Toyota, one of the world’s leading automakers, has initiated a significant safety recall affecting approximately 1.85 million Toyota RAV4 vehicles in the United States.
The recall encompasses model years 2013 to 2018 and has been prompted by concerns about the 12-volt batteries used in these vehicles.
The issue at the core of this recall is associated with the replacement 12-volt batteries, specifically the variations in their top dimensions.
Some of these replacement batteries have smaller top dimensions compared to others.
If a smaller-top battery is used for replacement and the accompanying hold-down clamp is not adequately tightened during installation, it could lead to potential safety hazards.
When driving the vehicle with forceful turns or under certain conditions, the smaller top battery may shift within its compartment.
This movement can result in the positive battery terminal contacting the hold-down clamp, causing a short circuit.
The risk of a short circuit increases the potential for a fire, posing a serious safety concern for affected Toyota RAV4 owners.
In response to this safety issue, Toyota is taking proactive measures to address the problem and protect its customers.
The company is in the process of preparing an appropriate remedy to rectify the situation. As part of the remedy, Toyota dealers will undertake the following actions at no cost to the affected vehicle owners:
1. Replacement of the battery hold-down clamp
2. Replacement of the battery tray
3. Replacement of the positive terminal cover
These replacement parts will be of improved design and specifications to ensure the safety of the vehicles. Toyota is committed to resolving this issue promptly and effectively.
Owners of the 2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 vehicles involved in this recall can expect to be notified by Toyota regarding the recall and the availability of the remedy.
Toyota plans to reach out to affected customers by late December 2023 to inform them about the necessary steps to address this safety concern.
It’s important to note that information related to automotive recalls, including the list of affected vehicles, is subject to change and is continually updated.
Vehicle owners who want to check if their Toyota RAV4 is part of this recall can visit Toyota’s official website(Toyota.com/recall) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall website (nhtsa.gov/recalls).
By entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information, owners can verify if this safety recall impacts their vehicle and stay informed about the latest developments in this ongoing safety campaign.
Toyota’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers remains a top priority in handling this recall.