If at first you don't succeed, order a second recall. The RAV4 goes back into the shop.
Toyota's efforts to overcome concern about quality and safety could take a hit after word of its latest recalls.
On Monday, Toyota and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration cited three separate voluntary recalls, involving a total of 1,015,259 vehicles built between 2006 and 2011. The recalls were only the latest in a long list by the Japanese auto giant.
The first recall is not only one of the year's larger safety-related recalls, but it also marks the second time the Japanese giant will attempt to fix a problem with the rear suspensions on 780,000 crossovers and hybrids that could lead to a crash.
Toyota found that a fix it put in place in August 2012 didn't solve the problem and will have to recall the vehicles again.
The two vehicles covered by the latest service action are the 2010 Lexus HS 250 hybrid and the 2006 through 2011 Toyota RAV4 crossover, the latter one of the maker's most popular models.
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The original problem involved a wobbling rear suspension arm that could, over time, rust out. That could lead to a suspension failure and, in a worst-case scenario, a crash. The maker has since discovered that the nuts it used to adjust the alignment of the rear wheels on the two vehicles during the August 2012 recall were not tightened properly.
The maker has notified the NHTSA it will now have to recall the same 780,000 vehicles to inspect for damage. The nuts will now be properly tightened and Toyota will take the additional step of sealing the rear lower suspension arms with an epoxy coating designed to prevent corrosion.