We hate to rain on the parade of Toyota RAV4 owners, but 423,500 of the crossovers are being recalled in the US for a problem with their windshield wipers. Specifically, the campaign covers 421,000 examples of the 2009-2012 RAV4 and 2,500 units of the 2012-2014 RAV4 EV. There are no reports of accidents or injuries from the problem.

According to Toyota, water can corrode the link between the wiper and the motor crank arm over time. At worst, this can cause the two parts to separate, and that means drivers couldn't clear the windshield. To fix the problem, dealers will replace the water channel, wiper link, and wiper motor crank arm with new components. Owners will begin being notified by mail around mid-November.
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TOYOTA RECALLS CERTAIN RAV4 and RAV4 EV VEHICLES FOR WINDSHIELD WIPERS

TORRANCE, Calif., September 17, 2015 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 421,000 Model Year 2009-2012 RAV4 and approximately 2,500 Model Year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles.

In the involved vehicles, water dripping onto the windshield wiper link can, over time, cause corrosion and wear at the wiper link joint. In some cases this could result in the separation of the wiper link from the wiper motor crank arm. If separation occurs, the windshield wipers could become inoperative, which could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota dealers will replace the water channel, wiper link, and wiper motor crank arm with new ones.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-do-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicle's status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.

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