Toyota is expanding a previously announced recall caused by a faulty fuel pump to now include a total of 1.8 million vehicles.
The original recall issued in January covered several models from the 2018 and 2019 model years. But the updated list of affected vehicles now covers others from the 2014 model year.
The list includes the 2018-2019 Camry, Highlander, Sequoia, Tacoma, and Tundra; 2017-2019 Sienna; 2014-2015 4Runner and Land Cruiser; 2018 Avalon and Corolla; and 2014 FJ Cruiser.
It also affects Lexus models including the 2018-2019 LS 500, LC 500, RC 350 and RC 300, GS 300, IS 300, ES 350, IS 350, LC 500h, and LS 500h; 2018 -2019 and 2013-2014 GS 350; 2017-2019 RX 350; 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350, and LX 570; 2013-2015 LS 460; as well as the 2019 RX 350L, 2017 RC 200T, 2015 NX 200T, 2015 RC 350, and the 2014 IS F.
Toyota clarified that if any of the newer models from the 2018-2019 model years remain in stock across the United States, customers will not be able to take the car until Toyota and its dealers complete the recall process.
Owners of vehicles affected by the recall are told they might notice the engine beginning to run roughly and could stall, as the fuel pump fails due to low pressure. According to Toyota, when the vehicle stalls, there is a chance it may not come back to life. This increases the risk of a crash or injury.
To fix the problem, both Toyota and Lexus dealers are instructed to replace the fuel pump with an improved unit at no cost to customers. The automaker is also offering a reimbursement program for owners of older vehicles who may have had the part replaced prior to the recall announcement.
Customers whose vehicles were only just added to the expanded list may expect to receive recall notifications through the mail starting March 13.