- The bZ4X SUV had to be recalled after a suspension issue with the EV
- Additionally, the Subaru Solterra also had to be recalled since it uses the same EV architecture
- The Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra utilize the e-TNGA platform
Toyota’s first mass-produced electric car, the bZ4X SUV had to be recalled in June following the discovery of a suspension-related flaw wherein the wheels of the EV could literally come off whilst driving.
The revelation also meant that the Japanese automaker had to halt production of the bZ4X EV immediately. Fortunately, there’s some good news coming for the manufacturer as it has officially resumed production of the electric SUV starting this week after ensuring the issue doesn’t appear.
The issue also impacted the Subaru Solterra which leverages the same e-TNGA platform as the bZ4X. Overall, Toyota had to recall 2,700 bZ4X EVs while around 2,600 units of the Subaru Solterra were also recalled. Automotive News Europe reports that Toyota also fixed an issue related to the airbags on the bZ4X SUV, which were reportedly not installed correctly at the assembly unit.
It’s not really a good sign for Toyota’s first EV to face safety concerns almost immediately following its launch. Perhaps the launch was rushed to compete with the crowded American EV segment, which includes mainstays like Tesla, Rivian, and Volkswagen, to name a few. The June recall has no doubt dented consumer confidence in the company’s first EV. So Toyota will have its task cut out to convince customers that the bZ4X is safe to drive.
Is the Toyota bZ4X coming to India?
Unfortunately, Toyota hasn’t shared information on an Indian release of the EV. However, the company is collaborating with fellow Japanese manufacturer Suzuki for an India-centric EV, though we don’t have an estimated arrival date for this electric car.