Second Round of Recalls for Toyota, Lexus Models for Suspension Failure

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Filings with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration have brought about the second recall of nearly 781,000 cars to fix suspension components that can break loose.

This recall is for the same 780,584 cars that have already been recalled in the United States.  The 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and the 2010 Lexus HS 250h are recalled again for loose nuts that attach the rear suspension arm to the wheels.

If these nuts are loose, the threads on the arm can rust, causing the entire arm to fracture or separate, which in turn can hamper the vehicle’s alignment and cause it to leave the desired lane.  The initial Toyota recall of these vehicles was in August 2012 after a two-month NHTSA investigation.  470 complaints and warranty claims alleging failure of the rear suspension arm were filed and at least nine crashes and three injuries are related to the problem.

Toyota states that the previous recall was “not adequate” and “portions of the repair procedure may not have been performed correctly”.  This latest recall will require dealers to replace the rear lower suspension arms an seal them with epoxy, effectively making the alignment permanent.

This latest recall was issued by Toyota on September 4th, 2013 but dealers have limited parts and may not be able to complete the repairs until February 2014.  Owners should check with the auto maker at www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com for a dealer letter to find out when parts may be available in your state.  Or you can call 800-331-4331 for Toyota or 800-255-3987 for Lexus.

You can also contact your Service Advisor at Aspen Auto Clinic for questions concerning your Toyota or Lexus.  We will be happy to assist you.

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