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Toyota Recalls Nearly 880,000 Vehicles for Potential Rust Problem

Toyota RAV4, Lexus HS 250h models in U.S., Canada are affected.

By Joshua Condon Aug 1, 2012 1:17PM

The 2008 Toyota RAV4. Photo by Toyota.Toyota announced today a voluntary recall covering approximately 778,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. for a potential rust problem.

Affected models in the U.S. include about 760,000 Toyota RAV4 vehicles from model years 2006 through 2011, as well as approximately 18,000 Lexus 250h hybrid sedans from model year 2010. In Canada, an additional 99,000 RAV4s from the same model years and about 1,000 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles are being recalled for the same issue.


According to Toyota, "If the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specification during a rear wheel alignment service, excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust formation." This could lead to the arm separating, it says.

When reached for comment by Exhaust Notes, Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said that nine accidents and three minor injuries have been reported in alleged connection to this issue.

According to Toyota's notification, the automaker is working on a solution and will send affected owners a notification via mail with instructions on making an appointment with an authorized dealer that will perform the necessary fix at no charge.

Toyota customers with questions can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331. Lexus owners can contact Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 800-255-3987. Other resources are available at and

[Source: Toyota.]
Aug 1, 2012 2:08PM

voluntary recalls are a good thing.  I wish that Ford recalled my parents late-90's Taurus after they realized that they all had bad transmissions.  They didn't, just let the consumer foot the bill.  How about GM recalling the power steering racks that constantly break seals on their early 2000's trucks?  Nope, consumer will foot the bill.  A car company that voluntarily fixes their cars' problems for free is a good thing. 

Aug 1, 2012 4:26PM
Aug 1, 2012 1:41PM
"if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specification during a rear wheel alignment service, excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust formation."

So your car might break if suspension service is not performed correctly?  You don't say, I never would have considered that.

Car companies are really jumpy about this thing lately, and I can't blame them after the sudden unintended acceleration nonsense that Toyota went through.
Aug 1, 2012 3:03PM
Another Toyota rust problem. Did they ever settle/fix their truck frames rusting through? At least they finally recalled their Tundras for the spare tire carriers falling off. Only took them nine years to finally admit it. Even then, they didn't address the problem for the pre-2000 trucks (both Tacoma and Tundra) that were having to deal with this and other frame rust issues for years.
Aug 1, 2012 2:31PM

These Cars were made in America...haha

Aug 1, 2012 6:45PM
All cars have problems, no matter who makes it. I drive only BMW's and they have problems just as a Kia or Hyundai does. My BMW drives and rides far better, but it ends up in the shop just like any other car. Just buy what you like and can afford and deal with any repairs and or recalls as they happen. My father in law has a toyota carolla and hasnt had any problems with it  other than your normal wear and tear any items for a 4 year old car.
Aug 1, 2012 3:23PM

after having 2 tundras with problems -- im done with toyota,

Aug 1, 2012 1:53PM
880k Toyotas  vs.  3! Volts???  lol!  
Aug 1, 2012 3:10PM
Check the difference in corrosion warranty Japanese vs. American or European. Japanese usually 6 year 60K miles vs. many european 12 years no limit on miles. Why you think it is? Pretty sure they know this going to happen. As owner of a 06 Tacoma all I can say never again. First and lost JP car or truck for me. My other truck or car had way less issues. Specially not safety like Toyota has. 
Aug 1, 2012 5:12PM
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