Possible vehicle suspension damage and failure has led Toyota Motor Corporation to recall more than 778,000 vehicles manufactured during the past seven years. The recall affects both Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS 250 Hybrid vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to the NHTSA, the nuts used for adjusting the alignment of the rear wheel are not properly tightened on the affected vehicles. Thus, when the vehicle is aligned, the thread portion of the arm, specifically the shaft and turn-buckle, may become loose. In turn, this may rust and lead to thread wear, which can cause the rear tire rod to separate from the rest of the vehicle and cause a driver to lose control of his or her car and possibly crash.
Affected vehicles are the 2006 through 2011 Toyota RAV4 and the 2010 Lexus HS 250 Hybrid. At the time of the recall, Toyota announced that it was working on a solution to the problem and would announce when the problem can be fixed by dealers, presumably free of charge. Until then, consumers can find out more information by calling Toyota at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus at (800) 255-3987.
Vehicle defects such as this can compromise the use, value, or safety of a car, and when such defects cannot be repaired after multiple attempts or after an excessive number of days in service, the car may qualify as a lemon. Under California lemon law, lemon owners can pursue a refund of their money or receive a replacement vehicle. Ventura new vehicle lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver has dedicated his career to helping consumers find restitution for their dangerous vehicles. For more information, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver today at (866) 49-LEMON.