Toyota Recalls 3.2 Million Sketchy Fuel Pumps Worldwide
Toyota has had its share of giant recalls, having called back more than 10 million cars and trucks in 2009-2010 to fix various problems blamed for causing unintended acceleration.
More recently, the company largely completed a lengthy series of recalls to replace tens of millions of explosion-prone Takata airbag inflators.
Toyota Fuel Pump Recall
Now Toyota is recalling 3.2 million Toyota and Lexus brand models worldwide to replace fuel pumps that could suddenly stop working. Nearly half the vehicles were sold in the U.S.
Toyota says it has processed nearly 2,600 warranty claims in the U.S. involving the finicky pumps. Symptoms are rough-running engine, loss of power or an inability to start the vehicle. Needless to say, such behavior is not conducive to safe driving.
The company took a first stab at the problem in January, six months after initiating an investigation. That’s when it announced a recall of 696,000 of its 2018-2019 model cars, crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks.
But Toyota acknowledged at the time that it was still trying to figure out the root cause of failure and might expand the campaign. Sure enough: Yesterday the company added 1.1 million more vehicles to its hit list. The newcomers all were built during the 2013-2017 model years.
Dealers will replace the flawed pumps with a sturdier unit. To determine whether your car is part of the campaign, round up your vehicle’s VIN and visit www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.
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For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.
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