Toyota issues safety recall of Lexus crossover vehicles
MANILA, Philippines – Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMPC) is conducting a safety recall on certain Lexus NX crossover vehicles to verify spot welding near the shock mounting area.
“In line with its corporate commitment to product safety and quality, Toyota has launched a special service campaign related to spot welding on select Lexus NXs,” said Bernardino Arevalo, senior vice president of service operations at clientele in a letter to the Ministry of Trade and Commerce. Melquiades Marcus Valdez II, director of the Bureau of Protection and Defense of Consumers of Industry.
The recall is being carried out globally.
In the Philippines, the recall affects 28 Lexus NX HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) units produced from November 17, 2021 to January 14, 2022, as well as six Lexus NX units manufactured from November 15, 2021 to January 13. 2022.
Arevalo said the vehicles are made with body panels that are spot welded to the left and right front shock mounting areas.
Vehicles may be missing weld points.
In this condition, other spot welds around the front shock absorber may develop cracks.
Eventually, this can cause the front shock absorber to separate from the mounting area and affect the vehicle’s driving stability, increasing the risk of an accident.
“With this, we will inspect the welds near the shock mounting area of the covered vehicles,” Arevalo said.
If the vehicle was missing spot welds, TMPC would add welds and repair any damage.