Toyota has found a problem in the design of a new electric car with a difficult to pronounce name bZ4X. On Thursday, the manufacturer announced a widespread recall of the car due to a potentially deadly defect that could cause the wheels to fall off while driving at speed. This is reported by Engadget.
Of the 2,700 cars recalled, 2,000 are in the European market, 260 in the United States, 110 in Japan and 20 in Canada. The company urges owners to park their cars immediately and not to continue using them until a more “permanent” solution is found.
“No one should drive these vehicles until the remedy is performed. After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle. If a wheel detaches from the vehicle while driving, it could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. The cause of the issue and the driving patterns under which this issue could occur are still under investigation,” Toyota said in a statement.
Subaru is also recalling about 2,600 Solterra electric cars. They are functionally identical to bZ4X and were manufactured at the same factory. It is unknown when Toyota engineers will be able to solve the problem.