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Toyota recalls 2,700 faulty wheel electric motors that can come loose


Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles worldwide for detachable wheel bolts, in a major setback for the Japanese carmaker’s ambitions to roll out electric cars.

Toyota Motor said on Friday the cause was still being investigated, but the entire wheel could come off and a collision occurred.

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

Of the vehicles subject to the latest recall, 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 were manufactured 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 range.

Toyota plans to have 30 EV models by 2030 and sell 3.5 million electric vehicles worldwide that year. Toyota is also investing 2 trillion yen ($ 17.6 billion or nearly Rs. 130 crore)) in battery research and development to achieve such goals.

The “bz” in the recalled model’s name, as well as others in the works, stand for an “beyond zero” range, including sports utility vehicles of all sizes, pickups and sports cars, according to Toyota.

The maker of the Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models has been seen by some critics as a laggard in pushing electric vehicles, in part because it has 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 over inflation and the war in Ukraine, and people around the world are becoming more aware of climate change and the environment.


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