It seems like we’re always hearing about recalls these days. Whether it’s toy and furniture design flaws or listeria or E. coli in our food, safety recalls are a pretty common scenario in the U.S.
Part of the reason for the steady stream of recalls is technology and safety guidelines are always improving. We have better ways of identifying problematic products than we did before — and we have more thorough ways of identifying people who may be affected. This vehicle recall app is just one of the new tools you can use to get recall alerts.
If you’re a driver, you’ve probably gotten at least a few recall notices in the mail over the years. Most of these issues are minor — a faulty switch or a troublesome software problem can trigger a widespread recall of a vehicle. But so can more pressing issues — which is happening right now with over 3 million vehicles.
Millions of vehicles at risk
Do you drive a Toyota or Lexus? You need to take note of an expanded recall that’s affecting millions of these vehicles or you could end up in a serious situation. This recall was initially issued back in January but was just expanded by 1.5 million more cars, trucks and SUVs — now affects 3.34 million Toyota and Lexus models in total.
Here are the details. This current recall was prompted due to a potential issue with the fuel pump used in dozens of vehicle models released by Toyota and Lexus.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents about the recall, fuel pumps could stop working and cause vehicles to stall or hesitate while driving. That could cause a number of serious safety hazards for drivers.
If the fuel pump is failing, you may notice a couple of indicators including unusual noise and vibration from the engine. Warning lights may also appear on the dashboard.
And, if the engine stalls, it might not restart, creating a crash hazard — especially if it happens while your car is in motion on the road. It’s unclear whether or not the fuel pump issue has caused any crashes or injuries at this point.
This recall affects different Toyota and Lexus models, including some hybrids that use the fuel pump. While most of Toyota’s hybrids have a fail-safe mode that lets them be driven for short distances after a fuel pump failure, models that are affected by this recall do not.
It’s really important to get your vehicle repaired if it’s part of this recall. You don’t want to risk a crash or safety issue while on the road, and Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the faulty fuel pumps on the affected vehicles for free. Make sure you prioritize this repair if your vehicle is on the recall list.
Which vehicles are being recalled?
Speaking of vehicles on the recall list, as we mentioned, there are a lot. The recall includes the following vehicles:
- 2013-2015 Lexus LS 460 SUVs
- 2013-2015 Lexus GS 350 sedans
- 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs and Lexus ISF sedans
- 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus GX 460, and Lexus LX 570 SUVs
- 2014-2015 Lexus IS 350 sedans
- 2015 Lexus NX 200t SUVs and RC 350 coupes
- 2017 Lexus IS 200t and GS200t sedans, and RC 200t coupes
- 2017-2019 Toyota Highlander SUVs and Lexus GS 350 sedans
- 2017-2020 Toyota Sienna minivans and Lexus RX 350 SUVs
- 2017-2020 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks
- 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus GX460, Lexus LX 570, and Lexus NX 300 SUVs
- 2018-2019 Lexus GS 300, IS 300, IS 350, and LS 500h sedans, and RC 300 and RC 350 coupes
- 2018-2020 Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Lexus ES350, and Lexus LS500 sedans, and Lexus LC500 and Lexus LC500h coupes
- 2018-2020 Toyota Sequoia and Lexus RX 350L SUVs, and Toyota Tundra pickup trucks
- 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchbacks and Lexus UX 200 SUVs
- 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 SUVs
You can find out more information on this recall and check to see if your vehicle is on the list by visiting the NHTSA website and entering your vehicle’s VIN number. If your vehicle is affected, you’ll also find information on the NHTSA website about the next steps to take.
You can also find out whether your vehicle is affected by looking into the recall campaign number. While the NHTSA has not yet released an updated number for the expanded campaign, the previous campaign number is 20V12. You may be able to find more information by using that campaign number.