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More than 300,000 Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS250H Models Recalled for Faulty Suspension Component

More than 300,000 Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS250H Models Recalled for Faulty Suspension Component

This is the third recall for the same problem

In the world of mass-produced vehicles, automakers try to cut corners as much as possible as end pricing of new vehicles slowly increase. This being the case, it’s become so common for safety-related recalls that it seems there’s at least one serious recall each month of the year. Well, we’re only two days into September 2016, and sure enough, another recall notice manages to make its way to my desk. This time, Toyota is performing a recall for 2006 to 2011 Toyota RAV 4 models built between October 31, 2005 and September 7, 2010, and 2010 Lexus HS250h models built between July 6, 2009 and August 26, 2010.

While this is a safety related recall, it’s not as bad as some of the other recalls that have been announced this year. The problem involves the rear control arm on the aforementioned models. If, during a four-wheel alignment, the nut on the rear tie rods aren’t tightened properly, the threads on the tie rod can rust, and the nut could suddenly sheer off. If this happens, the wheel alignment is drastically affected can cause sudden loss of control.

This is a pretty serious problem, but you’re only at risk if the nut wasn’t tightened properly during the last alignment. As is the usual case with safety-related recalls, your local dealer can carry out the recall procedure which involves replacing the rear tie rods. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2016, and Toyota will notify all owners on record. There is a total of 337,449 vehicles affected.

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Toyota Recalls 625K Prius V Models Worldwide

Toyota Recalls 625K Prius V Models Worldwide

Last year, automakers recalled a record 63.5 million cars. Looking at that figure might make you think it’s a record that won’t be broken anytime soon, but with Takata having already issued an airbag-related recall for around 41 million vehicles and with various automakers announcing new recall campaigns every month, it looks like we’re headed toward a new low for the automotive industry. Toyota, one of the many brands involved in the Takata airbag recall, has just issued a new callback, this time around for a software glitch.

The recall affects no fewer than 625,000 2015 Toyota Prius V models (Prius Plus in Europe and Prius Alpha in other markets), 109,000 of which were sold in the United States. Most of them, about 340,000, are in Japan, while 160,000 are located in Europe. The recall affects cars produced between May 2010 and November 2014.

In the involved vehicles, the software settings for the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU could result in higher thermal stress in certain transistors, which could cause them to become damaged. If this happens, the vehicle can enter a "failsafe mode," and in rare circumstances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven. This would result in a sudden loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop. Toyota said there had been no reports of crashes or injuries.

Owners will be notified by mail and Toyota dealers will update the software for both the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU.

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Toyota Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Include RAV4, Sequoia, and Tundra

Toyota Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Include RAV4, Sequoia, and Tundra

The vast recalls surrounding the Takata-supplied airbags have now grown to include even more of the popular Toyota models, including the RAV4 crossovers, Tundra pickup trucks, and Sequoia SUVs. The recall stems from issues found with the airbags’ inflators rupturing during deployment, potentially throwing dangerous debris at the occupants during a crash.

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Toyota Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Include RAV4, Sequoia, and Tundra

Toyota Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Include RAV4, Sequoia, and Tundra

The vast recalls surrounding the Takata-supplied airbags have now grown to include even more of the popular Toyota models, including the RAV4 crossovers, Tundra pickup trucks, and Sequoia SUVs. The recall stems from issues found with the airbags’ inflators rupturing during deployment, potentially throwing dangerous debris at the occupants during a crash.

Toyota lists an additional 160,000 RAV4 crossovers from 2004 and 2005 that are under the recall, along with another 177,000 Tundras from 2003 and 2004, and Sequoias from 2004.

Also included in the airbag recall are several other Toyota models, including cars, for issues with their airbag inflators rupturing due to their exposure to high-humidity environments. Vehicles in coastal areas such as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Hawaii are most vulnerable.

This humidity-related recall covers the 2005 through 2007 Sequoia, along with 2005 and 2006 Tundras. The effected cars include the 2005 through 2007 Corolla, Matrix, and Lexus SC.

Toyota will be contacting the known owners of the effected vehicles with instructions to bring them in for complementary replacement of the airbag inflator.

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