Wednesday, August 1st, Toyota announced the recalling of 18,000 Lexus HS 250h hybrid cars and 760,000 RAV4 utility vehicles in the US.
The 18,000 Lexus HS 250h hybrid cars and 760,000 RAV4 utility vehicles are being recalled due to some issues in the rear suspension that could create problems when taken in for maintenance. Only the RAV4 models manufactured between 2006 and 2011 and the HS 250h produced in 2010 are recalled. The company said that during a rear wheel alignment service if nuts at the rear suspension arm are not tightened, rust will form, eventually causing the arm to separate.
Toyota will check if the nuts at the recalled vehicles are tightened properly and meet the torque specification. The company assured that the models do not have any production-related or design issues and therefore there’s mo need to be inspected, unless alignment work was done.
On June 4th the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into a similar problem, this time with RAV4 models from 2006-2008, and said that “the rear suspension arm assembly “may fail due to corrosion, potentially causing a loss of vehicle control.” The agency also said it had received 7 complaints concerning the corrosion issue at the suspension arms on the RAV4.