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Toyota recalls 878K vehicles due to suspension issues

The recall was aimed at fixing a defect with the rear suspension arm that can cause it to unexpectedly collapse.

A suspension issue that could cause crashes and injuries has prompted Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM) to voluntarily recall about 878,000 sports utility vehicles.

This latest recall involves 760,000 Toyota RAV4 vehicles from the 2006 to 2011 model years and 18,000 Lexus HS 250h vehicles from 2010 sold in the United States.

The Japanese automaker initiated the recall following safety concerns related to the vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation into the problem in June after several drivers reportedly lost control of their vehicles when the suspension arm disconnected.

Safety concerns
The recall was aimed at fixing a defect with the rear suspension arm that can cause it to unexpectedly collapse.

According to the company, insufficient tightening of rear-suspension bolts after a wheel alignment can lead to rust formation, wear and potential failure of a rear-suspension arm.

In a statement Toyota declared, "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."

Three cases of minor injuries and nine crashes attributable to the problem have been reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation into the problem in June after several drivers reportedly lost control of their vehicles when the suspension arm disconnected.

Working on a fix
Toyota has identified the problem but is still trying to develop a plan to rectify it. Once a solution is available the automaker plans to inform the affected owners by post to offer repairs free of cost.

Meanwhile, Toyota is urging drivers hearing an abnormal sound in the rear of the vehicles to get them inspected at any authorized Toyota service center.