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Lexus HS250h Recall 12V373000

The Rear Tie Rods May Fail due to Rust on the Threaded Area

Recall Details

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.

Our Quick Take

Toyota is recalling 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles. During servicing of the rear suspension of your car, if the fasteners are not tightened properly, unwanted movement and rust can develop leading to component failure and loss of vehicle control.

What Should You Do?

Because the remedy for this concern is still being developed by Toyota, no owner notification is being sent at this time. Notification will be sent when remedy and necessary parts (if any) are in place. Owners are however, advised to contact their local Toyota or Lexus dealer if they notice any abnormal noise from the rear suspension area. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Suspension & Steering, August 1, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
August 1, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
PE12013
Potential Number of Units Affected
778,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V373000
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR

Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tire rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.
Consequence
Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Toyota is currently developing the remedy and will provide a notification schedule when it becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.
Notes
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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