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Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:39

Toyota Initiates Global Recall for All-Electric bZ4X SUV Because Wheels May Fall Off

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It’s been less than two months since Toyota launched the bZ4X, its first mass-produced all-electric SUV, but the Japanese automaker has now initiated a global recall for the vehicle.

Toyota said the issue is due to the bZ4X’s wheels, which may fall off because of a problem with the bolts that connect them to the vehicle.
 
The recall is an early roadblock for Toyota, which has framed the bZ4X as a vehicle designed to take on market leaders like the Tesla Model Y. But while the Model Y has also been subjected to several recalls over the past months, most of them were software-based, which meant they could be fixed through an over-the-air update. 

 

As noted in a Financial Times report, about 2,700 bZ4X units were affected by the recent recall. Among this number, around 2,200 are in Europe, 280 in North America, 110 in Japan and 60 in the rest of the Asian region. Fortunately, most of the recalled vehicles have not been delivered to customers yet. 

 

Toyota said it is still investigating the cause of the bZ4X’s defect, though it has urged owners who have already taken delivery of the all-electric SUV not to drive their EVs until the issue has been repaired. So far, no injuries or incidents related to the recall have been reported.

 

“We are examining if tightening the bolts will solve the problem, or if any change in components is needed,” Toyota said.

 

The bZ4X is expected to blaze the trail for Toyota’s EV efforts. While late to the all-electric race, Toyota pledged to invest $35 billion to roll out 30 battery-electric vehicles by 2030. Considering the...


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