Mazda Faces Class Action Over Vehicles Equipped with Allegedly Defective Fuel Pump
According to a proposed class action, certain Mazda vehicles were fitted with defective fuel pumps, which could cause the engine to stop, shut down, or fail to start, posing a significant risk of injury or, worst, death to the occupants of the vehicle.
Townsend Vance et al. v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., et al.
Lawsuit Following a Recall
According to the complaint, the vehicles have a Denso Corporation low-pressure fuel pump that has a history of failing when one of its critical parts deforms over time. Moreover, Denso made an initial recall of the fuel pumps in April 2020, advising that an inoperative fuel pump might cause a vehicle to stop and, in some cases, increase the risk of a crash.
While being aware of the April 2020 recall and a series of consumer complaints concerning its vehicles’ fuel pumps, Mazda allegedly waited until November 2021 to recall certain vehicles manufactured between April 2018 and January 2020 with a defective Denso fuel pump. However, the lawsuit claims that the recall did not include Mazdas equipped with identical defective parts from the 2013–2020 model years.
According to the lawsuit, the November 2021 recall was insufficient for a variety of reasons, including the fact that some affected vehicles were not included. In addition, the recall failed to provide an effective remedy; drivers were not warned of the dangers posed by the defective fuel pumps or instructed to stop driving their vehicles. Moreover, Mazda failed to offer free loaner vehicles until the proper repairs could be made.
The Mazda Defective Fuel Pumps Class Action Lawsuit contends that the defendants — Mazda Motor of America, Inc.; Mazda Motor Corporation; Denso Corporation; and Denso International America, Inc. — misled customers by marketing their products as safe and dependable while concealing the existence of a dangerous safety defect.
As a result, the complaint alleges that at least hundreds of thousands of Mazda customers in the U.S. are driving vehicles that pose a severe safety risk.
Denso initially recalled some low-pressure fuel pumps on April 27, 2020. According to the complaint, the fuel pumps were manufactured from September 1, 2017, to October 6, 2018, and may have been fitted in up to 2,020,000 vehicles from several manufacturers.
Moreover, the affected fuel pumps come with a defective impeller which may deform under certain conditions, rendering the fuel pump inoperable.
Further, Denso expanded its recall in June 2020 then again in November 2020, nearly doubling the number of affected fuel pumps at that point. Mazda, for its part, released a foreign recall campaign report in July 2020, saying that it had recalled some vehicles in China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Mexico due to defective fuel pumps, the Mazda Defective Fuel Pumps Class Action Lawsuit notes.
Mazda finally recalled certain vehicles in the United States in November 2021, including:
- 2019 CX-3
- 2018-2019 CX5
- 2018-2019 CX-9
- 2019-2020 Mazda2
- 2018 Mazda3
- 2018 Mazda6, and
- 2018-2019 MX-5
However, the recall failed to include other 2013-2020 vehicles with the same faulty Denso low-pressure fuel pump with the suffix 13350. The case notes that another manufacturer’s recall covers 2013-2019 automobiles equipped with the identical Denso fuel pump.
Mazda is being sued for failing to notify drivers of a defect in their vehicles’ fuel pumps despite knowing about it as early as March 2019. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that Mazda acknowledged the defect posed substantial safety risks, including the possibility of a collision, but failed to advise drivers to stop driving their cars until they were repaired. Also, the complaint alleges that drivers were not provided free loaner vehicles until the issue was repaired.
The argument continues by claiming that Mazda’s repairs, which are similar to that of three other manufacturers, are insufficient because technicians are told to replace just the fuel pump motor rather than the entire fuel pump. According to the suit, the procedure is complicated and could damage the entire fuel pump.
Regardless of whether a solution for the fuel pump defect is available, the value of affected vehicles has dropped as a result of the recalls, resulting in a financial burden for owners and lessees.
The Mazda Defective Fuel Pumps Class Action Lawsuit seeks to represent current and former owners or lessees of a class vehicle that was acquired or leased in the United States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and all other United States territories and possessions.
Separate classes have also been proposed for those who purchased or leased their Mazda automobiles in Alabama or California.
Editor’s Note on Mazda Defective Fuel Pumps Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit filed against Mazda Motors over allegedly manufacturing certain vehicles with a defective fuel pump. We also suggest you read the Mercedes Benz Fuel Hose Lawsuit.
Case Name & No.: Townsend Vance et al. v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., et al., Case No. 8:21-cv-01890
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Allegations: Mazda allegedly manufactured certain vehicles equipped with a defective fuel pump
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