Why Is Toyota Recalling Its BZ4X Electric SUVs?

If you are driving Toyota’s newest electric model SUV, the automobile company is asking customers to return the car over issues with the wheel that could make it detach while driving.

The world’s largest automaker by sales submitted the recall of 2,700 bZ4X models to Japan’s transportation ministry to enable them to work on the fault.

Of the vehicles recalled, a total of 2200 were earmarked for Europe, 260 for the United States, 10 for Canada and 110 for Japan.

“Until the remedy is available, no one should drive these vehicles … If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.” the company said in a statement.

The recall comes less than two months after the car was launched in Japan.

Toyota said it had notified Japanese safety regulators about the defect on Thursday and the cause of the issue was “still under investigation,” as reported by the BBC.

The car was only available on lease in Japan “to eliminate customer concerns regarding residual battery performance, maintenance and residual value,” Toyota said earlier this year.

This week, the company said it would cut 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.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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