Toyota has announced the recall of its first electric crossover bZ4X, which entered the market just a couple of months ago. 2,700 units needed repair because of a dangerous wheel defect: 2,200 in Europe, 260 in the U.S., 110 in Japan, and another 10 in Canada, according to Reuters. Subaru, which produces the Solterra twin crossover developed with Toyota, has also joined the action – about 2,600 units will be sent to the service.
The reason for the paired recall is a manufacturing error, due to which the wheels of the crossovers may fall off. According to the Japanese regulator, sharp turns and sudden braking can lead to this: because of them, the hub bolts may loosen, the wheels will start to wobble, and may eventually fly off the axle.
So far, there has been no information about accidents related to the defect. However, the regulator does not recommend owners of bZ4X and Solterra use their crossovers until they are repaired.
However, in Japan, this recommendation is useless: all cars recalled in the homeland of the brands were intended for test drives and demonstrations, Toyota and Subaru assured. The same applies to all copies of Solterra delivered to the USA. According to a Toyota representative, the action did not affect all the cars built, but he did not disclose the total volume of production.
Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra unified with it debuted in serial status last fall. Electric cars are similar in appearance, share one platform (e-Subaru Global Platform, aka “Toyota” e-TNGA), and have a top-end twin-engine power plant developed by Subaru and all-wheel drive. The total output of the engines is 217 horsepower, and the power reserve with a battery capacity of 71.4 kilowatt-hours is 460 kilometers.