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Toyota Recalls RAV4, Lexus HS Hybrids A Second Time


2011 Toyota RAV4

2011 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota is recalling certain 2006 through 2011 Toyota RAV4 SUVs and 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrids in a second recall for the same rear suspension problem.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 780,584.

According to the NHTSA bulletin, affected vehicles were built from October 2005 through September 2010.

2010 Lexus HS 250h

2010 Lexus HS 250h

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The problem

In Toyota documentation (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA, the automaker said that “if the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tie rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure.”

Failure of the rear tie rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle’s alignment, resulting in loss of vehicle control and increasing crash risk.

2005 Toyota RAV4

2005 Toyota RAV4

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What Toyota will do

Although no notification schedule has been provided, Toyota will notify owners and dealers will inspect the tie rods, replacing any that have rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. After this, all of the tie rods will be encased in an epoxy “to prevent future environmental damage.”

Because of a parts limitation, the recall will be launched in phases, from September 2013 through February 2014.

Noting that all owners will receive notification of the recall and a second notification when parts are available, Toyota also stated that this recall supersedes a previous Toyota and Lexus recall, #12V373. All vehicles that were inspected and fixed under that recall need to be re-inspected and have “the appropriate remedy applied.”

In the meantime, owners of 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 SUVs and 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrids with any questions or concerns may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-2987.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V383000.

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