could increase the risk of a crash.”

Toyota did not say if there were any crashes known to be the fault of an ailing fuel pump but is encouraging drivers to exercise caution. It also recommended customers use their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to search the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety recall website. Considering the long list of models (everything from the 2013 Lexus GS 350 to the 2020 Toyota RAV4) affected, that’s probably not a terrible idea if you’ve purchased any Toyota/Lexus vehicle within the last decade. However, a comprehensive model list can be found in the recall announcement on the manufacturer’s website.

Toyota said owners of the vehicles now included in the recall, that were not included in the recall population as of April 9th, 2020, will be notified by late December. Customer support is likewise available by calling the Toyota Brand Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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  • Pwrwrench Pwrwrench on Oct 30, 2020

    Did that 2009 Highlander get fixed? Or go back for the same problem again and again?

    • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 30, 2020

      Mine? No, there were different issues, most - total BS. Recalls like - wrong label on the door - floor mats - gas pedal - window switch - software upgrade It also had failed water pump @13K miles. But @131K it was running but too many issues due to design of the engine. + leaking main seal + leaking struts.

  • Pwrwrench Pwrwrench on Oct 30, 2020

    EEK! Seems like you got a citrus version leaving a sour taste.

  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.
  • Dukeisduke If these were built in the US, they'd probably be plagued with recalls, like everything else they make now. It's just as well they don't bring them here.I've owned one Ford, a '95 F-150 (drove it for 17 years and 214k miles) and it was fantastic. But you couldn't run fast enough to buy another Ford. Quality used to be Job 1; now it's an afterthought.
  • Dukeisduke "side-to-side taillights""Across-the-border" is the phrase you're looking for - it's what Ford called the taillights on the '67-'68 and '70-'71 Thunderbirds.
  • 28-Cars-Later Pretty sure its the next gen Fusion, which did manage 110K sales in 2020 USDM but that was roughly 66% less than 306K it sold in 2013. If 100K units is the expected high water mark I can understand why resources went elsewhere... though Mach-E can't even do half that and its hyped like the Second Coming so maybe there was a missed opportunity after all?
  • Kcflyer Laughing inside at the "300 mile range when it's warm" line. Can you imagine if ICE vehicles were this comprised? What a sick joke the green agenda is.