By Jennifer Geiger on July 31, 2012
Toyota issued a voluntary recall of 760,000 model-year 2006-11 versions of the RAV4 compact crossover and 18,000 model-year 2010 versions of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan because of problems with the rear suspension nuts.
"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," the automaker said in a statement. The rear suspension arm could separate, increasing the risk of an accident.
Toyota says it's developing a remedy and will begin notifying owners shortly. Dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 and Lexus at 800-255-3987 or visit www.toyota.com/recall and www.lexus.com/recall.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer