Another day, another automotive recall. Toyota has announced a new recall on nearly 700,000 of their vehicles over concerns relating to their fuel pumps. The pumps can simply fail outright, resulting in the engine stalling out.
If you drive a Toyota vehicle, you could be affected. Read on for more details.
Which Vehicles Are Recalled?
The recall is rather wide-reaching, covering some 20 vehicles across 2018 and 2019 model year vehicles. Included in the recall are:
- 2019 Corolla and Avalon vehicles
- Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460, and RX 350 models from both 2018 and 2019
- Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Tundra and 4Runner models from 2018 and 2019
Needless to say, this is a rather sweeping recall. As for how this issue occurred to begin with, it is unclear what caused the fuel pump malfunction. In the words of one cheeky online commenter, “They’ve only been making fuel pumps for one hundred years or so. They’ll figure it out eventually!”
How Will You Know if Your Vehicle Is Recalled?
It’s unclear at the time of this writing how Toyota plans to inform customers that their vehicle has been recalled. Historically, the company has relied on mailing notices to customers. Such mailed notices typically include a timeframe in which the owner can bring the vehicle to a Toyota dealer and have a fix performed free of charge.
Toyota has not stated when they will notify owners, nor what the fix for the issue will be. As it is unknown what causes the fuel pumps to fail or what the common thread between the recalled vehicles is, it’s currently up to individual drivers to be vigilant in case their fuel pumps fail.
The automaker has stated that, should your fuel pump fail, there will be a number of warnings on your display and engine performance will suddenly become rough.
As fuel pump failure would result in the vehicle losing the ability to accelerate, this could greatly increase the risk of a crash when traveling at higher speeds. When driving on the highway, this could be extremely dangerous. Owners of the recalled models are urged to exercise extreme caution when driving until their vehicles are properly repaired.