Toyota Says it Has a Fix for Stalling Issue, More Than a Year after Massive Recall
Nearly two years after Toyota began a recall for faulty fuel pumps in a variety of Toyota and Lexus models that eventually reached 3.3 million vehicles, the Japanese automaker says it has settled on a fix for the problem.
It was all the way back in January 2020 that Toyota first alerted federal regulators of the fuel pump defect. It said at the time that the problem could cause cars to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of an accident.
“This may result in a vehicle stall, and the vehicle may be unable to be restarted,” Toyota said in a notice to dealers. “If a vehicle stall occurs while driving at higher speeds, this could increase the risk of a crash.”
The total number of cars recalled ballooned over the following months as the company updated the recall several times.
Fortunately, Toyota recently told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a remedy is now available for all 13 phases of the recall. That includes a wide range of vehicles, such as certain Toyota Corolla, Sienna, Highlander, Camry and Land Cruisers, as well as a variety of Lexus models.
Toyota says it has notified the owners of recalled vehicles and asked them to bring their cars to a local dealership for a fix. The repairs can take as much as 3.5 hours, depending on the model, according to Toyota.
The company has declined to say whether it is aware of any accidents caused by the defect.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners with Defective Vehicles
The Toyota recall is an unfortunately common example of the significant safety risks that vehicle defects pose to everyone on the road.
Major auto manufacturers frequently recall large swaths of cars because of a wide range of malfunctions, including many that increase the likelihood of a crash. These recalls are often announced long after cars have been produced and sold to unsuspecting buyers.
The good news for car owners in California is that you do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective or malfunctioning vehicle fixed. The state’s lemon law requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also requires them to buy back - or, sometimes, replace - vehicles that the company cannot or will not fix.
How a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are a car owner who has been stuck with a lemon or is haggling with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can provide vital assistance.
Our firm has represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in L.A. and across the state. We help the people we represent fight back by holding manufacturers accountable for defective vehicles.