Marc UrbanoCar and Driver
- Toyota has issued a recall for 9502 of its 2019 and 2020 RAV4 and RAV4 hybrid due to a faulty front lower suspension arm that could separate from the wheel assembly and potentially cause a crash.
- The issue was caused by improper conditions at the steel supplier’s plant, Toyota said in its defect report.
- Owners will be notified by the recall starting July 19; Toyota will replace the part on affected RAV4s.
Toyota has issued a recall for a small number of 2019 and 2020 RAV4 and RAV4 hybrids due to a faulty front lower suspension arm that can crack and separate from the front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers 9502 of the crossovers, all of which were built in September or October 2019.
The issue in the suspension arm was caused by improper conditions at the steel supplier, Toyota said, which led to cracks forming on the surface of the steel. According to the defect information report, when the affected vehicles are driven frequently with aggressive acceleration and deceleration, the cracks could spread and lead to the suspension arm separating from the wheel assembly. Toyota says that it is unaware of this occurring in any of the recalled vehicles.
Owners will be notified of the recall by mail beginning on July 19. Dealers have already been notified and will replace the parts on affected vehicles, but in the meantime, owners of 2019 or 2020 RAV4 and RAV4 hybrid models can visit the NHTSA website to see if their vehicles are included and to get more information.
Additionally, Toyota put a stop-sale order on the models, meaning dealers can’t sell any of the affected vehicles still on their lots until they replace the affected suspension arms.
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