The Yaris subcompact was previously Toyota’s cheapest model. But he was also his worst seller, so the automaker ditched him in the United States last year. And now, 31,000 Toyota Yaris models are being recalled for a potentially dangerous fuel pump issue.
The besieged Toyota Yaris
Toyota produced the Yaris for the US market from 2006 to 2020, offering the subcompact in hatchback and sedan body styles. It was Toyota’s smallest and cheapest car.
According to Consumer Reports, the Yaris gets excellent gas mileage and is easy to park, but that’s where the praise ends. CR also states that the Yaris has various comfort and performance issues, likely due to its inexpensive parts and finishes.
Sales of the Yaris had fallen sharply before his retirement, with sales down nearly 70% in 2020 from 2019, MotorTrend reports. Toyota sold about 22,000 Yaris models per year, which is a petty figure compared to the number of Corollas sold in just one month, MotorTrend added. Toyota initially ran a fun marketing campaign for the Yaris, but hasn’t invested much in its promotion since then.
Toyota Yaris Recalls Fuel Pump Problems
The Toyota Yaris recall involves faulty fuel pumps manufactured by Denso. These fuel pumps can develop cracks and suddenly stop working while the car is in motion. The malfunction causes the car to stop suddenly. Consumer Reports explains that the Yaris can make loud engine noises or other problems before the fuel pump stops, with some cars even displaying a “check engine” light.
The recall includes 31,000 Yaris hatchback sedans and sedans. Those affected include 2019 and 2020 sedans manufactured from October 2018 to February 2020 and 2020 sedans manufactured from August 2019 to January 2020, Kelley Blue Book reports.
Toyota is not sure which of the recalled Yaris models have faulty low-pressure fuel pumps. As such, authorized dealers will replace fuel pumps in all 31,000 models at no cost to owners.
In addition, dealers will help Yaris owners complete the appropriate paperwork for reimbursement if they have ever replaced fuel pumps themselves.
Toyota has already recalled more than 3 million vehicles for problematic fuel pumps, which were part of a batch of 2 million defective, notes Consumer Reports.
What to do if you need more information about the recall
There are several ways for owners to check if their Toyota Yaris is affected by the recall. They can call Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 for more information.
Owners can also enter the car’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website to check any open recalls, including the fuel pump recall. It is a good idea to check recalls periodically, as automakers can issue recalls throughout the life of the vehicle.
NHTSA has a vehicle safety hotline for suspected safety issues with vehicles or tires. If homeowners suspect a defect or have questions, they can call 1-888-327-4236.
The NHTSA campaign number for this Yaris recall is 21V617. Toyota also refers to its own recall numbers, which are 21TB05 and 21TA05.
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