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Car manufacturer Toyota is withdrawing 2,700 mass-produced all-electric cars due to fears that the wheels might fall off.
A company spokesperson told the BBC 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 of vehicle models is done within two months after they go on sale in Japan. Subaru also states the same grounds behind its recall of 403 electric vehicles it built with Toyota.
Toyota announced that 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.”
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But some bZ4X models are allegedly not included in the recall. The spokesperson didn’t immediately respond when asked for comment on how many vehicles are actually 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 entered the electric vehicle market way after other car manufacturers like Tesla, which released its first fully-electric cars 14 years ago.
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 its car production by 50,000 to 800,000 due to the shortage in computer chips and supply disruptions caused by 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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