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Toyota recalls electric bZ4X over concerns wheels could COME OFF – MSN


Toyota has confirmed it will recall 2,700 examples of its first mass-produced electric vehicle – the bZ4X – because of a fault that could result in wheels coming loose.

The world’s largest automaker by sales submitted the recall of the plug-in SUVs to Japan’s transportation ministry on Thursday. 

Of the 2,700 vehicles, 2,200 were earmarked for Europe, 260 for the United States, 20 for Canada and 110 for Japan, the company said. 

The bZ4X is already available to order in the UK, with prices starting from £41,169. Customers in Britain have not yet taken delivery of their orders, with Toyota UK saying all models affected will be rectified before arriving.



Toyota's EV issue: Japanese brand confirms it will recall 2,700 examples of its first mass-produced electric vehicles - the bZ4X (pictured) - because of a risk wheels might loosen and potentially come off


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Toyota’s EV issue: Japanese brand confirms it will recall 2,700 examples of its first mass-produced electric vehicles – the bZ4X (pictured) – because of a risk wheels might loosen and potentially come off

Subaru has also confirmed it will recall some 2,600 units of the Solterra, its first all-electric vehicle that is the sister model to the bZ4X having been jointly developed with Toyota, for the same reason.

Japan’s safety regulator said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel coming off the vehicle. 

However, it added that it is not aware of any accidents being caused by the defect.

The regulator advised drivers to stop using the vehicle until a more ‘permanent’ repair measure was in place.

All of the cars recalled in Japan had not yet been delivered to customers as they were meant for test drives and display, spokespeople of the automakers said.

‘We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this causes you,’ Toyota said on its website. 

‘We would have repaired it as soon as possible, but we are investigating the details.’

A Toyota spokesperson said not every model was subjected to the recall but declined to say how many it has built overall.



Japan's safety regulator said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel detaching from the vehicle


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Japan’s safety regulator said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel detaching from the vehicle



The Toyota bZ4X SUV has a range of between 257 and 317 miles depending on the model


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The Toyota bZ4X SUV has a range of between 257 and 317 miles depending on the model

For Subaru, most of the vehicles were for dealers and none were delivered to customers in the US, a Subaru spokesperson said.

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The recall comes less than two months after Toyota, a relative latecomer to the EV market, rolled out the electric SUV, bZ4X, to the domestic market, albeit as a lease-only option.



Code red: Those who have already ordered a bZ4X electric SUV have been assured their motors will not have the issue when they are delivered from later this year


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Code red: Those who have already ordered a bZ4X electric SUV have been assured their motors will not have the issue when they are delivered from later this year

What you need to know about the Toyota bZ4X 

by Ray Massey for the Daily Mail 

The bZ in its name is supposed to stand for ‘beyond zero’ — highlighting its green credentials. 

Will it fit in my garage? Toyota bZ4X 

Doors: 5

On sale: now

Price: from £41,950 to £51,550

Propulsion: pure electric

Emissions: Zero

Length: 4,690mm

Width: 1,860mm

Height: 1,600mm

Wheelbase: 2,640mm

Battery: 71.4kWh

Charging to 80%: 30 minutes

Range: 257 to 317 miles 

0 to 62mph: 6.9 seconds

Top speed: 100mph

How do we pronounce this ‘bZ’? Buzz? It marks the start of Toyota’s sub-brand for zero emission vehicles. 

It’s handy timing for a new electric car, as petrol hits the £2-a-litre mark and filling up an average car crashes through the £100 barrier. 

Even rocketing electricity charges won’t match that. 

Charging to 80 per cent takes 30 minutes and it has a range of between 257 and 317 miles depending on the model. 

With a 71.4kWh battery, the all-wheel drive version with two electric motors developing 215bhp accelerates from rest to 62mph in 6.9 seconds. 

The 201bhp front-wheel drive does it in 7.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 100mph. 

The new electric five-door SUV is priced from £41,950 for the front-wheel drive, base-level Pure trim, up to £51,550 for all-wheel drive Premiere Edition. 

Other trim levels between are Motion and Vision. 

Trim dependent options include a panoramic roof (£540), 20 in alloy wheels (£490) and metallic paint (from £600).

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