Toyota recalls 400K RAV4s due to faulty windshield wipers

The new Toyota RAV4 is unveiled at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The annual Los Angeles Auto Show opened to the media Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show opens to the public on Friday, November 30. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NEW YORK – Toyota is recalling about 421,000 RAV4 vehicles because potential corrosion in their windshield wipers could make them inoperable. The vehicles include model years ranging from 2009 to 2012 and about 2,500 vehicles from model years 2012 to 2014.

The company said Thursday that water dripping onto the windshield wiper link can cause corrosion over time and wear at the wiper link joint. This could cause the wiper link to separate from the wiper motor crank arm in some cases. If separated, the wipers could become inoperative.

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. said owners of vehicles involved in the recall will be notified by first class mail. The automobile maker’s dealers will replace the water channel, wiper link and wiper motor crank arm with new ones.

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