Toyota bZ4X EV recall over fears tires may fall off affects 2,700 units
Toyota has issued a recall for 2,700 units of the recently released bZ4X all-electric vehicle. The car's problem is that the hub bolts may loosen if you brake or turn sharply. While this could just result in an unusual sound, the tire could fall off in a worst-case scenario.
The company stated that of the affected vehicles, 2,200 were headed to Europe, 260 to the US, 110 to Japan and 10 to Canada. However, most cars have not yet been delivered to customers. Toyota said it was urgently looking into the issue and asking owners not to drive their bZ4X for the time being.
Subaru also announced that its Solterra, an all-electric vehicle developed in partnership with Toyota, has the same issue. The company has recalled around 2,600 units of the EV; the company said it did not know of any accidents caused by the fault and urged customers to check if their car was affected. It appears that Toyota is working on a permanent solution, though it has not indicated a timeline.
The bz4X is Toyota's first mass-produced all-electric vehicle, starting from US$42,000. The all-electric FWD model uses a 150 kW 201 bhp motor with a 317 miles (~510 km) range.