Toyota has announced the recall of 2,700 bZ4X electric vehicles, roughly all of which have been released to date (although most have not been delivered), due to the possibility of wheel loss.
bZ4X is Toyota’s first global electric car. Toyota has released an electric SUV in the US earlier this year at a starting price of $ 42,000.
This is a very important car for the Japanese automaker as it will open the door to the global EV market for the Toyota brand for the first time.
Unfortunately, this is not so good, as Toyota has confirmed that it is recalling all electric vehicles due to a hub problem that could result in wheel loss:
After use with low mileage all the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can separate from the car. If the wheel comes off the car while driving, it can lead to loss of control of the car, which increases the risk of an accident. The cause of the problem and the directions in which the problem may arise are still being investigated.
Toyota is asking owners not to drive their vehicles until the investigation is completed and an official recall is issued. The automaker has revealed that it affects 2,200 traveling to Europe, 260 to the US, 110 to Japan and 20 to Canada – most of the affected vehicles have not yet been delivered to customers because the car is very new.
While this is a failure, some recalls are always expected at the start of production of new cars, and thankfully it looks like Toyota caught this earlier than most of these cars will be delivered.
Hopefully Toyota will be able to solve this problem quickly and we will see a good increase in bZ4X supplies during the second half of the year.
Given the specs and price, I think the bZ4X could become popular if Toyota makes it available in a fairly large volume.
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