Toyota, Lexus Defective Low-Pressure Fuel Pump Class Action

According to the complaint for this class action, certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles have a defective low-pressure fuel pump that can lead to a stall and engine shutdown—a defect the complaint says Toyota knew about although it did not warn purchasers and lessees of the vehicles. The complaint brings suit against a group of related Toyota companies, including Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

The Nationwide Class is all current and former owners or lessees of a 2018-2019 Toyota-manufactured vehicles equipped with a low-pressure fuel pump with part number prefix 23220- or 23221- that was bought or leased in the US. There is also a Statewide Class for those who bought or leased their vehicles in Pennsylvania.

Toyota finally recalled around 700,000 vehicles on January 13, 2020, with the submission of a safety recall report to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recalled vehicles all had defective low-pressure Denso fuel pumps.

The complaint quotes the recall report as saying, “These fuel pumps contain an impeller that could deform due to excessive fuel absorption… If impeller deformation occurs, the impeller may interfere with the fuel pump body, and this could result in illumination of check engine and master warning indicators, rough engine running, engine no start and/or vehicle stall…”

The recall covers a little less than 700,000 vehicles, but the complaint alleges that the problem is wider, including “all 2018-2019 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, while Toyota markets the vehicles as safe, it has long known about the defect but has not warned would-be purchasers or lessees. The complaint alleges, “As proof of its knowledge, Toyota Identified in its Defect Information Report ’66 Toyota Field Technical Reports and 2,571 warranty claims’ associated with the defect.”

According to the complaint, even now Toyota does not have a final fix for the problem, saying only, “The final corrective repair action is still under study.”

The complaint says that, oddly, Toyota stated in the report that it would not notify owners and lessees of the defect until March 13, 2020, two months after the submission of the report. And despite the need for a recall, the complaint says, Toyota has not recommended that owners and lessees stop driving the vehicles until the defect can be fixed. It alleges that the company should have offered drivers loaner vehicles until then.

The fact that there is no real fix for the defect has also lowered the intrinsic and resale value of the vehicle, the complaint says: “A vehicle that can suddenly stall and lose power during normal operating conditions is inherently unsafe…”

The complaint alleges violations of state consumer protection laws, breaches of warranties, and unjust enrichment.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Toyota, Lexus Defective Low-Pressure Fuel Pump Complaint

April 10, 2020

According to the complaint for this class action, certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles have a defective low-pressure fuel pump that can lead to a stall and engine shutdown—a defect the complaint says Toyota knew about although it did not warn purchasers and lessees of the vehicles. The complaint brings suit against a group of related Toyota companies, including Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Toyota, Lexus Defective Low-Pressure Fuel Pump Complaint

Case Event History

Toyota, Lexus Defective Low-Pressure Fuel Pump Complaint

April 10, 2020

According to the complaint for this class action, certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles have a defective low-pressure fuel pump that can lead to a stall and engine shutdown—a defect the complaint says Toyota knew about although it did not warn purchasers and lessees of the vehicles. The complaint brings suit against a group of related Toyota companies, including Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Toyota, Lexus Defective Low-Pressure Fuel Pump Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Fuel Pumps