Toyota restarts production of first EV after resolving safety issues

TOKYO, October 7 (Nikkei) –
Toyota Motor said it will restart production of its first electric vehicle, the bZ4X, on Thursday after fixing potential safety issues that had halted sales of the new battery-powered model for more than three months.

Japan’s biggest carmaker, a laggard in the EV market, recalled 2,700 bZ4Xs globally in June after discovering there was a risk of the car’s wheels coming loose.

Toyota’s fifth-owned Subaru also had to withdraw units from the related Solterra model, which it co-developed with Toyota.

A recall notice sent to Japan’s transport ministry by Toyota in June said that sharp turns and sudden braking could cause the hub bolt to loosen, increasing the risk of the wheel detaching from the vehicle.

On Thursday, the automaker said in a document to the ministry that it will ensure that the hub bolts are replaced and properly tightened in new versions of the bZ4X.
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