SA escapes giant US recall

2012-08-02 13:00

South African Toyota owners are safe from a recall of nearly 780 000 vehicles to fix a defect which could allow rust to form in the suspension to the point of failure.

While widely publicised, the recall affects only Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicles assembled between 2006 and 2011 - and only in the US.

Toyota US admitted of the US-built cars: "Toyota has determined that if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specifications during a rear wheel alignment service excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust.

"If this were to occur, the threaded portion of the rear suspension arm may wear and cause the arm to separate."


The manufacturer had to deal with a controversial and huge recall in 2009 and has since worked hard to regain its once stellar reputation.

Though the company had to work on its reputation during the economic crisis and the recent devastating Japanese tsunami, it managed to regain its position as the world’s No.1 automaker in the first quarter of 2012.

Toyota's latest sports car launched in SA.