Toyota’s first battery electric car, the Toyota bZ4X, didn’t get off to a good start.
The company remembers(opens in a new tab) number of bZ4X vehicles, including some model year 2023, on defective wheels.
According to Reuters, the total number of cars recalled is 2,700(opens in a new tab)where 2,200 are sent to Europe, 260 to the United States, 110 to Japan and 10 to Canada.
Subaru also said last week that it was recalling 2,600 of its Solterra vehicles for the same reason (the Solterra, which was co-developed with Toyota, is essentially Subaru’s version of the bZ4X).
A recall of this size is unusual, but the reason for this recall is a little concerning. Here’s Toyota’s explanation of what might happen.
“After low mileage use, all wheel hub bolts can loosen to the point where the wheel can separate from the vehicle. If the wheel comes off the vehicle while driving, it can cause loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of an accident. »
Yes, car wheels can fall off.
Toyota says it is still investigating why this is happening, and says a fix is not yet available. “No one should drive these vehicles until repairs are made,” Toyota said.