Toyota, Lexus Payments Required Despite Recall Class Action

If your vehicle is recalled, you expect it to be fixed. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that when Toyota recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles for defective Denso fuel pumps, it did not have a fix for the problem. Plaintiff Tina Feng claims that the loaner she was given, a Kia, was not in the same class as her leased 2019 Lexus RC 350. This class action brings suit against 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 Class Vehicle that was bought or leased in the US. There is also a California Class for vehicles bought or leased in California.

What was wrong with Feng’s Lexus? In its Recall Report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota cited a problem with the low-pressure fuel pump which can cause vehicles “to unexpectedly stall and cause the engine to shut down…” Specifically, “[t]hese fuel pumps contain an impeller that could deform due to excessive fu[el] absorption… [i]f 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 complaint alleges that, while the recall covers nearly 700,000 vehicles, the same defect exists in vehicles not covered by the recall as well— “all 2018-2019 Toyota manufactured vehicles equipped with low-pressure fuel pumps with part number prefix 23220- or 23221- …”

The complaint argues that the recall shows that the presence of the fuel pump defect “presents an immediate risk of physical injury” when the vehicles are in use in an ordinary manner, and that Toyota has known this for a long time while still marketing the vehicles as safe and dependable.

Unfortunately, without a fix, the vehicles have lost substantial value because they cannot be driven safely.

However, those like Feng are required to continue making the same payments on their purchase and lease agreements. Feng is thus left making payments on a Lexus for the full term of her lease while she drives a Kia, which is considered a lesser vehicle.

She was offered one other option: While her vehicle was inoperable, she could stop making payments on its lease by making a separate $100 payment per month. Doing this would extend her lease by the number of months she avoided paying the full amount, but she would be paying extra for a vehicle that was unsafe and not fit to drive.

The complaint alleges that owners and lessors have overpaid for their vehicles and that Toyota has breached its warranties, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Toyota, Lexus Payments Required Despite Recall Complaint

March 20, 2020

If your vehicle is recalled, you expect it to be fixed. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that when Toyota recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles for defective Denso fuel pumps, it did not have a fix for the problem. Plaintiff Tina Feng claims that the loaner she was given, a Kia, was not in the same class as her leased 2019 Lexus RC 350. This class action brings suit against Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Toyota, Lexus Payments Required Despite Recall Complaint

Case Event History

Toyota, Lexus Payments Required Despite Recall Complaint

March 20, 2020

If your vehicle is recalled, you expect it to be fixed. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that when Toyota recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles for defective Denso fuel pumps, it did not have a fix for the problem. Plaintiff Tina Feng claims that the loaner she was given, a Kia, was not in the same class as her leased 2019 Lexus RC 350. This class action brings suit against Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Toyota, Lexus Payments Required Despite Recall Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Fuel Pumps