In a significant development, Toyota China, along with its joint ventures FAW-Toyota and GAC-Toyota, has issued a recall for approximately 570,000 vehicles manufactured between 2018 and 2023. The recall is attributed to concerns over a potential defect in the high-pressure fuel pump, which could pose safety risks and emissions concerns.
The recall encompasses various models, including 350,021 Corolla units produced between August 2019 and July 2023, 157,458 Highlander models manufactured between October 2018 and January 2022, and 68,434 imported Lexus RX units produced between September 2018 and September 2022.
According to the official announcement, the internal components of the high-pressure fuel pump in the affected vehicles lack sufficient resistance to pressure. This deficiency may result in stress concentration-induced cracks in the fuel pump’s welding components. In extreme cases, this could lead to fuel leakage, posing a serious fire hazard, especially if the leaked fuel comes into contact with external ignition sources. Additionally, the potential for fuel seepage and evaporation raises concerns about emissions risks.
As a proactive measure to address these issues and ensure the safety of vehicle owners, Toyota and its joint ventures will conduct free inspections of the high-pressure fuel pumps on the affected cars. If any defects are identified, the vehicles will be equipped with upgraded high-pressure fuel pumps at no cost to the owners.
In light of the potential risks, Toyota has issued a precautionary advisory to owners of the affected models. Vehicle owners are urged to keep their cars away from potential sources of fire. If owners detect any signs of a fuel leak or notice a distinct smell of fuel, they are strongly advised to cease driving the vehicle immediately and contact their nearest Toyota dealer for further instructions and appropriate disposal measures.
This recall underscores Toyota’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of its customers. The company is working diligently to address the identified issues promptly and comprehensively, ensuring that affected vehicles are equipped with upgraded components to mitigate any potential risks associated with the fuel pump defect.
Owners of the affected models are encouraged to check the Toyota official website or contact their local dealerships for more information on the recall process, inspection schedules, and any necessary follow-up actions. Toyota China and its joint ventures remain dedicated to resolving this matter efficiently and transparently to uphold the brand’s reputation for quality and safety.
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