Toyota set to recall models in N. America

JIJI

Toyota Motor Corp. revealed it will recall more than 870,000 units in total of the RAV4 sport utility vehicle and the Lexus HS250h hybrid sedan in United States and Canada to fix problems in the rear suspension system.

Toyota, which recalled the RAV and the HS250h in 2012 over the same problem, said Monday it decided to take the same step because similar problems have been reported since the first recall.

This time, Toyota is recalling about 860,000 RAV4s in the 2006-2011 model years and some 19,000 units of the 2010 Lexus HS250h.

The nuts for rear wheel adjustment may have been tightened improperly during service for both vehicles, leading to failure of the rear suspension arm and eventually a loss of vehicle control, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Some 1.32 million units of the vehicles sold in Japan and are not subject to the recall.