Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for wheel bolts, a major blow to the Japanese automaker’s ambition to roll out electric cars.
Toyota Motor said on Friday that the cause was still being investigated, but the entire wheel could come off, raising the risk of an accident.
“Until the remedy is available, no one should be driving these vehicles,” the company said in a statement.
According to Toyota, of the vehicles subject to the latest recall, there were about 2,200 for Europe, 270 for North America, 112 for Japan and the rest 60 for Asia. These were produced between March and June.
The bZ4X, which went on sale about two months ago, is a flagship model of Toyota’s plan 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 or about Rs 130 crore) in battery research and development to achieve such goals.
According to Toyota, the “BZ” in the recalled model name, as well as in other works, stands for the “Beyond Zero” series, which includes sports-utility vehicles, pickup trucks and sportscars of all sizes.
The maker of the Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models has been seen by some critics as a straggler in pushing for electric vehicles, partly because it has been so fast and successful with other green technologies, such as hybrids and fuel cells, as well. has been Efficient gas engine.
Amid concerns about inflation and war in Ukraine, especially with the recent soaring gas prices, demand for electric cars is expected to increase, and people around the world to become more aware of climate change and the environment. went.