Montreal, Quebec – The Automobile Protection Association (APA) is investigating reports of failing front suspension control arm bolts on the 2006 to 2010 Toyota Yaris, apparently caused by corrosion.
The APA said that symptoms reported by consumers include a thumping noise after braking or going over a bump. The bolt eventually fails, which can permit excessive free play in the front suspension. The cost of the repair ranges from $100 to as much as $1,700 if the vehicle needs two control arms.
The APA recommends that both front suspension control arm bolts be replaced and is requesting a warranty program or recall for the problem from Toyota Canada. The APA said that from what it has seen, owners are being billed for “this very unusual repair” because the bolts fail shortly after the third year and 60,000 km.
The APA is asking consumers to fill out an online form if they have experienced the problem, and is also asking Toyota service people who have additional information to prevent the problem or have a cheaper fix, to contact the association in confidence. For more information, visit APA.