Toyota recalls Camry 2020 model, 45,000 others
•House of Reps new purchase at risk
Toyota has issued an urgent recall of 45,000 cars over fears that the vehicles could suddenly stop mid-way with some of Australia’s most popular models affected.
The recall notice applies to cars sold between October 2013 and April 2020. According to Toyota Australia, the compromised vehicles have a fuel pump that “may stop operating”, which can cause issues with the engine.
This period falls within the time the House of Representatives in Nigeria ordered 400 Toyota brand cars to help carry out their legislative business.
The car manufacturing company had to quickly recall 45000 various brands already sold promising to fix the sudden stop while on motion. Recall that the Femi Gbajabiamila House ordered 400 cars purchased at over $25,000 per unit.
A check on the website of Toyota revealed that each of the vehicles – depending on the variant has a price tag of between US$25,000 to the US $35,000, excluding the cost of shipping and customs duties, which is about 100 per cent of the actual cost of each unit.
For instance, those with a higher specification, which most often than not is the preferred choice of lawmakers could cost taxpayers a tidy sum. Vehicles in this range are: XLE at $29,455, XLE V6 at $34,580, XSE at $30,005 and XSE V6 at $35,130.
Already, about 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sports utility vehicles have already been delivered. They were received by the presiding officers as well as oand chairmen of select House committees.
The issue affects the Toyota Camry, the Corolla sedan, Kluger, and petrol-powered Toyota Hilux, Prado, and 200-series Landcruisers. The long-discontinued Toyota FJ Cruiser is also involved in the recall, and all cars affected were built over the period between 2013 and 2019.
The most affected model is the Toyota Kluger large SUV, with 22,982 vehicles from that nameplate now subject to the recall making it account for half of the entire recall campaign. The least affected is the 200-series Landcruiser, with just 116 vehicles involved in the recall.
Symptoms of the problem include the engine not running smoothly, the engine being unable to be restarted and the engine possibly stopping while driving. The issue stems from a manufacturing issue with the fuel pump located in the fuel tank, with the pump’s impeller possibly jamming inside the pump’s housing and stopping fuel flow.
Toyota says it will contact owners to book affected cars in for a free repair, though parts aren’t expected to become available to dealers until June this year. The company says vehicles are safe to drive for now, but if any symptoms of a fuel pump issue begin to present themselves owners should stop driving and get in contact with Toyota.
The fuel pump recall comes not long after another fuel-related recall for the Prado and Hiace – although that was for diesel-engined models – while the company continues to deal with fallout from the diesel particulate filter fault associated with its 2.8-litre turbo diesel vehicles.
The DPF problem (which sees the vehicle’s particulate filter clog up and cause large amounts of soot to exit the exhaust) has resulted in a class action lawsuit, while Toyota is also conducting a campaign to bring affected cars in for new engine control software and DPF regenerations.