Toyota recalls electric car for faulty wheel that could come loose: ‘No one should drive these vehicles’

Toyota is recalling 2,700 of its electric crossover vehicles due to wheel bolts that could become loose, causing the wheel to come off.

It is seen as a blow to the Japanese automaker’s efforts to roll out electric cars.

FILE – Visitors check a Toyota bZ4X concept electric vehicle (EV) during its world premiere on a media day for the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China April 19, 2021. (REUTERS / Aly Song / Reuters Photos)

The recall involves the automaker’s bZ4X crossover, which went on sale two months ago.

Toyota is till investigating the cause of the problem.

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

Toyota bZ4X all-electric SUV

FILE – 2023 Toyota bZ4X all-electric SUV is displayed during the 2021 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. (REUTERS / Mike Blake)

The global recall breaks down this way: 2,200 were destined for Europe, 270 for North America, 112 for Japan and 60 for the rest of Asia.

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The cars involved were produced between March and June.

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Toyota is planning to have 30 EV models by 2030, projecting sales of 3.5 million electric vehicles globally that year.

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With the rising price of gasoline and concerns about inflation and the war in Ukraine, the demand for electric cars is expected to grow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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