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 hybrid 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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      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      So your "Over priced soda cans " really aren't as great as American made cars. I think this is wonderfull ! Take all of your imports and turn them into scrap metal!I I always dis-liked imports since the rotary engine was introduced back in the 60's and datsun becae Nissan.R2Rnot@aol.com
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Greg
        Being a radical right wing gun toting pickup truck driving three-some having all American extremist, I do support the buying of American made products and such, however, a loose nut does not make an 'over priced soda can.'
          Marco Polo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @ Ezee, No, but it make a bigger practice target when practicin' shootin' !
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Greg
        Why would i turn my 1994 and 1996 Nissans, which both run perfect and have 164k/235k on the odometer accordingly, into scrap metal? Because you need more material to make your disposable American car? ;D
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is just no winning with the HS for Lexus.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      USA Today said the repair was to use a torque wrench to make sure the nut was at the right amount. They should also put something on it to prevent rust as well.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota's rapid expansion is diminishing it's reputation for trouble free reliability which created the demand for rapid expansion. Ah, the irony....
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        That's the story they'd like us to believe. 'we grew so fast, we didn't have time for quality' This is not true of Honda, Nissan, or Toyota up until the early 2000's. They were growing exponentially while still making cars that were, for the most part, bulletproof, until then. Something happened right around 1999-2000, and i'm not sure what it was exactly, but things changed for Japanese makes. Nissan was on the brink of a bankruptcy, and hired Carlos Ghosn, a star performer... yet the quality of the parts was lowered very dramatically within just one model year, and the reliability of the Nissan cars has suffered since. Toyota started making more cars here, but they also cheapened their parts a little. Most of all, their engineering quality seemed to drop since then. There are motors and transmissions produced by Toyota since that won't last even 50,000 miles. V6 Camry/Avalon transmissions and the first batches of 1.8L motors, particularly the ones used in the Celica and MR-S are two examples. Honda did not take a notable dive in quality, but It is as if their internal combustion engine research department lost it's funding in the mid 2000's. They used to be ahead of everyone, but now they are milking and stretching some very old designs. Honda does a good job of making things look good on paper, but the driving experience of these cars really indicates otherwise.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Although I don't hold a loose nut against a company (why do I think that there is a joke in there somewhere?), toyota does seem to have slipped a bit. Nearly every Toyota is still a good choice, various ratings have not been quite as high as they were in the past. With Hyundai having raised its game exponentially, and, unlike Toyota, creating interesting cars, toyota will feel some heat. Of course, Honda has fallen off the deep end on interesting cars, and has shown little innovation for the past 10 years, so if you like Japanese.... Toyota has shown good engineering progress, with the expansion of the Prius line, and more importantly, great success. With the exception of Ford (who's hybrids unfortunately do not sell very well) most automakers only have one or no electrics/hybrids, so here is an area where Toyota leads by a long shot. Hopefully they realize that the quality is the chief selling point, and not the actual car itself. Does anyone really want a corolla because it is an interesting, fun, little pocket rocket? No, they buy it because it will go 300,000 miles.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          EZEE As you know, I'm a huge fan of the Lexus GS 450h, and its predecessor. Toyota have enjoyed a reputation for build quality and reliability which has absolutely shaken their German rivals. I'm anxious for this to continue, but I'm also aware of the strain placed on any corporation during periods of rapid expansion.