Toyota recalls 2,600 bZ4X SUVs over loose wheels

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Toyota recalls 2,600 bZ4X SUVs over loose wheels

A spokesman told the BBC that bolts on the bZ 4 X's wheels can loosen to the point where the wheel can be removed from the vehicle after low-mileage use. Subaru also says it will recall 2,600 electric cars it developed with Toyota.

On Friday, Toyota said in a statement that it had issued a recall for 2,700 bZ 4 X SUVs in the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan.

A spokesman said that if a vehicle wheel detaches while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Some bZ 4 X models have not been recalled, according to the BBC. A Toyota spokesman wouldn't say anything about how many of the vehicle the company had manufactured.

Toyota has notified Japanese safety regulators about the defect on Thursday and the cause of the issue is still under investigation. Subaru, its first all-electric car, developed with Toyota, said it recalls 2,600 units of the Solterra, its first all-electric car, due to concerns over loose bolts. The BBC has not responded to a request for comment from the firm.

Toyota is viewed as a latecomer to the electric vehicle market, as compared to rival manufacturers like Tesla, which launched its first electric car 14 years ago.

It launched the bZ 4 X in Japan last month. The car was only available on lease to address customer concerns regarding residual battery performance, maintenance and residual value, Toyota said earlier this year.

The company said this week it would reduce the number of vehicles it plans to produce next month by 50,000 to 800,000 because of a shortage of computer chips and supply disruptions caused by the Pandemic.

Toyota has signalled that it may be forced to lower that number, even though it aims to make a total of 9.7 m vehicles around the world this year.