TOKYO -- Toyota will resume selling the bZ4X, its first mass-produced full-electric vehicle after a recall due to a risk the wheels could come loose.
Toyota recalled 2,700 bZ4X models in June, less than two months after the model was launched, because of a risk of wheels coming loose.
The company said production of the electric SUV, which is pitched as Toyota's answer to the Tesla Model Y and the Volkswagen ID4, will resume on Thursday that it had found a fix for the defect.
Toyota Executive Vice President Masahiko Maeda said the automaker will gradually resume bZ4X shipments and will prioritize meeting demand for customers waiting for the car.
Subaru, a fifth owned by Toyota, also had to recall units of the related Solterra that it jointly developed with Toyota.
Japan's safety regulator said in June that sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel coming off the vehicle, which analysts had said was a simple and inexpensive problem to fix.
Toyota on Thursday said in a filing with Japan's transport ministry that it would make sure hub bolts were replaced and properly tightened in new cars.