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Carmaker Toyota is withdrawing 2,700 mass-produced all-electric cars due to concerns about wheels that may fall off.
In an interview with the BBC, a company spokesperson said that the bolts on the bZ4X’s wheels “can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle” following a “low-mileage use.”
The recall is done within two months after the vehicles’ launch in Japan. Subaru also states the same grounds behind its recall of 403 electric vehicles it built with Toyota.
Toyota issued a statement on Friday saying it had executed a safety withdrawal for 2,700 bZ4X SUVs in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan.
“If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing risk of a crash,” said a spokesperson. “No one should drive these vehicles until the remedy is performed.”
However, some bZ4X models are allegedly not included in the recall. The spokesperson didn’t immediately respond when asked for comment on the number of vehicles manufactured by the company.
The carmaker stated that it had tapped Japanese safety regulators about the issue on Thursday and the cause of the defect was “still under investigation.”
Toyota entered the electric vehicle market way after other car manufacturers like Tesla, which released its first electric vehicles 14 years ago, while Toyota launched bZ4X last month.
The vehicle was only available on lease “to eliminate customer concerns regarding residual battery performance, maintenance, and residual value,” according to the company in early 2022.
Toyota said it would reduce the number of cars it wants to develop next month by 50,000 to 800,000 due to a shortage of computer chips and supply disruptions because of the pandemic.
While the carmaker now targets to build 9.7 million vehicles globally this year, it has hinted that it may be coerced to decrease the number.
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