RAV4 recall not for Australia
A HUGE recall of a Toyota model, sparked by serious incidents in the US, may go un-noticed by some Australian owners.
Six cases of a noisy suspension system — the first sign of a failure — and two cases where the suspension has separated from the car body have been reported in Australia.
Yet Toyota will not issue a recall.
The popular small SUV, the RAV4, is being recalled in the US to repair rear suspension joints that have come apart.
It affects more than three-quarters of a million vehicles.
But Toyota Australia says though it is aware of the eight cases, it won’t follow the US and issue a company recall.
Company spokesperson Beck Angel says North America is the only region in the world with a recall.
‘‘The rest of the regions — Japan, Oceania, Europe, Asia and others— will conduct a customer review,’’ she says.
‘‘North American dealers conduct a rear wheel alignment before the cars go to the customers. Other regions don’t do that.
‘‘So the problem is more likely in North America.
‘‘In Australia, the customer review is more precautionary.’’
Toyota says the problem is attributed to insufficient tightening of the rear suspension bolts.
No accidents attributable to the problem have been reported to Toyota.
Ms Angel says in Australia, 66,377 RAV4s, built from October 2005 to November 2010, are affected.
Toyota will notify owners by letter and request a vehicle inspection at a Toyota service centre.
Toyota Australia says the problem doesn’t warrant the status of an official safety recall as the cause is not related to a design or manufacturing defect.