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Recall: 781,000 Toyota, Lexus models for suspension failure

This is a duplicate recall to fix problems that were not properly fixed 13 months earlier.

By Exhaust Notes Sep 9, 2013 7:18AM
Toyota is recalling nearly 781,000 cars to fix suspension components that can break loose, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

If the nuts are loose, the threads on the arm can rust and cause the entire arm to fracture or separate, which in turn can hamper the vehicle's alignment and cause it to leave the desired lane. Toyota initially recalled the vehicles in August 2012 following a two-month NHTSA investigation which included at least 470 complaints and warranty claims alleging failure of the rear suspension arm. At least nine crashes and three injuries are related to the problem.

The earlier recall was "not adequate" and "portions of the repair procedure may not have been performed correctly," according to Toyota. The latest recall will require dealers to replace the rear lower suspension arms and seal them with epoxy, effectively making the alignment permanent. Toyota's first fix involved tightening the bolts and attaching labels to the suspension components to alert technicians to the proper tightening procedure. The company says repair shops are to blame and that all bolts were properly tightened at the factory.

Dealers have limited parts and may not be able to complete the repairs until February. Check page 12 of this dealer letter to find out when parts may be available in your state. Additionally, owners can visit www.toyota.com/recal​l or www.lexus.com/recall​​, or call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

On Sept. 4, the automaker recalled about 369,000 Toyota and Lexus models to fix problems that could cause the vehicles to shut down while driving. Part of the recall expanded on an earlier recall of Highlander Hybrid SUVs that did not properly address the problem. In June, Toyota recalled 242,000 Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids to fix weakened brakes, including about 87,000 vehicles in the United States.

[Source: NHTSA]

397Comments
Sep 9, 2013 8:18AM
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Once again Toyota proves that the gap between carmakers products is not the same as it was 20 years ago. 
Sep 9, 2013 8:20AM
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Toyota has forgotten what has made them the world's largest auto manufacturer--good workmanship.
Sep 9, 2013 8:21AM
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Im shocked!  Another Toyota recall....

 

Actually the only shocking thing here is that this recall is for less than 1,000,000 vehicles.  lmao.

 

The true colors of Toyota are starting to come out more and more with each recall.  This recall is for the same vehicles and same parts they recalled them for before.

 

In other words Toyota tried to fix them with the cheapest possible fix.  A band aid in all reality and it didnt work and now they have to go back and spend the money and do it right like they should have the first time.  They are just flat out crooked.  Their reputation is tarnished and things like this should really wake up the American idiots that buy their garbage.

 

They build things as cheap as they can.  IF they have an issue they try to fix it as cheap as they can.  And they make commercials about how they care for their customers safety.  Tell that to the California Highway Patrol Officer and his family that died in their Lexus when he couldnt get it to stop.  They blamed him stating he confused the gas pedal for the brake. 

 

Thats what they think of their customers.  That they are too stupid to know the gas and brake pedals and the difference.  Guess you do have to be stupid to buy a Toyota so they have a cliam that their customers are dumb.

Sep 9, 2013 8:28AM
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And people still buy their products.
Sep 9, 2013 8:31AM
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I remember the week when everyone started hating American cars and American technology.  The weight of insurance company charges aimed at cars and not drivers fell from a tall tree onto government regulations on the auto industry.  There, that'll show 'em.  The result was, anything with 4 wheels that rolled out of Japan was "excellent technology", and anything American made was crap.  Now those Japanese cars are rusted away, gone and forgotten.  Many of the American cars made then are classics, although the regulations just torpedoed the auto industry and handed half our economy to morons in another country.  Morons that can't manage their nuclear power.  Bend Toyota over the table and inspect its differential.

Sep 9, 2013 8:21AM
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I see frosty, when they are Toyota recalls its "childish"  but when they are Ford/GM/Dodge/Chrysler they are open season?
Sep 9, 2013 8:26AM
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that darn torque wrench calibration was important after all!
Sep 9, 2013 8:37AM
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Quality huh   where? and you idiots buy that JUNK! no thanks BUY AMERICAN!
Sep 9, 2013 8:45AM
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Now I REALLY wish I had the money to have restored the 56' Mercury wagon I owned for over ten years! At least I could have done a ground up and it would be MUCH better than any newer car. Coler lookin' too! :) Must win Lottery! LOL!
Sep 9, 2013 8:54AM
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The company says and that all bolts were properly tightened at the factory.

Again Toyota blaming everyone else but themselves.

 

Despite the fact that 98% of these customers have never taken their vehicle anywhere but the dealership Toyota still stands by its claim that they are not to blame and its everyone elses fault.  It was the customers fault that their Toyota made designed and installed floor mats would entrap the gas pedal.

 

Toyota never does anything their wrong.  Its always their customers that are stupid and cause the issues.

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