Following a Week of Toyota Recalls, the C-HR Gets Its Turn

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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.

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  • Jmo2 Jmo2 on Oct 12, 2018

    To quote the great Ron White - “It fell off! It fell the f__k off!”

  • RSF RSF on Oct 12, 2018

    But I thought only Ford and GM vehicles had recalls. I thought Toyota and Honda built perfect vehicles that never need anything and can be driven forever without even changing the oil. LOL

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    • Gtem Gtem on Oct 14, 2018

      @Inside Looking Out "in the West (European part)" I'm talking about the Siberian part. " I had a hard time selling my Toyota when I left Russia – no one trusted Japanese cars." That's definitely not the case anywhere East of the Urals.

  • Lorenzo The unspoken killer is that batteries can't be repaired after a fender-bender and the cars are totaled by insurance companies. Very quickly, insurance premiums will be bigger than the the monthly payment, killing all sales. People will be snapping up all the clunkers Tim Healey can find.
  • Lorenzo Massachusetts - with the start/finish line at the tip of Cape Cod.
  • RHD Welcome to TTAH/K, also known as TTAUC (The truth about used cars). There is a hell of a lot of interesting auto news that does not make it to this website.
  • Jkross22 EV makers are hosed. How much bigger is the EV market right now than it already is? Tesla is holding all the cards... existing customer base, no dealers to contend with, largest EV fleet and the only one with a reliable (although more crowded) charging network when you're on the road. They're also the most agile with pricing. I have no idea what BMW, Audi, H/K and Merc are thinking and their sales reflect that. Tesla isn't for me, but I see the appeal. They are the EV for people who really just want a Tesla, which is most EV customers. Rivian and Polestar and Lucid are all in trouble. They'll likely have to be acquired to survive. They probably know it too.
  • Lorenzo The Renaissance Center was spearheaded by Henry Ford II to revitalize the Detroit waterfront. The round towers were a huge mistake, with inefficient floorplans. The space is largely unusable, and rental agents were having trouble renting it out.GM didn't know that, or do research, when they bought it. They just wanted to steal thunder from Ford by making it their new headquarters. Since they now own it, GM will need to tear down the "silver silos" as un-rentable, and take a financial bath.Somewhere, the ghost of Alfred P. Sloan is weeping.
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