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Japan’s Toyota is withdrawing 2,700 mass-produced all-electric cars from circulation due to fears that their wheels may fall off.
A company spokesperson, in an interview with the BBC, 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 vehicle 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 has issued 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, the spokesperson didn’t immediately respond when asked for comment on how many bZ4X models are 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 has come out with their own electric vehicle, which is now 14 years late to the party. Other car manufacturers like Tesla had already released theirs way before, 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 announced that the number of cars Toyota wants to develop next month had been reduced by 50,000 to 800,000 because there are not enough computer chips and supply disruptions due to 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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