Toyota bZ4x production restarts after safety issue


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After solving an issue that affected 2700 bZ4x models globally, Toyota has restarted the production of its first electric car.

Toyota has confirmed production will restart today of its bZ4x which is destined for Australia late this year (2022). The restart comes after a three-month stoppage over concerns the wheels could fall off while driving.

Toyota submitted a recall order to Japan’s safety regulator in June, noting that sudden braking could cause a wheel hub bolt to detach and that sudden turns could exacerbate this risk.

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The stop order affected 2700 bZ4x examples globally, including 2600 Subaru Solterra models, and was made before deliveries began.

A spokesperson for Toyota GB (where 800 models were affected) told Automotive Daily Network partner Autocar that the 800 customers who made orders before the stop will now be contacted shortly to arrange a delivery date.

Talking about the original issue, a Toyota spokesman said in June: “After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel of the subject vehicles can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle.

“If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

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“The cause of the issue and the driving patterns under which this issue could occur are still under investigation.”

“No one should drive these vehicles until the remedy is performed.”

The latest filing to the ministry notes that this problem has now been solved and that hub bolts will be replaced and properly tightened on the bZ4x.

Toyota also stated it discovered and resolved an issue with airbags that were improperly installed from the factory.

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