Toyota BZ4X and Subaru Solterra recalled for loose wheels
Toyota is recalling the BZ4X, its first mass-produced global electric vehicle, due to an elevated risk that the wheels might come off the car. The codeveloped Subaru Solterra is also included in the recall, as per a Reuters report on Wednesday.
According to Japan’s safety agency, spontaneous braking or sharp turns may cause a wheel bolt to get loose, which could lead to the wheel breaking free. In Japan, the country where the two automakers are based, there have been no reported injuries as a result of the flaw.
There are 2,700 BZ4X and 2,600 Solterra models covered by the recall. Only 280 of those cars—the majority of which were destined for European markets—were sent to the United States and Canada.
A spokesperson for Subaru said that none of the Solterras that were recalled had been shipped to customers in the United States, and Toyota said that not all models were included in the recall. The lack of recall announcements by the NHTSA suggests that no Americans have yet received the faulty vehicles.
Though it will have little of an effect, the recall of the companies’ first large-scale electric vehicles, which occurred less than two months after the launch date, may worry some dealers. This is especially true considering that the electric crossovers came to market after several other electric crossovers, including the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Tesla Model Y.
Even so, recalls for brand-new cars, let alone those with brand-new electric engines, are not unheard of. Ford had to recall the Mach-E last month due to a software flaw that could have been fixed with an over-the-air update, something Tesla has done with the Model Y numerous times. The Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 were recalled by Hyundai and Kia last month due to a rollaway risk that affected close to 20,000 models.
Toyota is looking into what caused the bolt to come loose.