Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) finished 2020 as the country’s best-selling car brand yet again. It had a 40.7 percent market share in the local automotive industry that allowed them to dominate the 10 best-selling cars in the Philippine market in 2020. However, TMP is facing some problems when it comes to the fuel pumps installed in some of its vehicles.
Last October 2020, we reported that TMP is recalling a total of six models that are affected by the global fuel pump recall. The affected vehicles include the Fortuner, Innova, Corolla Altis, FJ Cruise, Alphard, and Land Cruiser Prado. The initial report by TMP stated that the combined number of affected units is 7,990.
Now, a report published by Carguide.ph states that TMP is expanding its fuel pump recall by adding 2,786 units, which means that the number of affected vehicles is now at 10,776 units. The affected units are still the same models from TMP’s initial announcement. Check the production dates of the affected Toyota vehicle below.
Toyota PH's expanded fuel pump recall
The cause of the recall is the defective fuel pump supplied by Denso. It has been determined that the faulty fuel pump’s plastic impellers have a low molecular density causing the pump to fail prematurely. This leads to engine stalling, loss of power at low speeds, and failure to start.
In line with this, Mazda Philippines has also recalled some of its vehicles last October 2020 due to the same issue. Mazda PH recalled 1,838 units that were manufactured from 2017 to 2019. It includes vehicles such as the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, MX-5, CX-5, and CX-9.
Included in the recall list are Mazda3 (BN) units made from 2017 to 2019
In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 2 million vehicles are affected by the faulty fuel pumps manufactured by Denso International America, Inc. According to the NHTSA, the impeller in some of Denso’s low-pressure fuel pump “may crack and deform, potentially causing the fuel pump to fail.”
Denso, on the other hand, said that the defective fuel pumps were sold to a number of vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Magnuson Products.
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