Massive Toyota Recall Will Take 1.8 Million Cars Off the Road


This has not been a great year for Toyota recalls. The automaker just announced an additional wave of recalls, bringing the total to 1.8 million US vehicles in need of service. This is an expansion of a previous recall announced on January 13.

Worldwide Recall

The recall was prompted by an issue with the fuel pump. In the vehicles listed below, the fuel pump could stop working suddenly. If that happens, the vehicle could stall and potentially cause a crash.

This expanded recall builds on the January recall of 700,000 vehicles for the same issue. However, Toyota claims that over 100,000 of those cars, trucks, and SUVs should not have been included.

Confused yet? So are we. The best way to tell if your vehicle is part of a recall is to enter the VIN into the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission’s database. You can find the VIN on the inside of the driver’s door, just below the windshield on the driver’s side and on the vehicle’s registration.

All told, this recall encompasses 3.2 million vehicles worldwide. 1.8 million of those are in the United States.

Recall Details

Here’s a complete list of all the vehicle models and years involved in this massive recall:

  • 2013-2015 Model Year Lexus LS 460
  • 2013-2014 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
  • 2017-2019 Model Year Toyota Sienna; Lexus RX 350
  • 2018 Model Year Lexus GS 300
  • 2018-2019 Model Year Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra; Lexus ES 350, GS 350, IS 300, IS 350, LC 500, LC 500h, LS 500, LS 500h, RC 300, RC 350, RX 350L

If you own one of the following cars, trucks or SUVs, you may be getting a notice in the mail from Toyota in May. In the meantime, Toyota has not instructed owners to stop driving their vehicles.

If the fuel pump does fail in your vehicle, you’ll see warning lights and error messages on the instrument panel. In addition, the engine “may run rough,” according to Toyota’s official announcement. If you notice any of these signs, pull over and turn off your vehicle.

Despite Recalls, Toyota Stock Stays Strong

Toyota also recently announced a recall of nearly 45,000 2020 Camry, Rav4, Avalon and Lexus models for a faulty engine coolant leak that could require a total engine replacement.

Despite the shaky performance of Toyota in recent years–including some major fines due to safety defects–the company’s stock remains strong. Will this latest recall negatively affect sales and stock prices? It’s too early to say, but signs point to the automaker’s reputation remaining strong.

If you have any questions about this recall, please reach out to Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987.