Following up from a previous Toyota recall from November (itself the result of an investigation from June 2012), the Japanese automakers is issuing another recall for the same vehicles. To recap, about 780,000 2006-2011 RAV4 crossovers and the Lexus HS250h hybrid sedan (which was discontinued last year) are being recalled for a rear tie-rod revised adjustment.
The June 2012 investigation was initially for the 2006-2008 RAV4s, but was expanded once the initial recall was issued back in November. At that time, there wasn’t an official recall resolution because there weren’t enough parts on backorder to remedy the situation. Once enough parts were made and the repairs were made, dealers had received some reports from owners stating that they had experienced the same issue, as well as abnormal noises coming from the rear of the vehicle.
Once the vehicles came back to the dealership, it was determined that the wear on the threaded part of the control arm could cause it to separate, which could increase the risk of the vehicle and its occupants being involved in an accident. Fortunately, there were no reports of any accidents or injuries as a result of the inadequate repairs.
In the latest Toyota recall, letters were sent out to both Toyota and Lexus owners on September 3. According to the letter, it stated that the inspections were not performed adequately, as well as portions of the repair procedure. As with the first recall, the recall is expected to last from September 2013, through February 2014. Toyota will notify the owners in phases, as they’re able to produce enough parts to perform the revised repair procedure. Of course, owners can contact their local Toyota dealer for more information.
Source: Automotive News