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Toyota Highlander Hybrids Fuel Tank Capacity Class Action

The 2020-2021 Toyota Highlander hybrids have been advertised as having a 17.1-gallon fuel tank and great mileage that results in a range of around 615 miles on a single tank of gas. But the complaint for this class action alleges that drivers can only put 12-14 gallons in the tank, meaning that even a full tank does not offer a 600-mile-plus driving range. The complaint brings suit against three Toyota companies responsible for the vehicles.

The class for this action is all individuals in the US who bought or leased a 2020 to 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vehicles. Subclasses have also been defined, including California and Texas Subclasses, a Consumers Legal Remedies Act Subclass, and an Implied Warranty Subclass.

Toyota advertised the 2020 Highlander as “the most fuel-efficient Highlander Hybrid ever” which can get 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

But the complaint alleges that the Highlander Hybrid “has been the subject of hundreds of complaints by consumers, who have been unable to fill up their vehicles to the advertised capacity of 17.1 gallons.” They claim that the automatic shut-off devices activate when they have added only 12-14 gallons to an empty tank.

Consumers can try to force more gas into the tank, but some then find that the gas spills out of the vehicle. The complaint alleges, “Even in those situations, the gas gauge … rarely reads full and the computed Distance to Empty (DTE) is usually well below the expected 615-mile range.”

The lower capacity of the tank is not the only problem, the complaint alleges; it poses safety concerns as well, because “discovery will show[] the fuel systems in Class vehicles are not properly vented, leading to increased emissions from the car, damaging the fuel system components due to higher internal pressure, and increasing the risk of fuel spilling out of the vehicle while [it is] being refueled.”

When customers complain, the complaint claims, Toyota first mentions different factors that can affect fuel efficiency and DTE. Eventually, however, Toyota admits that, while the vehicles have a 17.1 gallon fuel tank, only roughly 14.2 gallons of it are “usable.”

Despite this, the complaint alleges, Toyota has not provided any notice to owners and lessees, offered any repair, or stopped advertising the vehicle as having a 17.1-gallon fuel tank.

The complaint alleges that Toyota’s 2019 RAV4 hybrid has a similar problem with its advertised 14.5-gallon fuel tank. This is now the subject of a consolidated class action. In mid-2020, the complaint says, Toyota released a repair for RAV4s: a replacement fuel tank.

Even so, the complaint alleges, the fuel tank defect still exists in the fifth generation of Highlander Hybrids.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Toyota Highlander Hybrids Fuel Tank Capacity Complaint

June 11, 2021

The 2020-2021 Toyota Highlander hybrids have been advertised as having a 17.1-gallon fuel tank and great mileage that results in a range of around 615 miles on a single tank of gas. But the complaint for this class action alleges that drivers can only put 12-14 gallons in the tank, meaning that even a full tank does not offer a 600-mile-plus driving range. The complaint brings suit against three Toyota companies responsible for the vehicles.

Toyota Highlander Hybrids Fuel Tank Capacity Complaint

Case Event History

Toyota Highlander Hybrids Fuel Tank Capacity Complaint

June 11, 2021

The 2020-2021 Toyota Highlander hybrids have been advertised as having a 17.1-gallon fuel tank and great mileage that results in a range of around 615 miles on a single tank of gas. But the complaint for this class action alleges that drivers can only put 12-14 gallons in the tank, meaning that even a full tank does not offer a 600-mile-plus driving range. The complaint brings suit against three Toyota companies responsible for the vehicles.

Toyota Highlander Hybrids Fuel Tank Capacity Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, fuel tank