A recall has been issued for nearly 700,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, which may experience problems where the fuel pump stops working unexpectedly, potentially increasing the risk of an accident if the issue occurs while the vehicle is in motion.
The manufacturer announced a Toyota and Lexus recall on January 13, after determining a defect in the fuel pump may cause the engine to stall without any advanced notice, and may fail to restart.
The recall impacts approximately 696,000 model year 2018 and 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460 and RX 350 models, as well as certain 2018 and 2019 Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, and Tundra models. Some 2019 models of the Avalon and Corolla are also affected.
According to the manufacturer, owners are being warned that a fuel pump failure that results in an engine stall could result in loss of vehicle control and poses a crash hazard. The warning also indicates the vehicles may fail to restart after a stall event.
Toyota is advising customers to be alert for warning lights and messages that may be displayed on the dashboard instrument panel or the engine running rough, or abnormal, as these could be indicators the fuel pump is experiencing the defect.
The Japanese automaker is continuing to investigate the fuel pump failure and will be working to develop a remedy.
According to the press release, owners of affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail in mid-March 2020 with information on how to schedule a repair appointment at their local dealer.
Customers with additional questions are encouraged to contact Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1-800-255-3987.