Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing has issued a recall for the Toyota RAV4.
Description of Recall
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus hs250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tire rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle’s alignment.
Severity of the Defect
Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota’s Recommended Action
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tie rods and replace any that have rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. All of the rear tie rods will then be encased in an epoxy to prevent future environmental damage. Due to limitations in parts, the recall remedy will be launched in phases from September 2013 through mid-April 2014. All owners will receive notification of the recall, with most receiving second notifications when parts are available in their area. Important: this recall supersedes Toyota and Lexus recall 12v-373. All vehicles that have been inspected and remedied under the previous recall need to be re-inspected and have the appropriate remedy applied.