Toyota has announced that a suspension problem in RAV-4s and Lexus models is the reason for a recall of 760,000 Toyota RAV-4s model years 2006 through 2011 and 18,000 Lexus HS 250h models 2010. The 778,000 vehicles were sold in the U.S. The recall extends to 99,000 RAV-4s and 1,000 Lexus 250h models sold in Canada, as well.
An article appearing on CNNMoney quoted Brian Lyons, Toyota spokesperson, as stating there have been "nine crashes and three minor injuries reported to be related to this" problem. Toyota also explained that if nuts located on the suspension arms of the vehicles were not well tightened, the suspension arms could loosen and come apart, causing a crash.
Toyota says owners may hear a significant noise coming from the rear of the car. Toyota will be alerting owners of the recall by mail and plans to have dealers repair the problem at no charge.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation into the Toyota RAV-4’s possible rear suspension failure problem in June concentrating on 460,000 RAV-4 vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2008. The NHTSA advises Toyota RAV-4 and Lexus 250h owners to make arrangements to have cars serviced as soon as possible. NHTSA’s investigation is still open.