Toyota has announced a massive recall of some 430,000 Toyota RAV4 crossovers -- both gas-powered and EV models. According to Detroit News, Toyota says there may be a problem with the vehicles' windshield wipers.
Specifically, the problem is corrosion in the RAV4's wiper system. Toyota says that over time, water can corrode the wiper link joint, which connects the all-important wiper motor to the wiper link. The wiper link, in turn, attaches to the wiper arm and equally important wiper blade.
So basically, if the wiper link joint fails, most of what we think of as the wiper becomes useless. If that happens, the wiper won't be any use in rain, snow, or during other weather events, reducing visibility and boosting the risk of a crash.
The recall affects 421,000 gas-powered RAV4 crossovers from model-years 2009-2012 and an additional 2,500 RAV4 EV crossovers from 2012-2014.
Toyota says that once owners receive recall notices in the mail, they'll be able to take their vehicles to Toyota dealers, who will replace the wiper link, wiper motor crank arm, and water channel at no charge.
Information about the recall hasn't yet been posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall database, but owners with questions can call Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331.