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.
The tire information label contains inaccurate spare tire size and cold inflation pressure information. This could lead to improper spare tire use or replacement, which could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Gulf States Toyota will send each owner a corrected tire information label to correct this concern.
Over time, vibration of the steering wheel while driving may damage the spiral cable assembly (clockspring). This is the electrical connection between the driver's airbag and the vehicle wiring harness. If damage occurs, the airbag warning lamp will illuminate and the driver's airbag may become deactivated. In the event of a crash, the driver's airbag may not deploy as expected, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the clockspring assembly to correct this concern.
During assembly, the electrical contacts of the stop lamp switch may have been contaminated with silicone grease, causing increased electrical resistance in the switch. This could result in: Illumination of warning lamps; a no start condition; the shift lever may not shift from the Park position; and/or inoperative brake lights. Inoperative brake lights would fail to warn other drivers the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the brake light switch to correct this concern.
A propellant with an incorrect specification may have been used during assembly of the side curtain airbags. As a result, one or both side curtain airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash. Failure of a side curtain airbag will increase the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect and replace the side curtain airbag assembly as necessary to correct this concern.
Gulf States Toyota is recalling 502 vehicles due to an incorrect load capacity label. An incorrect label could lead to vehicle overloading, resulting in tire failure and increasing the risk of a crash. Gulf States will provide a corrected label. Dealers install the correct label upon request.
The vehicle weight capacity printed on the load rating placard may be incorrect. This could lead to possible vehicle and tire overloading. Tire overloading can result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will mail an updated vehicle weight placard, along with revised owner's manual information to registered owners of affected vehicles.
Southeast Toyota is recalling 518 vehicles equipped with an aftermarket navigation unit or overhead entertainment system, and/or a bluetooth hands-free device. There is a possibility that the front A-pillar trim panel retention clip may have been damaged during the installation of the aftermarket accessory. The trim piece may come loose in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect the A-pillar trim and replace the retaining clip as necessary.
The amount of adhesive applied between the inner and outer parts of the crankshaft pulley may be inadequate. If this is the case, the outer ring may become misaligned and/or not properly rotate with the inner ring, causing an abnormal noise and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. In some cases, the power steering belt could come off resulting in a loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the crankshaft pulley and replace it if necessary.
A module inside the hybrid drive inverter module may contain inadequately soldered transistors. These solder joints could fail under high electrical loads, resulting in illumination of various dashboard warning lights, drivability concerns, and/or engine stalling. If the vehicle were to stop unexpectedly, this would increase the risk of a crash. Owners will be notified in July 2011 if their vehicle is involved in this recall. They will received a second notice when parts become available. Dealers will inspect the hybrid inverter module production number to determine if the inverter contains the suspect transistors. They will replace any affected modules.