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Toyota recalls 45,000 cars over crash risk: Is your car affected?

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Toyota Australia has issued a safety recall for 45,683 cars – including FJ Cruisers, Camrys, Corollas, Klugers, Hilux’, Landcruisers and Prados – over an issue with the fuel pump that could increase the likelihood of a car crash.

According to Toyota Australia, the compromised vehicles have a fuel pump that “may stop operating”, which can cause issues with the engine.

“This can result in a vehicle stall, and the vehicle may be unable to be restarted. If a vehicle stall occurs while driving at higher speeds, this could increase the risk of a crash,” the car brand said in a statement.

Affected vehicles were produced between September 2013 to June 2015 and September 2017 to July 2019 and were sold between 11 October 2013 and 3 April 2020.

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Recalled Toyota vehicles

These are the affected models:

(Source: Toyota Australia)

Klugers are most severely affected, with nearly 23,000 affected models, followed by the Hilux at 10,771 affected models.

Here’s a breakdown of the affected models:

  • Toyota Camry (GSV70)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    1 436 affected vehicles

  • Toyota Corolla (ZRE172)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    6 947 affected vehicles

  • Toyota FJ Cruiser (GSJ15)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    2 948 affected vehicles

  • Toyota Kluger (GSU50 and GSU55)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    22 982 affected vehicles

  • Toyota Hilux (TGN121)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    10 771 affected vehicles

  • Toyota Prado (GRJ150)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    483 affected vehicles

  • Toyota Land Cruiser (URJ202)

    Model Years 2013-2019

    116 affected vehicles

How to tell if your vehicle has this issue

There are some warning signs that could indicate your car is an affected model.

“Drivers may experience illumination of the check engine and master warning indicators on the instrument panel, the engine not running smoothly, the engine not starting and/or vehicle stall,” Toyota Australia stated.

All Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of affected models are listed on the Product Safety Australia website here.

What to do if your Toyota car has been recalled

Toyota is reaching out to affected customers in writing, so if your car is an affected model, you can expect a letter from them.

To amend the issue, Toyota is offering free fuel pump replacements with an “improved” one. However, replacement parts will not be available until June.

Once the replacement parts are made available, you’ll be contacted again to make an appointment to get a replacement.

If your vehicle has been affected, you should get in touch with your closest or preferred Toyota dealer.

In the meantime, you can also ring the Toyota Recall Campaign Helpline on 1800 987 366 between the hours of 8:30am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, and be ready to quote your VIN.

You can also find a local Toyota dealer here.

The fuel pump replacement is expected to take two to four hours, but the car brand has warned that more time should be given for the replacement.

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