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Toyota is recalling its first mainstream electric car because the wheels can fall off


Toyota has recalled its first mainstream electric vehicle and one of its full-size pickup trucks due to issues with nuts and bolts loosening and wheels or axles becoming disconnected.

Toyota advised BZ4X electric SUV owners to stop driving them because the wheels could fall off. The SUVs were only recently introduced in the United States, and the warning and recall issued by Toyota Motor Sales USA on Thursday apply to all 260 BZ4X SUVs that have been delivered to customers.

According to Toyota’s announcement, BZ4X owners should immediately stop driving their vehicles. Bolts that hold the wheels on can loosen after just a few miles on the road, allowing the wheels to detach. Toyota is still looking into why this could happen and under what conditions.

Toyota has stated that it does not yet know how to resolve the problem. Toyota dealers will pick up customers’ BZ4Xs and bring them to the dealership until a solution is found, Toyota said, and will provide free loaner vehicles in the meantime.

Toyota and Subaru collaborated on the development of the Toyota BZ4X and Subaru Solterra electric crossovers. They share the majority of their engineering and even look similar. Subaru has not issued a similar recall for the Solterra because none have yet been delivered to customers in the United States, according to Subaru spokesperson Jessica Tullman in an email.

Toyota’s BZ4X is the company’s first fully electric vehicle that is not a modified version of a gasoline-powered model. Toyota previously sold an electric version of the Rav4 SUV in certain markets.

Toyota separately announced a recall for approximately 46,000 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickups in which nuts on the rear axle assembly can loosen. In some cases, this can cause an axle sub-assembly to become disconnected, affecting the truck’s stability and braking, according to Toyota. The problem with the Tundra is unrelated to the issue affecting the BZ4X, the company added.

To fix this problem, Toyota dealers will inspect and retighten the nuts if needed, free of charge, according to Toyota. Some parts may also be replaced if required at no charge, Toyota said in its announcement. Toyota is not warning Tundra owners to immediately stop driving their trucks, however.

BZ4X and Tundra owners with questions about the recall can call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331.

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