If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear tire rod may develop unwanted movement and rust, leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the tie rods and replace any that have rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. All rear tie rods will then be encased in an epoxy to prevent future environmental damage.
Lexus HS250h Recalls
The brake booster pump contains a compartment filled with nitrogen gas. This nitrogen gas can leak into the brake fluid causing reduced hydraulic pressure during application of the brakes. Reduced braking efficiency can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the brake booster pump assembly as necessary to correct this concern.
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles. If nuts securing the rear tie rod are not tightened properly during service, unwanted movement and rust can develop leading to component failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment. This could lead to a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. As of this writing, remedy information is not available for this recall.
All vehicles undergo crash testing and must meet federal standards. Fuel leakage from the fuel inlet pipe after the crash testing of this model exceeded the allowable limits. The fuel inlet pipe connects the gas cap area to the fuel tank. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install a newly designed protector for the fuel filler inlet pipe to correct this concern.
The brake pedal may exhibit an inconsistent feel. This may result in longer stopping distances. Toyota will rewrite the programming of the anti lock brake system control unit. This recall began on March 3, 2010. The Toyota recall number is AOB, the Lecus recall number is ALA.