The automaker is recalling 9502 of its 2019, 2020 RAV4s and RAV4 hybrids because a part of the suspension can separate, potentially causing a crash.
Written By- Neehan Rashid
Toyota has issued a recall for a small number of its 2019, 2020 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrids that were built during the September or October 2019 time period. The recall has been issued due to a faulty front lower suspension arm that can crack and separate from the front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.
The issue in the suspension arm was caused by improper conditions at the steel supplier, the Japanese automaker said, which led to cracks forming on the surface of the steel. According to the defect information report, when the affected vehicles are driven regularly with aggressive acceleration and deceleration, the cracks could spread and lead to the suspension arm separating from the wheel assembly. However, Toyota says that it is unaware of this occurring in any of the recalled vehicles.
Owners will be notified of the recall by mail scheduled to begin on July 19. Dealers have already been notified and will replace the parts on the vehicles. In the meantime, owners of the affected RAV4s can visit the NHTSA website to see if their vehicles are included and to get more information.
Toyota has also issued a stop-sale order on the models as a preventive measure. This stops dealers from selling any of the affected vehicles still on their lots until the unsafe suspension arms are replaced and dealt with.