US customers are being offered the chance to return new Toyota electric cars because the wheels could fall off.
US owners of the landmark Toyota BZ4X electric car affected by a safety recall are being offered a buy-back deal.
The refund is the next step in a recall program centred on 260 cars already delivered to customers.
The Toyota BZ4X, which is promised for Australia next year but already running three months late, can potentially suffer from a problem where the wheel hubs loosen to the point that a wheel can fall off.
As yet, Toyota does not have a solution to the problem.
“No-one should drive these vehicles until the remedy is performed,” Toyota USA said in a statement on its website.
In the new development, reported by the website Carscoops after an owner posted on Reddit, Toyota is adding a potential buy-back in addition to support that already runs to a loan vehicle, free fuel for the loan car, $US5000 towards repayments on their vehicle, and an extended warranty.
Exact details of the buy-back on the Toyota BZ4X, which is priced from $US42,000, are not clear despite one owner posting some information.
“The terms for the repurchase may vary, depending on your state and particular circumstances,” Toyota reportedly said.
As yet, there is no news from the USA on the effect of the Toyota buy-out offer on its Subaru twin — the Solterra — with reports that none of the 403 cars involved had been delivered to owners.