Japan Economic Newswire
September 11, 2013
Toyota Motor Corp. has reissued a recall for a combined 870,000 units of two car models subject to a 2012 recall in the United States and Canada after finding some were not properly fixed in the initial recall, according to a U.S. federal government agency.
The RAV4 sport utility vehicle from the 2006 through 2011 model years as well as the Lexus HS250h luxury sedan from the 2010 model year are subject to the fresh recall issued on Aug. 28, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Since some nuts for adjusting rear wheel alignment were improperly tightened at dealerships during the initial recall, the rear suspension arm, or rear tire rod, may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventually causing the arm to fail, the agency said.
Failure of the tire rod "could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash," it said.
Toyota said three accidents involving these models took place in the wake of the initial recall in August 2012 with passengers sustaining slight injuries in two of the three incidents.
The automaker said it conducted the initial recall as the suspension arms may come off, making it impossible for the vehicles to move. During the 2012 service, necessary repairs were not implemented as a result of inspection mistakes.
The initial recall covered a combined 880,000 vehicles. The fresh recall will cover 870,000 of those vehicles, as Toyota has confirmed that some 10,000 have been properly fixed.
During the fresh recall, dealers will replace any arms that have corrosion or rust on the threads and encase such arms "in an epoxy to prevent further environmental damage," it added.
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