Toyota Indus Issues a Second Fuel Pump RECALL
By now, we all know that every car company recalls their cars every now and then to fix specific issues under what an automotive recall. This means that any part of the vehicle could remain sub-standard at the production time, causing issues to the end-users. And recently Toyota Indus has issues another one due to its fuel pumps.
Sometimes recalls are associated with the electronic module, which needs a software update. Some recalls are minor and do not pose any danger to the car owners immediately, but some genuinely need immediate action and known as “Safety Recall” like in case of famous Takata defective Airbags or the recall we are going to talk about in this article.
Fuel Pump Issue:
Fuel Pump supplies the fuel from the fuel tank to the engine through high pressure to the engine’s injector. There is a global recall on this part, and the issue is with the low-pressure fuel pump, which is installed in the fuel tank and generally known as “LPFP.” The piece under recall is made by Denso and used by various car companies like Toyota/ Lexus, Honda / Acura, Mazda, Ford. The LPFP has been recalled in different regions of the world, affecting a long list of models.
The fuel pump has an impeller that is faulty and can cause loss of power. Eventually, the pump stops working and does not feed the fuel line, and the vehicle can stop without any notice. In some cases, the car will not even start because the engine is not receiving fuel. The pump can also stop working even when the vehicle is in motion, and engine can stall, and there is a risk of a crash.
According to the manufacturer, the problem of LPFP is due to a manufacturing defect. “The impellers were exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods, potentially resulting in surface cracking,” he said.
He also stated that the moulding conditions are inadequate in the impeller (resin impeller) of the low-pressure fuel pump, so the resin density becomes low, and the resin may swell and deform. “As a result, the impeller comes into contact with the pump cover/ housing, causing the fuel pump to malfunction, and in the worst case, the engine may stall during the driving,” he explained.
Toyota Indus imports fuel pumps and the defective parts were also installed on locally assembled vehicles. As it’s a global recall, specific CBU models are also affected. Toyota Indus was receiving multiple complaints about the failure of the fuel pump as well. Toyota Indus has already started a service campaign that includes sending text messages to owners and print media advertisements.
It is pertinent to note that Toyota Indus did a same recall last year for the same problem of the fuel pump, although now as per new service campaign the model lineup and the model year has been extended to the wider bracket. Additionally, we would like to remind you that last month Toyota Indus also issued a recall for the faulty brake booster assembly of certain Hilux & Fortuner models.
Recalled Models “Fuel Pump”:
If you are the following vehicle’s owner as per service campaign announcement, please contact your local Toyota dealer and get the part replaced. As this is a recall, the part will be replaced free of cost, regardless of your vehicle’s warranty status. If your car is one on the list, you MUST get the pump replaced even if you are not facing any issues. You can get stranded anywhere on the road as the pump stops working without any notice.
Additionally, I am sure there might be owners with vehicles on the list and who already paid and fixed the pump before the launch of this recall campaign. I personally believe that TOYOTA INDUS must refund you the amount you paid because it was a defective part from the factory that is now being recalled provided you have proof of work performed.
Share you experience with us, if you faced any issue regarding fuel pump of your car OR if you paid for the replacement pump which company is now recalling.