Toyota Issues Two Recalls due to Manufacturing Errors, Crash Risk

Toyota Issues Two Recalls due to Manufacturing Errors, Crash Risk
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December 15, 2014

Toyota has issued two recalls for cars that were either damaged during manufacturing or were manufactured incorrectly, resulting in the risk of a loosening or separating ball joint.

A separated ball joint could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota is recalling more than 50 2011 Camrys because the rubber boot on the front suspension lower arm ball joint may have been damaged during manufacturing. The damage could cause the boot to leak lubricant grease, which could then cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely.

Toyota will notify owners affected by the recall, and dealers will inspect and replace the ball joint, free of charge.

The company is also recalling certain model year 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry HV, Avalon, and Avalon HV vehicles equipped with 16-inch and 17-inch rims. In the affected vehicles, the left-side front suspension lower arm may have been incorrectly manufactured. As a result, the left side lower arm may not have enough clamping surface area for one of the bolts that secures the lower arm to the lower ball joint.

Toyota will notify owners affected by the recall, and dealers will replace the left side lower arm, free of charge.

For more information about either one of these recalls, owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.