Rear Suspension Arm Corrosion Leads to Lexus and Toyota Recalls

Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control

Rear Suspension Arm Corrosion Leads to Lexus and Toyota Recalls
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August 29, 2016

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling more than 330,000 model year 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles.

The affected vehicles have rear suspension arms (rear tie rods) with adjusting lock nuts that may have been improperly tightened after servicing. As a result of being loose, the arm may have thread damage and may rust, possibly leading to the failure of the arm and an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.

Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall is expected to begin September 30, 2016.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the locknuts, free of charge.

Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-383, in which some vehicles were only inspected, sealed, and did not have both arms replaced. The affected vehicles were previously recalled under 13V-383, but did not have both rear suspension arms replaced at that time. Those vehicles need to have both arms replaced as part of this recall remedy.

For further information regarding this recall, Owners may contact Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331, recall number for Toyota affected Toyotas is G0V and GLK for the Lexus vehicles.