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Toyota bZ4X electric SUV production restarts following hub bolt issue

The production of the all-electric Toyota bZ4X has restarted. (Image source: Toyota)
The production of the all-electric Toyota bZ4X has restarted. (Image source: Toyota)
The production of the Toyota bZ4X electric vehicle has restarted after the company paused it due to an issue with the hub bolts. The problem led to the recall of many units earlier this year, and manufacturing of the EV has been on hold for several months. The SUV has up to 317 miles (~510 km) range and starts from US$42,000 in the US.

Toyota has confirmed that it will restart production of the bZ4X electric vehicle following the resolution of a fault. A problem with the hub bolts meant they could loosen with sharp braking or turning, which could cause the wheel to fall off in a worst-case scenario. In a filing to the Japanese Transport Ministry, where the company logged the original recall, Toyota notes that it will ensure hub bolts were replaced and fully tightened in any new units. 

Toyota also stated that it had resolved an issue with the airbags it spotted in the last month or so. Caused by incorrect installation, this fault meant that the airbag could fail or lead to an injury. The company recalled 2,700 units of the bZ4X in June across North America, Europe and Japan. Plus, EV sales were paused for over three months while the company looked to fix the issue. Thanks to the fix, customers in Japan will be able to lease the car from October 26. It is unclear when the model will go back on sale in other markets.

The Toyota bZ4X is the company’s first mass-produced all-electric vehicle, starting in the US from US$42,000. The entry-level FWD model has a 317 miles (~510 km) range and a top speed of 100 mph (~161 kph). Thanks to a 150 kW 201 hp motor, the SUV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (~97 kph) in 7.5 seconds and deliver up to 265 Nm of torque.

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Polly Allcock, 2022-10-10 (Update: 2022-10-10)