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Toyota to Recall 760,000 RAV4 SUVs for Suspension Arm Fix

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp., which has worked to regain a reputation for vehicle quality after record numbers of recalls, is recalling almost 780,000 sport-utility vehicles and cars to fix a suspension arm that may rust and separate.

The recall covers 760,000 RAV4s, its top-selling SUV, from the 2006 to early 2011 model years, the company said in a statement today. The Toyota City, Japan-based automaker’s action also covers 18,000 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedans from the 2010 model year.

If nuts on the rear suspension arm aren’t tightened properly during alignment service, excessive play may result in rust, followed by wear and separation, Toyota said.

Customers will be notified by mail when a remedy is available, Toyota said. Repairs will be completed at Toyota and Lexus dealers at no charge, it said.

Toyota recalled 154,000 units of its 2010 Lexus RX SUVs in June to fix and replace mats that can slip out of position and interfere with accelerator pedals. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website the agency asked for that recall after learning of 97 reports of floor-mat interference with the accelerator pedal.

Toyota, Asia’s largest automaker, has increased quality checks and customer-complaint services after recalling more than 10 million cars and trucks worldwide following reports of unintended acceleration beginning in 2009.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net

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