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Recall of the recall of the recall(4.3 rear suspension arms)

3rd time's the charm? Going to replace them this time...and epoxy them in place again.
August 14, 2016 — Toyota is recalling 337,000 cars and SUVs for the third time for the same problem, except this time dealers will use a different repair procedure on the vehicles.

The 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles were first recalled in 2012 after a federal investigation into rear suspension arm assembly failures on both the left and right sides. Some owners said the failures occurred while driving and caused the vehicles to go out of control.

Toyota blamed the problem on rear suspension arm nuts not tightened to specification that allowed excessive play at the threaded part of the arm. Rust would then build up causing the rear suspension arm to separate.

The repairs sounded good to owners until September 2013 when Toyota said the vehicles were recalled again for the same problem. That recall had dealers fixing 780,000 model year 2006-2011 RAV4 and model year 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles.

Dealers were told to inspect the tie rods and replace any that had rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. Then all rear tie rods were encased in an epoxy to prevent future damage.

By this time owners have to be tired of the routine but Toyota says the 337,000 cars and SUVs this time will have both rear suspension arm assemblies replaced, then an epoxy will be applied to prevent the arms from moving around.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't released additional recall details such as when the recall will begin, but owners can always contact Toyota at 800-331-4331. will update this page when more information is available about the recall of the Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h.
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Don't let them do it! You won't be able to adjust them. If your rear alignment is off, the arms will need to be replaced AGAIN, on your dime.

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I agree with JuneBug - allowing Toyota to employ their Band-Aid fix will eliminate the ability to adjust alignment later, and with many vehicles it is quite possible for them be become out of alignment even after having previously supposedly been aligned to manufacturer's specs. Perhaps it would be possible to spray the threads with anti-rust paint which still would allow for adjustment.

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Just got my recall remedy letter yesterday (Canada). Any one else? I will deff be getting this done since the previous owner had the epoxy applied and my alignment is now out of spec. This will at least I can get it back in spec for a while to save my new tires. I will for sure be asking for the alignment report when it is performed.
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If only you could get the new parts but no epoxy.....that would be ideal. I may look into the parts/labor/alignment cost out of my pocket (minus the epoxy.)

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