Toyota, Lexus 2018-2019 Vehicles Denso Fuel Pump Class Action

This class action brings suit against a number of Toyota companies. The complaint alleges that certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles, manufactured between August 2, 2018 and January 31, 2019, have defective Denso fuel pumps that can cause the vehicles to unexpectedly stall and cause the engine to shut down. After fuel pump failure, the vehicles will not start again.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all current and former owners and lessees of a 2018 to 2019 Toyota manufactured vehicle equipped with low-pressure fuel pumps with part number prefix 23220- or 23221- bought or leased in the US. There is also a New York Statewide Class for those who bought or leased their vehicles in New York.

The complaint describes the system this way: The fuel pump assembly is located in the fuel tank. The plastic impeller spins, creating negative pressure and drawing fuel into the pump and on to the fuel line. A high-pressure pump then accelerates the fuel to injectors mounted in the engine. However, in the Denso pump at issue, the impeller is defectively designed. 

The complaint claims that Toyota admitted in its Recall Report that the “fuel pumps contain an impeller that could deform due to excessive fuel absorption.” This is a problem, as the impeller is always exposed to the fuel. As the complaint puts it, the plastic of the impeller absorbs fuel and fails to “remain dimensionally stable under its intended conditions.” The impeller deformation may then “interfere with the fuel pump body” which can cause it to fail.

The driver of the vehicle has no advance warning when the fuel pump fails.

When the deformed impeller makes contact with the fuel pump body, the Recall Report says it may cause “illumination of check engine and master warning indicators, rough engine running, engine no start and/or vehicle stall…”

The defendants in this case include Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. 

According to the complaint, Toyota has issued a recall on over 695,000 vehicles, “but the same dangerous condition is present in all 2018 to 2019 Toyota manufactured vehicles equipped with low-pressure fuel pumps with part number prefix 23220- or 23221- … that gave rise to the Recall.”

The complaint claims that Toyota has “long known” about this defect but has continued to make and sell vehicles with this defect without warning consumers. Even worse, “[t]o date, Toyota has not identified a remedy for the Fuel Pump Defect, stating only that ‘[t]he final corrective repair action is still under study.’” According to the complaint, it does not even plan to notify all the owners and lessees of the vehicles until March 13, 2020.

The complaint alleges breaches of warranties and negligent recall/undertaking, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Toyota, Lexus 2018-2019 Vehicles Denso Fuel Pump Complaint

February 4, 2020

This class action brings suit against a number of Toyota companies. The complaint alleges that certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles, manufactured between August 2, 2018 and January 31, 2019, have defective Denso fuel pumps that can cause the vehicles to unexpectedly stall and cause the engine to shut down. After fuel pump failure, the vehicles will not start again.

toyota_fuel_pump_recall_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Toyota, Lexus 2018-2019 Vehicles Denso Fuel Pump Complaint

February 4, 2020

This class action brings suit against a number of Toyota companies. The complaint alleges that certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles, manufactured between August 2, 2018 and January 31, 2019, have defective Denso fuel pumps that can cause the vehicles to unexpectedly stall and cause the engine to shut down. After fuel pump failure, the vehicles will not start again.

toyota_fuel_pump_recall_complaint.pdf
Tags: Defective Automobile, Fuel Pumps