Mazda, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi recall cars for fuel pump issue

By Thuy Tien   May 21, 2021 | 05:00 am PT
Mazda, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi recall cars for fuel pump issue
A Mazda CX-8 in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of Thaco Mazda.
Mazda, Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi have recalled thousands of cars to resolve a fuel pump malfunction.

Thaco Mazda has recalled 61,517 cars it assembled locally and were imported. Over 3,300 of them are Mazda 2 vehicles imported from Thailand between June 2018 and August 2019.

Around 36,280 of them are Mazda 2, 3, 6, and CX-5 assembled in the country between October 2017 and December 2018 and Mazda 3, 6, CX-5, and CX-8 assembled in 2019.

The recall began on May 17 and will be valid until the end of 2025.

Earlier Honda recalled 27,640 vehicles from May 5, again both locally assembled and imported.

The affected models are City, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Jazz, and Accord made in 2019, more than 69 two-thirds made in Vietnam and the rest imported from Thailand.

Toyota announced it would recall 29,513 sedan and multi-purpose vehicles from . Seventy percent are Innova, with the rest being the Camry and Corolla, all assembled in Vietnam between January 2017 and April 2019.

According to the Vietnam Register, a low-pressure fuel pump inside fuel tanks contains low-density impellers. Over time their surface could crack, leading to excessive fuel absorption and impeller deformation, stalling the or engine preventing it from starting.

Car owners can take their vehicles to the nearest dealer for free fuel pump replacement.

Mitsubishi Vietnam recalled 90 Outlanders between May and July 2019 due to a similar fuel pump issue. It also recalled 218 units owing to faulty parking brake. The affected models are Outlander and Outlander Sport imported from Indonesia and assembled in 2016.

The anti-rust coating on the parking brake shaft may not work correctly and allow for rust to form, which could result in the brake becoming stuck or failing to engage, causing accidents.

It announced to recall another three Pajero manufactured during 1995-1999 and one Colt manufactured in 1998, all imported from Japan, due to airbag faults. The front passenger airbags in these vehicles are produced by Japanese auto parts producer Takata Corporation, which may fail to inflate in the event of a crash.

No mishaps have been reported so far due to the three technical faults in Vietnam. The replacement of fuel pumps, brakes and airbags is expected to take 1-1.5 hour, free of charge. The recall will have a validity of two years starting from May 24.

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