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Toyota Motors Philippines has recently updated the list of all Toyota models covered by the gasoline fuel pump recall. The problem is the plastic impeller in the pump which draws gasoline from the fuel tank is made from a low density plastic which can soften and deform over time after being subjected to years and miles of heat and pressure, leading to poor / sluggish engine performance, stalling while driving and even failure to operate / start-up, potentially leaving owners in a risky or dangerous situation or environment. 

The full list of affected cars and their production dates are below:

1.) Alphard – manufactured from September 4, 2017 to December 11, 2018

2.) Corolla Altis – manufactured from December 25, 2017 to December 26, 2018

3.) FJ Cruiser – manufactured from September 2, 2013 to June 3, 2015

4.) Innova – manufactured from January 1, 2017 to May 10, 2019  

5.) Land Cruiser Prado – manufactured from September 6, 2013 to March 2, 2015

This problem isn’t unique to Toyota however, as globally the problem has also plagued rivals Mitsubishi, Mazda and Honda. Fuel pump related problems number well into the millions across multiple brands worldwide. Key markets in the US, Japan, Canada and more have had their fair share of recalls and silent workshop campaigns over the last few years to rectify this mistake. 

Toyota Motors Philippines has contacted owners of the affected vehicles already to schedule replacement of the faulty gasoline fuel pumps, free of charge. With the 2.7 liter gasoline-engined (codenamed 2TR-FE) variants being dropped for the 2021 model line-up for the Fortuner, this shouldn’t be a problem for the new model. 

It is reassuring to know that the country’s number one leader in the automotive industry is taking a pro-active and transparent approach on this fuel pump issue. The recall has already been reported to the Department of Trade and Industry and Toyota Motors Philippines is working closely with the government agency to ensure that clients’ best interests are prioritized.

As the industry seeks further efficiencies, particularly to bring down production costs and improve economies of scale, we will potentially see similar problems in the near future as manufacturers and their suppliers push the envelope to deliver a product that provides the minimum required performance and life expectancy at the lowest possible cost. Let’s hope the industry understands this risk and sets in place systems and safeguards to protect the consumer’s best interests. 

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