Toyota is recalling 2,700 electric cars produced between March and June because of defective wheels that can become detached

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Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles worldwide over wheel bolts that could come loose, in a major setback to the Japanese automaker’s ambitions to bring electric cars to market.

Toyota Motor said on Friday the cause is still under investigation, but the whole wheel could come off and risk an accident.

“Until the cure is available, no one should drive these vehicles,” the company said in a statement.

Among the vehicles subject to the latest recall, about 2,200 were destined for Europe, 270 for North America, 112 for Japan and 60 for the rest of Asia, according to Toyota. They were produced between March and June.

The bZ4X, which went on sale about two months ago, is a key model in Toyota’s plans to strengthen its electric lineup.

Toyota plans to launch 30 EV models by 2030 and sell 3.5 million electric vehicles worldwide that year. Toyota is also investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion, or nearly 1.30 billion rupees) in battery research and development to achieve such goals.

The “bz” in the name of the recalled model, as well as others at the plants, stands for a “Beyond Zero” series that includes sport utility vehicles of all sizes, pickup trucks and sports cars, according to Toyota.

The maker of the Prius Hybrid and Lexus luxury models has been viewed by some critics as a latecomer in pushing electric vehicles, partly because it has been so optimistic and successful with other green technologies such as hybrids and fuel-efficient gas engines.

Demand for electric cars is expected to continue to rise, especially given the recent spike in gasoline prices amid concerns about inflation and the war in Ukraine, and people around the world are becoming more aware of climate change and the environment .



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