The Basics: Toyota is recalling certain RAV4 models for the third time. It’s over rear suspension problems on both 2006-2011 RAV4s and 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles involved in an older 2013 recall. The recall involves 337,000 vehicles which includes both models. Toyota fixed them one way, but now wants to do it another way.
The Issue: Toyota originally recalled the vehicles to fix a rust problem. The nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment could be improperly tightened during service, allowing rust to build on suspension arm threads. The problem could cause the rear tie rod to fail and “could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Toyota originally fixed it by replacing the suspension arm. But now Toyota says dealers will replace both rear suspension arm assemblies with new ones, for free, and will apply an epoxy to prevent arm adjustment during service visits.
Accidents/Injuries: The suspension problem had caused nine crashes resulting in three injuries and no deaths as of September 2012 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation. There were 131 owner complaints and 339 warranty claims, according to documents filed with the agency.
The Fix: The company will be sending letters to all known owners to alert them of the new suspension arm fix.
The Basics: Honda is recalling 11,846 2016 Civic Coupes because of a rear light problem,
The Issue: Affected vehicles may have been assembled with an inoperable LED side marker light, due to a damaged circuit board. Honda discovered the problem during routine vehicle inspections at the factory, but says it hasn’t received any owner complaints.
“If a side marker light does not function, vehicle visibility can be decreased to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash,” recall documents warn.
The issue also makes the vehicles non-compliant with federal safety regulations regarding lighting systems.
The Fix: Service technicians will inspect both taillight assemblies and replace both if necessary. The recall should start in early September.
The Basics: The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid is being recalled over a battery shut-off switch that may not work properly. It impacts 534 vehicles.
The Issue: The vehicles are equipped with a manual service disconnect switch that disconnects the high-voltage battery before servicing. In some cases, the switch was not installed properly and may not be locked in position. This increases the risk of a crash.
A GM quality manager discovered the problem during a scheduled ride. It prompted a deeper analysis that identified the assembly error. The company used OnStar to ping the entire fleet, taking voltage measurements to determine which vehicles left the factory without the switch properly locked.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the switch and correct the installation, as necessary, free of charge.
The Basics: BMW is recalling the 2015 M5 and M6, including the M6 coupe, Gran Coupe and convertible over a powertrain problem.
The Issue: The company first identified two driveshaft failures nearly a year ago. A third incident in January prompted a deeper inquiry.
“The affected vehicles have a driveshaft that may have been inadequately welded during manufacturing,” the NHTSA said in its recall summary. “Due to the improper weld, the driveshaft may fracture and fail, causing loss of drive to the rear wheels and a loss of propulsion.
It can also cause the vehicle to rollaway.
Accidents/Injuries: No accidents or injuries are linked to the recall, BMW told federal safety regulators.
The Fix: Service technicians will inspect the driveshaft and replace the component if it was manufactured with a botched weld.