A DENSO fuel pump recall has been expanded to include more than 1.5 million pumps adding to the 2 million fuel pumps the company recalled earlier in 2020. According to Car Complaints, the low-pressure fuel pump is located in the fuel tank and supplies fuel pressure to the fuel injection system. Inside the pump is an impeller that can crack, deform and cause the fuel pump to fail.
Details of the Recall
The latest DENSO fuel pump recall includes parts sold to several automakers including Ford, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota and Mitsubishi. As in the case of the original DENSO recall, the fuel pump impellers involved in the most recent recall were also affected by solvent drying that may have caused surface cracks on the impellers. This can allow the cracked impellers to absorb fuel deforming them and causing them to make contact with the fuel pumps.
If the fuel pump fails, a vehicle could stall at any speed. An owner may also notice illuminated check engine warning lights and a vehicle that won’t start. Following the recall in May, DENSO continued to investigate the fuel pumps that were manufactured in various periods.
The company, in particular, looked at impellers that contain resin, glass fiber and calcium carbonate, and found only resin is susceptible to swelling. DENSO determined a lower minimum surface strength than previously estimated could be possible. Each car manufacturer will determine which vehicles if any should be recalled. Last month, Toyota announced it would expand its fuel pump recall by an additional 1.57 million vehicles bringing the total of Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled to 3.34 million.
Auto Product Liability Issues
If you have been injured as the result of a vehicle defect, whether or not the vehicle is part of a recall, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims can file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
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