The recall affects both petrol and hybrid RAV4s with model codes AXAH54, AXAH52, MXAA52 and AXAA54.
Toyota’s recall says that lower control arms – a crucial suspension arm that helps tie the front wheels to the body – fitted to the front of the cars may be defective.
Toyota Australia says over time cracks may form in the lower control arms, which can deteriorate due to rapid acceleration and deceleration.
Over the lifetime of the component, these cracks may increase and result in the arm separating from the wheel assembly.
If the lower control arm does fail, it may result in a driver having reduced vehicle control and increase the chance of a crash.
Toyota Australia has confirmed there are no known instances of failure resulting in an accident.
Toyota Australia is contacting all known owners of affected vehicles by text message, email and/or mail to notify them of the recall. The brand expects replacement of the faulty parts to take approximately three hours on each vehicle.
Vehicle identification number ranges of the 1552 cars included in the recall can be found here .
Toyota Australia says affected cars can continue to be driven until the part is replaced, however drivers should limit heavy acceleration and braking.
Owners of affected vehicles can contact Toyota Australia on 1800 987 366.