Toyota and Lexus have recently announced a recall for the 2006-2011 RAV4 crossovers and for the 2010 HS 250h sedans, because of a problem with the vehicles’ suspension system.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 760,000 units of the 2006 – 2011 (early 2011 RAV4s only) units of the Toyota RAV4 will be affected by this recall, along with 18,000 units of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedans. The NHTSA is saying that owners of the above mentioned models will have to take a trip back to the dealers because of a problem with the suspension system following a rear wheel alignment service.
If ignored, the rear suspension arm might move around excessively if the nuts aren’t reinstalled and torque properly and rust could form at the threaded portion of the arm, increasing the risk of the arm to separate. The feds are saying that if this problem isn’t fixed, the risk of crashes and injuries will increase. The Japanese based automaker is still researching a fix for the issue and owners will be notified once the remedy has been found. Customers are advised to contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 and Lexus at 800-255-3987. No reports have been received yet of crashes and injuries related to this problem.