Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles over fuel pump issues. Because the problem can lead to a sudden stall, it also increases the risk of an accident, especially if the vehicle is going at high speeds.
The Japanese automaker said that the 696,000 vehicles impacted include the 2018 and 2019 Toyota 4Runner, Highlander, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia SUVs, the Camry sedans, the Sienna minivans, the Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks, and the 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla sedans.
Lexus vehicles listed under this recall include the 2018 and 2019 Lexus ES 350, GS 350, IS 300, LS 500 and their sedan versions, the LC 500, RC 350, and RC 300 coupes, and the GX 460, LX 570, and RX 350 SUVs, as well as the 2019 Lexus NX 300 and RX 350 L SUVs and GS 300 sedans.
Hybrid vehicles are not included in the recall.
Car owners who own the recalled units must beware that the fuel pump can fail unexpectedly, causing the engine to stall or start running rough. This problem can trigger the dashboard warning lights.
Toyota reported that if the engine stalls, it might not restart.
At the moment, the automaker is still working on a remedy. According to a spokesperson, this means that cars might not get fixed in the very near future.
Reporters could not confirm whether Toyota is aware of any crashes or injuries associated with this problem.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, please contact Toyota or Lexus with any concerns about driving the vehicle until a solution is available.
According to the manufacturer, impacted car owners will receive a notice in the mail by mid-March.
We hope the automaker is able to develop a remedy for this problem promptly. Lives are at stake, and ensuring products are safe is an essential part of what manufacturers do. Hopefully, Toyota makes a fix available before people are injured.
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