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Recall Alert: 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4, 2010 Lexus HS 250h

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 337,000 model-year 2006-11 Toyota RAV4 SUVs and model-year 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedans, all involved in a previous recall of nearly 800,000 vehicles announced in September 2013, itself an expansion of a July 2012 recall

The Problem: If the nuts for adjusting rear-wheel alignment were improperly tightened when an alignment was performed, rust could form on the suspension arm threads. If this condition is not discovered and remedied during servicing or repair under the existing remedy procedure, the threads can wear over time, causing the arm to separate, resulting in a loss of vehicle control and increased risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace both rear suspension arm assemblies with new ones and apply an epoxy to prevent future arm adjustment during vehicle service for free. Toyota said the remedy has changed for these vehicles since the original recall.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule but stated that all owners would be notified via first-class mail. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or Lexus at 800-255-3987 for more info.

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