Recently, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched the 2021 Fortuner. During the said event, it was confirmed that the company is recalling Fortuner SUVs manufactured between November 2017 to September 2018. To be more specific, the Fortuners affected by the recall are those equipped with the 2.7-liter 2TR-FE gasoline engine.
According to Rainnier Gregorio, the First Vice-President for Customer Service Operations, owners were already informed of this recall. This recall however, isn’t exclusive to the Philippines nor is the issue isolated to Toyota alone.
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In fact, this recall covers a whopping 3.2 million cars worldwide. It also affects several Mitsubishi, Maruti-Suzuki, Acura, Perodua, Honda, and several other models from several manufacturers. Currently, a recall is active in North America, Malaysia, Canada, and many other countries.
Being stranded in far flung areas is not a fun experience
The culprit is a fuel pump, which has been found out to have weak plastic impellers. Even on normal operation, there’s a possibility that the said pump can prematurely fail. A damaged fuel pump can lead to engine stalls, which in turn might result in stranding you in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of the street.
If that doesn’t happen, the defective fuel pump can also cause loss of power while driving at low speeds – something you don’t want while climbing a hill or when dealing with rough terrain.
TMP also clarified that the 2021 Toyota Fortuner isn’t affected by the recall. The recall after all, only involves gasoline-powered Fortuner variants which have been dropped for the 2021 version of the Toyota made midsize SUV. In addition, Fortuner variants using the 2.4-liter and 2.8-liter turbodiesel engines, regardless of model year, are unaffected.
The 2021 Toyota Fortuner does not have a gasoline variant, so it's unaffected by the recall
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Know more about Toyota Fortuner 2021
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the best-selling midsize SUVs in the Philippines. This midsize SUV has been driven on the country’s highways since the early 2000s. It became a household name because of its rugged platform, strong brand support, and tested durability. The second-generation Toyota Fortuner has topped the sales chart consistently, not only in the midsize SUV segment but also for the entire automotive industry in the country. And in 2020, Toyota Motor Philippines launched the new Fortuner facelifted which showcases a more aggressive SUV appeal. It still shares the same Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform as the Hilux and Innova. The new model is offering a wide array of variants to market to various car consumers. These variants include the base G, V, Q, and top-of-the-line LTD variant which comes with a more distinct styling. The sky's the limit for Toyota's entry to the local midsize SUV segment as it remains to be a top choice among Filipino car buyers when considering a reliable, rugged, and family 7-seater vehicle. As for pricing, the G variant with a 4x2 drivetrain and manual transmission starts at Php 1,633,000 and goes up to the new LTD variant with a 4x4 drivetrain and automatic transmission (excluding the White Pearl body paint option).
Cesar G.B. Miguel