By Eileen Mencias
This is an expansion of an earlier fuel pump recall involving ovwr 10,000 units of the FJ Cruiser, Corolla, Innova, Alphard, Fortuner, and the Prado that were produced from September 2013 to December 2018.
In a letter to the Department of Trade and Industry, TMPC first vice president Rommel Gutierrez said 18,245 units of the Avanza and 16,484 units of the Rush are being recalled.
Covered by the recall were Avanza units produced from October 2018 to July 2019 and Rush units manufactured from April 2018 to July 2019.
Gutierrez said the low pressure fuel pump may have parts that are prone to cracking and render the fuel pump inoperative.
When this happens, the warning indicators may light up, the engine might not start or when it does, it wouldn’t be smooth. The vehicle may also stall even when driving at low speed and, in rare instance, it can stall at higher speeds and may crash, he said.
The fuel pump is located in the fuel tank and it supplies pressure to the fuel injection system.
Gutierrez said TMPC has notified the owners of the vehicles and have asked them to bring in their units to their dealers for the service at no cost.