Toyota recalls popular car models over safety fears but replacement parts months away
Key points:More than 45,000 vehicles, including some of Toyota's most popular models, are affectedReplacement of defective parts is expected to begin in JuneToyota will contact owners to advise them of the product recall and to schedule repairsThe fuel pumps on popular Toyota models such as the Camry, Corolla, Hilux and Land Cruiser models manufactured between 2013 and 2019 could stop working at any time, causing them to stall.
"A loss of power while driving could increase the risk of a crash, which may cause injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users," the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.Affected vehicles, which were sold across Australia, may also have problems being restarted.
What's the problem?Toyota said the potential safety issue was with a low-pressure fuel pump that was mounted inside the fuel tank of its vehicles.Due to the way they were manufactured, impellors in the pumps could deform."In some cases, the impeller may deform to a point that creates interference with the fuel pump body, which may cause the fuel pump to become inoperative," Toyota said.
"An inoperative fuel pump could result in illumination of the check engine and master warning indicators on the instrument panel, the engine not running smoothly, the engine not starting and/or vehicle stall while driving at low speed."In rare instances, vehicle stall could occur while driving at higher speeds, increasing the risk of a crash."
What should owners do?The ACCC said Toyota would contact owners of vehicles to advise them of the safety recall and will schedule free repairs when parts become available, which is expected to happen from June.Toyota expects that replacing the fuel pump with a new one would take between 2 and 4 hours but dealers may need to keep cars for longer if they are busy.
The ACCC is advising Toyota customers to update their contact details with the company so they can be kept up to date.
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