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Toyota again recalling 880,584 RAV4, Lexus sedans

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:46 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2013

DETROIT » Toyota is recalling 880,584 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. and Canada because a repair announced last year may not have solved a safety problem.

RAV4s from the 2006 through 2011 model years and the Lexus HS250h from the 2010 model year are involved in the recall.

Toyota says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the rear lower suspension arm can rust and separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

At least nine crashes and three injuries related to the problem have been reported, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least 131 owners have complained about the issue to NHTSA and Toyota.

Toyota recalled the vehicles last August for the same issue, but spokeswoman Cindy Knight said the repair procedure in the previous recall was incorrect. Knight didn't know if Toyota sent out the wrong instructions or if technicians at its dealerships didn't follow the correct procedures. She said technicians are receiving additional training.

Toyota is recalling 780,584 vehicles in the U.S. and 100,000 in Canada. Owners will be notified over a six-month period starting this month.

Toyota technicians will inspect the vehicles and replace suspension arms which are loose or rusted for free.

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awahana wrote:
Toyota = Cheap.
Ever since the mid 90's when they announced they were able to 'shave' off 300 parts on the new Camry, and that was how they were trying to compete with the #1 best selling car, which was the Honda Accord at the time, quality literally took a backseat to profits.
Toyota management, and vehicles, have never been the same since.
Sony is doing similar things, and so quality is down.
Japan, Inc., is in a world of hurt.
on September 9,2013 | 08:01PM
1local wrote:
ever since japanese cars are assembled in the USA - recalls and defects increased. What few Products that are made in the USA - generally have problems with workmanship and reliability...
on September 10,2013 | 06:21AM
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