Lexus HS250 Hybrid Recall, Toyota RAV4 Recall, Tie Rod Failure Danger

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
TOYOTA RAV4 2006-2011
Manufacturer: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.Mfr's Report Date: AUG 01, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V373000 NHTSA Action Number: PE12013
Potential Number of Units Affected: 778,000
 Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tire rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tire rod will cause an abrupt 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.
 Toyota is currently developing the remedy and will provide a notification schedule when it becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

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