Japanese automaker Toyota is forced to recall more than three million vehicles worldwide over fuel pump flaws that could cause the engines to fail.
It has recently recalled 1.2 million line-ups of its namesake as well as Lexus models in the United States. The vehicles include cars, minivans, SUVs and trucks which have fuel pumps that can stop operating and eventually lead to car crash.
The company spokesperson said: “If this were to occur, warning lights and messages may be displayed on the instrument panel” but warned that “If a vehicle stall occurs while driving at higher speeds, this could increase the risk of a crash.”
According to Yahoo News, the world’s largest carmaker has expanded its recall and now covers 1.8 million vehicles in the United States and 3.2 million globally.
The vehicles that were initially recalled by Toyota 2018 and 2019 models like Camry, Highlander, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles, along with 2019 Avalon and Corolla sedans. It has also called back Lexus vehicles from the same years, including ES 350, GS 350, IS 300, IS 350, LC 500, LC 500h, LS 500, LS 500h, RC 300, RC 350 and RX 350L.
While the added models are 2013-2014 Model Year Lexus GS 350; 2013-2015 Model Year Lexus LS 460; 2014 Model Year Toyota FJ Cruiser, Lexus IS-F; 2014-2015 Model Year Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser; Lexus GX 460, IS 350, LX 570; 2015 Model Year Lexus NX 200t, RC 350; 2017 Model Year Lexus IS 200t, RC 200t; 2017-2019 Model Year Toyota Sienna; Lexus RX 350; and 2018 Model Year Lexus GS 300.
Owners of the said models should expect a notification from the company by May this year. Their vehicles’ faulty fuel pumps will then be replaced for free.
The expansion serves as another blow to Toyota’s reputation for quality and safety.
However, the multinational automotive manufacturer has clarified that this will not affect its sales forecast for 2020.
Toyota said it targets a ¥29.5 trillion net revenue, ¥2.5 trillion operating income and ¥2.35 trillion net income this year.