Toyota recently announced that it is adding 1.2 million vehicles to a major recall due to possible fuel pump failures. In January, Toyota announced that they would recall nearly 700,000 U.S. vehicles due to defective fuel pumps. At that time, Toyota told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator that they were aware of 66 field reports and 2,571 warranty claims related to fuel pump failures in the vehicles that were initially called. The addition of more vehicles brings the total recall to 1.8 million U.S. vehicles. In total, Toyota has recalled 3.2 million vehicles worldwide to address the issue. The recall came after Toyota launched an investigation in June 2019 into potential fuel pump issues.
According to the manufacturer, vehicles equipped with a certain fuel pump may stop operating and lead to stalling of the engine. Engine stalling can increase the risk of a crash, although Toyota representatives declined to comment on whether any crashes have been reported. Vehicle owners have lodged complaints including rough engine running, difficulty starting engines, and loss of power while driving at low speeds. Toyota reported that these complaints were more common in areas of the southern United States with warmer climates. The recall covers trucks, SUVs, minivans, and cars across Toyota and Lexus brands. Toyota says that vehicle owners that were not affected by the January recall will be notified in early May about when to make a service appointment so a dealer can replace the fuel pump.