Toyota has announced that it will recall a total of 778,000 units that may have been manufactured with improperly-tightened nuts on the rear suspension. The manufacturer says around 760,000 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 models and 18,000 2010 Lexus HS 250h units may have fasteners that were not torqued to the correct specification during alignment.

If that's the case, excess wear could occur and pave the way for rust and separation, which in turn could cause an accident. Toyota says the company is currently working on a solution. Once available, the manufacturer will notify owners and ask them to make an appointment to bring the vehicle by the closest dealer for a free repair.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced earlier this month that it was investigating RAV4 models for this very issue after receiving complaints of tie rod failures due to rust. You can view the full press release from Toyota below.
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Toyota Announces Recall of Certain RAV4 and Lexus HS 250h Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., August 1, 2012 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving 2006 to early 2011 model year RAV4 and 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h vehicles sold in the U.S. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved.

Approximately 760,000 Toyota RAV4

Approximately 18,000 Lexus HS 250h

Toyota has determined that if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specification during a rear wheel alignment service, excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust formation. If this were to occur, the threaded portion of the rear suspension arm may wear and cause the arm to separate.

Toyota is currently developing a remedy. Once the remedy is available, we will send a notification letter by first class mail advising owners to make an appointment with an authorized Toyota or Lexus dealer to have the remedy performed at no charge.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1 800-331-4331) or www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).


