Toyota RAV4 subject to NHTSA probe for rusting suspensions

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The NHTSA has opened a probe into possible corrosion and failure of rear suspension arms of the Toyota RAV4. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into possible rust corrosion in the rear suspension of 2006 to 2008 Toyota RAV4 crossovers. There are several other SUVs under other investigations, including the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Honda Pilot.

Rust never sleeps or escapes eye of NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Toyota RAV4 crossover SUVs, according to CBS, after receiving several complaints concerning failing control arms in the rear suspension of the vehicle. The failures seem to be caused by corrosion, a usual cause of which is rust, as often as not.

The NHTSA has, to date, received seven complaints of rear suspension control arm failure, which have occurred on both right and left sides of the vehicle in the complaints. There do not appear to have been any accidents or injuries caused by a control arm failure, according to the New York Times, but four incidents occurred while driving at 35 miles per hour or faster.

For model years 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota sold 461,812 RAV4 crossovers.

Second probe of that model

The RAV4 is the subject of another ongoing NHTSA probe as well, which was announced in February of this year. That probe, according to Fox News, is only for the 2007 RAV4 and also includes that model year of the Toyota Camry. The number of affected vehicles in that probe is upward of 830,000 vehicles, as Toyota sold 473,108 Camry sedans and 172,752 RAV4 crossovers. The Camry is the best-selling mid-size sedan in America and the RAV4 is a very popular crossover.

That probe is concerning a fault in the power window switch, which allegedly has sparked a fire in the interior of the cars. The NHTSA had received six complaints of fires in Camry and RAV4 vehicles as of February, though no injuries or accidents were reported as taking place as a result.

Other vehicles being looked at

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NHTSA has launched probes into three other SUVs, though not for the same cause as the RAV4. The agency is also looking into issues that have been reported in 2005 model year Honda Pilot SUVs, allegedly for a malfunction in the stability control system, leading to involuntary application of the brakes. The first complaint was lodged in 2006 and 10 have been made in the past year. Overall, 35 complaints were made regarding the 2005 Honda Pilot SUVs.

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The GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, according to Inside Line, are being probed for complaints of headlamps overheating and causing headlights to stop working while low-beams are engaged. Between April of 2008 and May of this year, the NHTSA has received 415 complaints of losing headlights in low beam in those crossovers. General Motors asserts no accidents or injuries have resulted from the phenomenon.



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