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Toyota reaches $150 million settlement in US over fuel pump recall

A preliminary settlement was filed Wednesday evening in federal court in Brooklyn. It requires a judge’s approval.

The settlement covers owners and lessees of dozens of models of Toyota and Lexus vehicles manufactured in model years 2013 through 2020 and equipped with Denso low-pressure fuel pumps.

Drivers complain that faulty pumps cause vehicles to “rough out”, lose engine power, and stall especially at low speeds.

Toyota said the problems have been reported more often in the southern United States, where the weather is hot.

More than 5.8 million vehicles worldwide were recalled due to the defect in 2020 and 2021.

Under the deal, Toyota will extend the warranty on fuel pumps to 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and will offer drivers free loaner vehicles and towing options for repairs.

Drivers can request a refund for previous repairs, including loaner vehicles and towing services.

Defendant Toyota and Denso International America Inc. admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.

“We are pleased to have resolved this dispute to demonstrate our commitment to providing customers with the best ownership experience,” Toyota said in a statement.

Dee Miles, a partner at Beasley Allen law firm representing the plaintiffs, said the settlement was “completely satisfactory” to the directors.

“The settlement value is still under expert analysis, but based on preliminary analysis, we fully expect the settlement value to exceed $150 million,” he said in an email.

Law firms representing the plaintiffs may seek up to $28.5 million in legal fees upon reaching a settlement.

The case is Cheng et al v Toyota Motor Corp et al, US District Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 20-00629.

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