Toyota has issued a recall for the RAV4 and Lexus HS250h to replace the rear suspension arms.
The 2006-2011 RAV4 and 2010 HS250h both share the same rear suspension arm design, attached with adjusting lock nuts that may have been improperly tightened after servicing.
The botched tightening procedure can eventually lead to thread damage, accelerating corrosion and eventually leading to failure. Drivers could experience a sudden and unexpected change in the vehicle’s alignment.
“Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash,” the recall documents note. “Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the locknuts, free of charge.”
The issue affects more than 337,000 vehicles sold in the US market.
Notably, the campaign supersedes an earlier recall that implemented a simpler fix for the same problem. The first repairs were made approximately four years ago, however some vehicles continued to experience failures after being serviced.