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Toyota recall of RAV4s, Lexuses? Yes, but not yet.

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(Read caption) In this 2006 file photo, unsold 2007 RAV4 sports-utility vehicles are shown on the lot of a Toyota agency in Aurora, Colo. The potential failure of rear suspension arms in the RAV4 and the Lexus HS 250h will trigger a Toyota recall as soon as the company comes up with a remedy.

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Toyota is going to recall some 778,000 vehicles sold in the United States because of a rear-suspension failure. But not just yet. First, it has to figure out how to fix the problem.

The challenge is rust. In at least four cases, corrosion has caused a rear-suspension arm to fail, putting a wheel severely out of alignment and causing the driver to lose control of their vehicle temporarily. No injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result. 

Toyota says it is working on a remedy and will notify owners by mail when it has one.

The Toyota recall involves:

  • Approximately 760,000 Toyota RAV4 models from 2006 to early 2011
  • Approximately 18,000 Lexus HS 250h from the 2010 model year

The problem involves suspension arms – or tie rods – at the rear of the vehicles. Earlier this summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem after receiving seven complaints about RAV4s from the 2006 through 2008 model years. In four cases, a tie rod failed while drivers were going 35 miles per hour or more, causing a temporary loss of control. 


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