It’s only 700 vehicles from the 2019 model year, but the voluntary recall issued by Toyota today involves the possibility of the rear wheels falling off. That seems a little more concerning than having your Prius go into limp mode.
The issue with the C-HR lies in its rear axle hub bearing bolts, one or more of which may not have received a proper tightening at the factory. Should they come loose while on the road, the C-HR could end up a three-wheeler.
In a masterful bit of understatement, Toyota’s recall stated that loosened axle bearing bolts could lead to rear brake damage or a detached wheel, “resulting in reduced brake performance or a potential loss of vehicle stability. This could increase the risk of a crash.”
Given that there’s no stop-sale order mentioned, it would seem this batch of vehicles has already made it into the hands of customers. Once notified (starting in early November), affected owners can have their C-HR’s rear end examined at the dealer, which may decide to replace the axle hub bearing assembly if bolts are found to be loose.
A perusal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s complaints page shows no mention of consumer troubles or accidents associated with the 2019 C-HR. Worried your front-drive subcompact CUV might be among those afflicted? Visit toyota.com/recall and type in your VIN.
Elsewhere in the Toyota lineup, some 807,000 Prius vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. in order to receive a software update. The vehicles, which were already recalled in 2014 and 2015, can unexpectedly go into “failsafe mode” (aka limp mode) while underway. The recall impacts the 2010-2014 Prius and 2012-2014 Prius V.
Moving up in size, some 168,000 Toyota Sequoia and Tundra vehicles from the 2018 and 2019 model years, as well as a number of 2019 Avalons, were recalled late last week to fix improperly programmed airbag electronic control units. In the event of a crash, the side, side curtain, front, and knee airbags (all, or a combination thereof) might not deploy.