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Toyota is adding 1.5 million U.S. vehicles to recalls from early this year to fix fuel pumps that could fail and cause engines to stall. According to a news report, the company says the latest recall brings the total to 5.8 million Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles that need to be repaired globally.
Details of the Recall
Toyota said in a statement that the fuel pumps in these recalled vehicles could suddenly stop operating, which could lead to vehicle stalling. Drivers may not be able to restart their vehicles. If the stall happens at high speeds, the risk of a crash could increase. Toyota would not say if the problem has resulted in any car accidents or injuries. When the recall begins, Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the fuel pumps at no cost to customers. Toyota began recalling the vehicles in January with about 700,000 and then added 1.2 million in March.
The company said that it did not recall all the vehicles at once because it was monitoring data and investigating to see if vehicles that were outside the scope of the original recalls would experience the same problem. The additions announced recently cover a number of vehicle models including the 2019 and 2020 RAV4, which are the top-selling vehicles in the United States that aren’t pickup trucks.
Why is Vehicle Stalling Dangerous?
When a vehicle stops without warning when the driver is operating it, the consequences can be devastating. Such stalling could in itself result in a crash. The occupants of the stalling vehicle also risk serious injury or death if they are struck by other vehicles that are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Often times, when vehicles are stalled in the middle of the roadway, they are also at risk of getting hit by impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle or a faulty auto part, please remember that you have legal rights. Injured victims of defective autos can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses by filing an auto product liability claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle and/or the part. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. A knowledgeable auto defect attorney will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.