Toyota re-recalls 700,000 vehicles over suspension issue

Toyota is re-recalling more than 700,000 vehicles because of a suspension issue, after their initial fix didn't work.

The car manufacturer said the rear tie rod in more than 700-thousand 2006-2011 Rav 4's, and some 2010 Lexus HS 250h sedans, can fail causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Charlene York knows exactly what can happen when the suspension fails. She said she is lucky to be alive.

"The car, he couldn't control.  He ended up going across the passing lane and into the median," said York.

A tow truck took the car to a nearby Toyota dealer, who diagnosed the problem as a broken suspension part. This issue allowed the wheel to flop around without control.

But Charlene said just a few weeks earlier her Toyota dealer did a recall repair on that exact same suspension part.

"They said 'oh by the way, we also fixed your front rear suspension arm.  You'll get a letter in the mail, just ignore it. Go ahead, we took care of it,'" Charlene said.
       
A Toyota spokeswoman said they have received reports of several crashes and three injuries from this suspension failure, after the initial repair. But she says "re-recalls are not that uncommon."

If your vehicle is listed in the recall, make sure to check with your dealer to schedule a repair. No worries, the repair is free. View the safety recall here .

View more safety recalls at Recalls.gov .

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