Toyota North America has issues a voluntary recall on 2 of its vehicles. The 2005 to 2010 Toyota Rav4 and the 2010 Lexus HS250h Hybrid. Both vehicles suffered from the same issue, and the repair notices should be going out to dealerships shortly.

The problem surrounds the vehicle’s rear suspension and the alignment adjusting nuts.  When serviced for procedures such as new tires or repair, the nut is highly susceptible to being improperly tightened.  If this occurs, the rear tie rod end may begin to move and or build up rust leading to damage or overall failure.  A suddenly breaking tie rod would cause the a Lexus HS250h or Toyota RAV4 to lose major control and would be a disaster waiting to happen.

Lexus has also issued a recall recently for the RX from Nov 2008 to Sept 2010 regarding their always famous sticky accelerator. While it sounds dangerous, the problem is most likely related to a improperly secured floor mat. The no cost repair (which i’m sure isnt anything special) will begin in August 2012


Here’s the president of Toyota talking to Congress earlier this year