Wolf Haldenstein Files Class Action against Toyota for Defective Fuel Pumps in Toyota and Lexus Vehicles

Wolf Haldenstein filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Toyota Motor Corporation and its affiliates (“Toyota”) and Denso Corporation on behalf of a class of owners and lessees of an estimated 700,000 model year 2018-2019 Lexus and Toyota vehicles that were recalled due to a dangerous defect in the vehicles’ fuel pumps in Gendron v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al., Case No. 8:20-cv-00775 (C.D. Cal.).

As alleged in the complaint, the defective fuel pump presents an immediate risk of physical injury because it can cause a vehicle’s engine to hesitate, run roughly, stall or suffer engine shutdown while the vehicle is being driven. This may result in a crash causing injuries and even death. The plaintiffs allege Toyota’s recall is deficient because Toyota has no remedy for the defective fuel pumps, which it claims is “under study,” and because Toyota has not cautioned class members to stop driving the vehicles despite knowing of the dangers they pose. The Firm, on behalf of plaintiffs and the class of consumers, seeks to recover economic damages for Toyota’s deceptive business practices and injunctive relief to address Toyota’s knowing exposure of class members to a continuing dangerous condition.