Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. has announced a voluntary safety recall involving 2006 to early 2011 model year RAV4 and 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h vehicles sold in the United States.
No other Toyota or Lexus models are involved.
The recall applies to about 760,000 Toyota RAV4s and 18,000 Lexus HS 250h hybrid vehicles.
"Toyota has determined that if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure and torque specification during a rear wheel alignment service, excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust formation," according to a statement issued by Toyota. "If this were to occur, the threaded portion of the rear suspension arm may wear and cause the arm to separate."
Toyota is working on a fix.
"Once the remedy is available, we will send a notification letter by first class mail advising owners to make an appointment with an authorized Toyota or Lexus dealer to have the remedy performed at no charge," the statement says.
Detailed information and answers to questions are available online at www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall, or customers can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus at (800) 255-3987.