Toyota formally unveiled the bZ4X in April of this year, announcing a $42,000 starting price for the country’s first all-electric car in a very long time. The bZ4X electric SUV was previously presented by the Japanese carmaker last year, but a key component was still missing: the US price.
A possibility that the wheels may come loose led Toyota Motor Corp to announce on June 16 that it would withdraw 2,700 of its inaugural EVs for the world market. ThebZ4X SUVs recall was announced to Japan’s transportation ministry by the largest automaker in the world by sales. Of the 2,700 vehicles, the business stated that 2,200 were destined for Europe, 20 for Canada, 110 for Japan and 260 for the United States.
Subaru Corporation also said that it was recalling 2,600 Solterra vehicles worldwide for the same issue. The Solterra is the company’s first all-electric vehicle that it co-developed with Toyota. The possibility of a wheel falling off the car is increased, according to Japan’s safety regulator, because of rapid corners and abrupt braking that could lead to a hub bolt loosening. They said that they were not cognizant of any accidents being brought on by the flaw.
Until a more “permanent” repair solution was put in place, the authority advised drivers to discontinue using the vehicle. According to carmaker representatives, none of the vehicles that were withdrawn in Japan had actually been shipped to customers as they were just meant for test drives and demonstrations.
Toyota apologized on its website, saying, “We truly regret any difficulty this may have caused you. We’re looking into the specifics, but we would have fixed it as soon as we could. While declining to disclose the total number of vehicles it has produced, a Toyota representative claimed that not all of its models were included in the recall.
According to a spokeswoman for Subaru, the majority of the cars were shipped to dealers and no one in the United States received them.
The recall was announced under 2 months after automotive giant, an EV market relative latecomer, launched the electric SUV, bZ4X, on the domestic market, although as a lease-only choice. A promotional test-drive event that was scheduled for three Japanese cities by Toyota’s leasing division, KINTO, has been canceled due to safety concerns.
Some investors, as well as environmental organizations, have criticized Toyota for taking too long to transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles and toward electric vehicles (EVs). The business has rebuffed criticism time and time again by stating that it is essential to provide a range of powertrains to cater to various markets and customers.
In Toyota’s home market, gasoline-electric hybrid models continue to be much more popular than EVs, which, according to industry data, made up just 1% of passenger vehicle sales in Japan last year. The market is still expanding quickly, and overseas automakers like Tesla Inc. are becoming more apparent on the streets of major cities like Tokyo.