DETROIT, Sept 9 Toyota Motor Corp is
recalling about 780,000 crossovers and hybrid sedans in the
United States for a second time to repair a suspension defect
that was not properly fixed last year, a Toyota spokeswoman said
The Japanese automaker first recalled the 2006 through 2011
RAV4 crossover and the 2010 Lexus HS250 hybrid sedan in August
2012 to prevent the rear suspension arm from wobbling, which
could cause rust and lead to a crash.
But Toyota found that the nuts used to adjust the rear wheel
alignment may not have been properly tightened, according to
documents posted online by the National Highway Traffic Safety
As a result, Toyota must take the rare step of recalling
those models again. Under the new repair, Toyota will seal the
rear lower suspension arms with an epoxy to prevent corrosion.
Due to a limited availability of parts, Toyota will launch
the recall in stages until February 2014. Toyota began fixing
2006-2008 model year vehicles last month in the Boston area. It
will inspect 2009-2011 models nationwide in mid-February.
As of the end of June, Toyota had inspected and fixed 20,400
vehicles. Nearly 482,000 were inspected and found not to need a
fix, according to U.S. auto safety regulators.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Matthew Lewis)