Toyota is recalling electric cars for damaged wheels that may come loose
Toyota is recalling electric cars for damaged wheels that may come loose

Toyota is recalling electric cars for damaged wheels that may come loose

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TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for loose wheel bolts, in a major setback for the Japanese automaker’s ambitions to launch an electric car.

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday the cause was still under investigation, but all the wheels could come off, risking an accident.

“Until the cure is available, no one should drive these vehicles,” the company said in a statement.

Among the vehicles recalled last, about 2,200 were destined for Europe, 270 for North America, 112 for Japan and 60 for the rest of Asia, according to Toyota. They are produced between March and June.

The bZ4X, which went on sale about two months ago, is a key model in Toyota’s plans to strengthen its electric lineup.

Toyota plans to have 30 EV models by 2030, selling 3.5 million electric vehicles globally that year. Toyota is also investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) in battery research and development to achieve this goal.

The “bz” in the recalled model name, as well as others in the works, stands for the “beyond zero” series, including sports vehicles of all sizes, pickup trucks and sports cars, according to Toyota.

The makers of the luxury Prius hybrid and Lexus models have been seen by some critics as lost in pushing electric vehicles, in part because they have been so bullish, and successful, in other green technologies, such as hybrids and fuel cells, as well as efficient gas engines.

Demand for electric cars is expected to continue to grow, especially with gas prices soaring recently, amid concerns about inflation and war in Ukraine, and people around the world are becoming more aware about climate change and the environment.

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Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

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