Toyota Fuel Pump Lawsuit

Hundreds of thousands of Toyota cars may have faulty fuel pumps and risk of fuel pump failure. In January 2020, the Japanese automaker recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles—manufactured between August 2018 and January 2019—due to the defective low-pressure Denso fuel pump. However, more vehicles may suffer from this defect. Toyota is already facing lawsuits claiming that all vehicles it manufactured between 2018 and 2019 are vulnerable to fuel pump failure. Drivers who purchased any Toyota-made vehicle from that time period may be eligible for compensation.

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Toyota lawsuits

Recent lawsuits against Toyota allege that the carmaker knowingly sold vehicles with defective fuel pumps. The fuel pump defect endangers drivers, passengers, and everyone in the vicinity of an affected vehicle when it is in motion. In addition to the risk of injury it poses, cars with defective fuel pumps are less valuable than what buyers were promised and what they would reasonably expect from any new car. Lawsuits currently filed against Toyota ask the automaker to pay damages and to offer other restitution, including compensation for overpayment and repairing the affected cars. In June 2020, consumers in some of those lawsuits asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate their suits into a single proceeding, known as an MDL.

What is the Toyota lawsuit about?

The Denso fuel pump failure is due to defective design: the plastic impeller, which spins and generates negative pressure, pulls fuel from the gas tank through the fuel lines and fuel filter before being delivered to the engine’s fuel injectors. The defective Denso fuel pumps use a type of plastic for the impeller that absorbs fuel and warps, rendering it inoperable and potentially causing damage to other parts of the engine. When fuel pumps fail, it can cause vehicles to stall, sputter, and even shutdown the engine while driving.

Toyota’s 2020 Recall Report states:

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 faulty fuel pumps have prompted several automakers to recall their vehicles, including Honda and Subaru. Auto parts manufacturer Denso recalled more than2 million defective units in April 2016. Plaintiffs allege that Denso knew the fuel pumps were defective as early as 2016. When first released, the Recall Report applied to nearly 700,000 vehicles. The automaker has since amended the report to include nearly2 million.

What vehicles are affected?

Though Toyota has already recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles due to the known Denso fuel pump defects, more models may be affected. Recent lawsuits allege that the faulty Denso fuel pump is present in all the cars that Toyota manufactured between 2018-2019. Affected vehicles are allegedly equipped with fuel pumps whose part number begins with 23220- or 23221-.

Is there a Toyota recall?

Toyota issued a recalled for nearly 700,000 vehicles in January 2020. The models include:

  • 2018-2019 Lexus LS 500
  • 2018-2019 Lexus LC 500
  • 2018-2019 Lexus RC 350
  • 2018-2019 Lexus RC 300
  • 2018-2019 Lexus GS 350
  • 2018-2019 Lexus IS 300
  • 2018-2019 Lexus ES 350
  • 2018-2019 Lexus LX 570
  • 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460
  • 2018-2019 Lexus RX 350
  • 2019 Lexus NX 300
  • 2019 Lexus RX 350L
  • 2019 Lexus GS 300
  • 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Camry
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Highlander
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Sienna
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Tacoma
  • 2018-2019 Toyota Tundra
  • 2019 Toyota Avalon
  • 2019 Toyota Corolla

Am I eligible to file a Toyota lawsuit?

Seeger Weiss is evaluating cases now. If you’ve experienced fuel pump failure in your 2018-2019 Toyota vehicle, contact us now. (Email, phone, and chat are available 24/7.)  Seeger Weiss LLP has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and represents clients all over the United States.

Protecting drivers

If you have been injured or defrauded by an automaker, you may be eligible for compensation. For victims of corporate fraud, abuse, or malfeasance, legal action can offer both a remedy and a way to hold wrongdoers to account. Seeger Weiss LLP has represented thousands of people fighting against corporate wrongdoing for more than two decades.

It negotiated on behalf of car owners in the world’s largest consumer auto industry class-action settlement in history: over $21 billion from Volkswagen after the automaker equipped “clean diesel” cars with devices to cheat emissions standards tests. Seeger Weiss currently represents thousands of drivers in active litigation against carmakers GM, BMW, Mercedes, and Subaru, among others. The firm is investigating similar fuel pump failures in Subaru and Honda vehicles.



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