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      joma5004
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brent: Cheer for a car company that has on going MASSIVE recalls, spending "1 million dollars a day" on product improvement? They are making JUNK. Repeat, they are making JUNK! The only way they attract buyers is to offer incentives and dropping prices. Get it?? They have to BRIBE the buyer in order to sell their JUNK! And they are only doing recalls because of the heavy fines they paid for their throttle problems that they failed to report andhave a recall to fix the problem. Enough of the bleeding hearts suporting a company that produces garbage!
      sgentilejr
      • 2 Years Ago
      The issue of rusting away bolts that hold the suspension together has nothing to do with the torque or tightness of the bolts. How tight the bolts are have nothing to do with their problem which is instead related to low quality low grade steel that quickly rusts away and breaks and fails. My 1982 Dodge still has all of the 'original" bolts holding the suspension together and not one of them has failed..
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another day, another Toyota recall.
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        @Cadillacftw
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          Cadillacftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          Cadillacs are junk? The CTS is rated best retained value over any other sedan that is $40k+ according to Edmunds? http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/best-retained-value-cars.html
          • 2 Years Ago
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          Cadillacftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are the only fanboy here. If I wanted to list every recall on Toyotas, it would take me the whole day. I am the fanboy? You are the one that drools over junk appliances like Toyotas and Hondas. You must have a very sad life supporting boring crappy vehicles like those. SUre they were reliable for many years, but any one can make a reliable 4 banger appliance that does nothing , but take you from point A to B. Cadillac is one of the most reliable luxury brands, face it man; Cadillac is climbing to the top. Face the truth and live with it.
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          Cadillacftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are aware that the current generation CTS has been out since late 2007, correct? The Lexus ES does not compare to the CTS, The Lexus ES is a FWD based Camry ( now based off the Avalon). While the CTS is a rwd based platform. The CTS is a performance orientated car, the Lexus ES is NOT. Please, do not even mention the current generation IS, that car has been chewed up and eaten by all the competition. Not to mention how crappy the interior is on that car. I sat in it at the dealer and couldn't believe the amount of cheap plastics that overflowed the whole interior. To be honest though, the direction that Lexus now is going is a way better one than 5 years ago. I think the products they are putting out now are much more competitive with the rest of the market. Same goes with Cadillac. I am sorry you don't like Cadillac, but to say they are unreliable is incorrect. The CTS has won many awards and has been the top of its class even though the car has been out for 5+ years now. I would look out for the next generation Cadillac CTS, which should be out this time next year. Bmw is already fearing Cadillac, where they have been caught testing the Cadillac ATS along side with the upcoming Bmw F30 M3 ( sedan) . I like many cars, but the car along with the brand has to give me a reason to like it.
          tylermars.design
          • 2 Years Ago
          lol troll. That's ok, you hate on it because you can't have one.
          TCBRacing
          • 2 Years Ago
          Get your facts straight on recall amounts. 2011 #1 Toyota #5 GM First half of 2012 #1 Toyota #5 GM http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/first-half-us-light-vehicle-recall-totals-signal-return-trend
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      But..but..but..but...they're so reliable! LOL!!!
        Becky Sue
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Piss up a rope tool. Ford recalled the Escape three times in a week. Hate all you want. A bolt not being torqued properly is far better than the recent Escape fiasco.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Becky Sue
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        MXMX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        .....and exciting!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where are those who were bashing Ford for the Escape recalls?
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        @Avinash Machado
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        @Avinash Machado
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          John Montgomery
          • 2 Years Ago
          Too bad Chrysler won't recall the 5.9 million jeeps for a fire risk, or the Chrysler 200 for stalling risks, or the Ram for the rear axle seizing up. At least Toyota is being proactive. They learned of the problem and are taking action to correct it. Had this been Ford or GM crap you tards would be jumping up and down like babies saying "at least ford took care of the problem." You trolls are truly a bunch of ignorant people. Don't worry there will be another Domestic recall soon. There always is.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          I wouldn't be driving my car if there was a known risk for the suspension to detach from the vehicle. It's like the Tundra all over again.
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          Mondrell
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yes, oversteering into a crash or flip due to rear suspension failure in a late-model Toyota or Lexus is a vast improvement of circumstances.
          TheMainInsane
          • 2 Years Ago
          I wouldn't bee too happy about that either, but at least Ford found it before too much happened. Besides, I wouldn't bee too happy if I had bought a Rav4 only to be told that the entire rear suspension could come off due to it being improperly fastened.
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        No, no, we can't have that here. ;)
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        well, there were less than 11000 of those and half of them were still on dealers lots.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Japan is a key ally of the US against China. Even if all US brands are sacrificed, Japanese brands must prevail in the US.
        TheMainInsane
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        That was just about the worst idea I've ever heard. Do you know how many jobs would be lost should we sacrifice our auto industry to support Japan's? I understand allies, but the line must be drawn somewhere!
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        How about we sacrifice all Japanese brands instead? Because if all U.S. brands are sacrificed, our economy will collapse along with our military. Who is going to defend Japan then? Our military has been the sole defender of the Japanese home islands since the end of WWII. When it's gone, Japan goes with it. Sounds like a much better plan to me.
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        That sounds ridiculous.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoever wrote the article is either stupid,misinformed or both. This manufacturer is recalling 1.5 million of their krappy cars. This company is a joke and the Americans who buy their products are idiots.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota builds a good product but. Years of sweeping the dirt under the rug gave Toyota s steller perception by deception. Since it all caught up with then over the sudden acceleration issue they have come clean. Since they come clean they have the same recalls as everyone else. Once again I say Toyota builds a good product and I`d be more abt to buy one now that they found out honesty is the best policy. Don`t need to hate on Toyota anymore. Dirt sooner or later will come out in the wash. Now don`t be crying over recalls because they in truth are good. Recalls that don`t happen are the bad ones.
      Radwon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still that's alot of cars sold. Notice that Toyota recalled these themselves because they MAY not have been torqued correctly. You have to give them credit for being proactive instead of waiting for forced NHTSA recall. BTW: I love how Autoblog likes to work all the Toyota-haters into a frenzy. Too easy.
      John Cocktoastin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Sucks! Fix Or Repair Daily! Oh wait, what?
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        @John Cocktoastin
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        cmptrgru34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Cocktoastin
        Ford, Factory ordered road disaster. Factory ordered rebuilt Dodge and backwards Driver returns on foot.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldnt mind picking up a HS still a good car had some seat time in it. Nice interoir and very smooth. Prices for them should be really good since its discontinued
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        and nobody wants one...
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        @ miketim1 Yes, we know you would like to own ANY Toyota product. The HS was a colossal flop, and that's because it wasn't a true Lexus. Its interior wasn't befitting of a Lexus at all, no idea what you are talking about when you say nice interior. It is no better than a Prius but costs tens of thousands more.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        You are the only person I have ever heard speak positively about that car.
        tipdrip215
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        HS is a good car. You're obviously one of not very many people who thinks that then, because it's being discontinued. Oh I forgot, you've never said one bad thing about any Toyota/Lexus/Scion product. So there goes your credibility.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone bought a Lexus HS?
        tipdrip215
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew Zotos Breslin
        I work in a car shop and did a state safety inspection on a HS one time. All I could think when I got in it was really? It's nothing more than a Prius on steroids. They've sold 20,226 copies of this rag in 3 years. Just goes to show you how many diehard Toyotaholics there are out there who will buy ANYTHING with a Toyota, Scion, or Lexus badge on it. "Oh, new underwhelming Lexus Prius, yes, must buy!"
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