Toyota Motor said Thursday it would recall 2,700 of its first mass-produced electric vehicles (EVs) from the global market due to the risk that the wheels could come off.
According to Reuters, the carmaker has filed the recall of the bZ4X SUVs with the Japanese Ministry of Transport. Of the 2,700 vehicles, 2,200 were destined for Europe, 260 for the United States, 20 for Canada and 110 for Japan, the company said.
Subaru also said Thursday that it is recalling about 2,600 units of the Solterra, the first EV co-developed with Toyota, worldwide for the same reason.
The Japanese safety authority said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, increasing the risk of a wheel coming loose from the vehicle. He says he is not aware of any accidents caused by the defect.
The regulator advised drivers to stop using the vehicle until a more “permanent” repair measure was in place.
All the cars recalled in Japan had not yet been delivered to customers because they were intended for test drives and exhibitions, spokespersons for the carmakers told Reuters.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you,” Toyota said on its website. “We would have fixed it as soon as possible, but we are investigating the details.”
A Toyota spokesperson told Reuters that not every model was recalled, but declined to say how many it has built in total.
For Subaru, most of the vehicles were destined for dealers and none were delivered to customers in the US, a spokesman told Reuters.
The recall came less than two months after Toyota, a relatively latecomer to the EV market, rolled out the electric SUV, bZ4X, domestically, albeit as a lease-only option.
Toyota’s unit offering the leases, KINTO, has canceled promotional test drives in three Japanese cities due to safety precautions, the report said.