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Toyota recalls the first mass-produced EV, overcoming the risk of loose wheels

Toyota Motor Thursday, 2,700 for the the first mass-produced electric vehicle for the global market Announced that it will recall the vehicle. There is a risk of the wheel loosening.

The world's largest automaker by sales has submitted a recall ofbZ4XSUVto the Japanese Ministry of Transport. Of the 2,700 vehicles, 2,200 were assigned to Europe, 260 to the United States, 20 to Canada, and 110 to Japan, according to the company.

Subaru also said that for the same reason, has globally recalled about 2,600 units of Solterra, the first all-electric vehicle co-developed with Toyota.

Japanese safety regulators have stated that sharp curves and brakes can loosen hub bolts and increase the risk of wheels coming off the vehicle.  stated that he was unaware of the accident caused by the defect.

Regulatory advised drivers to stop using the vehicle until more "permanent" repairs are taken.

Toyota bZ4X
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All cars recalled in Japan are still delivered A car maker spokesman who wasn't telling the customer because they were intended for a test drive and exhibition.

"We apologize for any inconvenience," Toyota said on its website. "We should have repaired it as soon as possible, but we are investigating the details."

 A Toyota spokesman said that not all models were subject to recall. I mentioned, but I didn't say how many models were manufactured as a whole.

In the case of Subaru, most vehicles were for dealers and were not delivered to US customers, a Subaru spokeswoman said.

The recall will take place within two months after Toyota, which is relatively late in the EV market, launches the electric SUV, bZ4X, in the domestic market, but it is a lease-only option.

Toyota unit KINTO, which provides leasing, has canceled a promotional test drive event planned in three cities in Japan for safety reasons.

Toyota has been criticized by some investors and environmental groups for phasing out petrol cars and not acting fast enough to replace them with EVs. It has been. The

company repeatedly opposed criticism, arguing that it needed to offer different drivetrains for different markets and customers.

Gasoline and electric hybrid models are much more popular in Toyota's domestic market than EVs, which make up only 1% of passenger cars sold in Japan last year, based on industry data.

Still, the market is growing rapidly, with foreign automakers, including Tesla , making visible intrusions into the streets of cities such as Tokyo.