Toyota recalls 760,000 RAV4s in U.S.

Wed Aug 1, 2012 11:06pm EDT

A Toyota RAV4 is displayed at Boch Toyota in Norwood, Massachusetts January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A Toyota RAV4 is displayed at Boch Toyota in Norwood, Massachusetts January 27, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it is recalling about 760,000 RAV4 utility vehicles and 18,000 Lexus HS 250h hybrid cars in the United States to correct problems in their rear suspension that could arise when taken in for maintenance.

The RAV4 cars were made from model years 2006 through 2011, while only 2010 models of the HS 250h were affected.

Toyota said that if nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened properly during a rear wheel alignment service, rust could form, leading to wear and possibly cause the arm to separate.

The car maker will inspect the tightened nut on the recalled vehicles to make sure they meet the proper torque specification.

The models carry no design or production-related defects and would not need to be inspected unless alignment work was done, a Toyota spokesman in Tokyo said. The company is looking into specific measures to prevent errors during maintenance.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a defect investigation opened June 4 into a similar problem with 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4s, said the rear suspension arm assembly "may fail due to corrosion, potentially causing a loss of vehicle control."

The federal agency said at the time it was probing about 460,000 RAV4s. NHTSA said it had received seven complaints alleging corrosion-related failure of suspension arms on the RAV4.

(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit and Chang-Ran Kim in Tokyo; Editing by David Gregorio and Edwina Gibbs)

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Comments (3)
Rich_F wrote:
oh look another recall by toyota. are you kidding me? and to think people are still buying these sub-quality life risking vehicles in droves. fools.

Aug 02, 2012 9:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lijlijbriggy wrote:
On Feb. 1 of this year I was driving home from work and I heard a metallic sound before my Rav 4 spun out of control. The car was listing to the left,I had to use all of my power in my body to keep the car from heading on to oncoming traffic. I actually managed to get the car on the RIGHT side of the road- off road. I was in shock , got out of the car, the rear left wheel was in the wheel well at a 60 degree angle. Angels were with me that day as I looked up where I was, because I almost smashed into 4 unoccupied cars. I had to decide to hit oncoming traffic or go for the unoccupied cars. I went for the cars but stopped inches away from them. I looked up where the car had stopped. I was at a car repair shop! The owner was so nice and put the car up on the lifts. He was the head mechanic and the owner of the place. When we put the flashlight to the rear wheel suspension assembly, it was practically in two. He turned to me and asked me what year my Toyota was, I said 2007, he said what was the mileage? I said around 85,000. He said and I quote “This should not happen to a Toyota”. Later on he told me the part was defective. I’ve written to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in July about this. I have an injury from this. I’ve been going to medical treatments since the accident. Toyota is incorrect when they state there has been no injuries. I’m one of the injured people.

Aug 02, 2012 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lijlijbriggy wrote:
On Feb. 1 of this year I was driving home from work and I heard a metallic sound before my Rav 4 spun out of control. The car was listing to the left,I had to use all of my power in my body to keep the car from heading on to oncoming traffic. I actually managed to get the car on the RIGHT side of the road- off road. I was in shock , got out of the car, the rear left wheel was in the wheel well at a 60 degree angle. Angels were with me that day as I looked up where I was, because I almost smashed into 4 unoccupied cars. I had to decide to hit oncoming traffic or go for the unoccupied cars. I went for the cars but stopped inches away from them. I looked up where the car had stopped. I was at a car repair shop! The owner was so nice and put the car up on the lifts. He was the head mechanic and the owner of the place. When we put the flashlight to the rear wheel suspension assembly, it was practically in two. He turned to me and asked me what year my Toyota was, I said 2007, he said what was the mileage? I said around 85,000. He said and I quote “This should not happen to a Toyota”. Later on he told me the part was defective. I’ve written to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in July about this. I have an injury from this. I’ve been going to medical treatments since the accident. Toyota is incorrect when they state there has been no injuries. I’m one of the injured people.

Aug 02, 2012 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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