Toyota to recall 878,000 RAV4 SUVs, Lexus hybrids in North America

JIJI, Bloomberg

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will recall about 878,000 units of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle and the Lexus HS250h hybrid in North America due to rear suspension problems.

Due to improper maintenance work, the rear suspension arm may come loose and separate, making driving unstable, Toyota said.

The automaker will recall some 859,000 units of the RAV4 from the model years 2006 through 2011, and about 19,000 units of the 2010 Lexus HS250h, a hybrid version of the luxury Lexus sedan.

Toyota will also launch a campaign to inspect and fix for free the rear suspension arms of some 1.32 million units of the two vehicles sold outside North America.

In Japan, 290,000 units will be subject to the campaign.

Toyota recalled 154,000 units of its 2010 Lexus RX SUVs in June to fix and replace mats that can slip out of position and interfere with accelerator pedals.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website the agency asked for that recall after learning of 97 reports of floor-mat interference with the accelerator pedal.