Toyota has announced an auto defect recall for hundreds of thousands of RAV4 SUVs and Lexus sedans. According to Consumer Reports, the vehicles included in this massive auto recall are model year 2006 to 2011 RAV4 SUVs and model year 2010 Lexus 250h sedans. Officials say the 778,000 vehicles have loose nuts on their rear suspension arms, which could result in excessive play in the suspension arm. When the suspension moves too much, there is a risk of premature wear or separation. Toyota officials say the issue is not the result of a manufacturing error. Instead, the company says the problem occurred due to improper maintenance work. Mechanics hired to align the rear wheels were not tightening the suspension arm nuts to proper torque specification.
Toyota has certainly seen its share of recalls of late. The 2011 RAV4 was previously recalled for issues with the side curtain airbags. The Lexus GS350 F Sport was recalled for issues with the variable gear ratio steering electronic control. The Toyota Tacoma from model years 2005 through 2009 was recalled for steering wheel spiral cable problems. The 2001 to 2003 Toyota Prius was recalled for nut issues with its electric power steering pinion shaft attachment. Three years ago, Toyota recalled nearly 11 million vehicles, most of them for sudden and unintended acceleration caused by sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats.
When a suspension begins to fail, the ride will become rough and the vehicle may become difficult to handle. Vehicles with faulty suspensions are more prone to spinning out of control on a curve or in the rain. A vehicle’s suspension can also affect the wear and tear on the tires and other auto parts.
If you have been involved in an auto accident involving a defective auto, it would be in your best interests to preserve the vehicle in its current crashed state, unaltered, so an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced auto products liability lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases against large auto manufacturers such as Toyota. In cases where a defective auto part has caused or contributed to an accident or injury, the victim can file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.