Toyota recalls 2,700 of its first mass-produced electric vehicles (EVs) for the global market. The world's largest automaker by sales submitted the recall of the bZ4X SUVs to Japan's transportation ministry. The recall is because of a risk the wheels could come loose.

Japan's safety regulator said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel coming off the vehicle. Subaru Corp (7270.T) also said Thursday it was globally recalling about 2,600 units of the Solterra, its first all-electric vehicle jointly developed with Toyota.

The regulator advised drivers to stop using the vehicle until a more "permanent" repair measure was in place. It said it was not aware of any accidents being caused by the defect. All of the cars recalled in Japan had not yet been delivered to customers as they were meant for test drives and display.

Subaru says most of the vehicles were for dealers and none were delivered to customers in the U.S. The recall comes less than two months after Toyota rolled out the electric SUV, bZ4X, to the domestic market. Toyota has been criticised for not acting quickly enough to phase out gasoline-powered cars and embrace EVs.
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