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Toyota is recalling 2,700 of its first fully electric mass-produced automobiles due to the possibility that its wheels could come off. Following Mercedes and Ford, the automotive industry behemoth is the most recent automaker to recall one of its models for engine or technical issues.
According to a spokeswoman, after “low-mileage use,” fasteners on the bZ4X’s wheels “may loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle,” necessitating a recall to address the issues before more widespread distribution and potential casualty issues.
Before the recall, less than two months had passed since the automobile was introduced in Japan. Subaru, a car manufacturer, recently said it would recall 403 electric vehicles it co-developed with Toyota for the same reason.
Toyota announced in a statement, Toyota announced that 2,700 bZ4X SUVs in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan had been subject to a safety recall.
A spokeswoman added, “If a wheel separates from the vehicle while it is moving, it could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the danger of a crash.”
They continued, “Until the repair is done, no one should operate these cars.”
A Toyota spokeswoman declined to say how many vehicles the business had produced, despite the fact that some bZ4X models had not yet been recalled. However, Toyota stated that the issue had been reported to the Japanese safety authorities on Thursday and that the root cause was “still under investigation.”
Subaru, another Japanese automaker, recently announced that it was recalling 403 of the Solterra, its first all-electric vehicle that was created in collaboration with Toyota, due to worries about loose fasteners. The company did not immediately answer a request for comment from the BBC.
Compared to competing automakers like Tesla, which introduced its first electric vehicle 14 years ago, Toyota is seen as a relative newcomer to the market for electric vehicles. It introduced the bZ4X last month in Japan. Toyota stated earlier this year that the automobile was only offered as a lease “to allay customer worries regarding residual battery performance, maintenance and residual value.”
Due to a lack of computer chips and supply difficulties brought on by the epidemic, the business announced this week that it would reduce the number of vehicles it planned to produce next month by 50,000 to 800,000.
Even while Toyota now plans to produce 9.7 million automobiles worldwide this year, it has hinted that it might have to reduce that goal.