Fire risk: Toyota recalls more than 1.8 million RAV4 vehicles

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Toyota is recalling around 1,854,000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs in the U.S. to resolve a battery issue that comes with a fire risk.

Specifically, it is recalling certain vehicles from model years 2013-2018.

Toyota said in a statement that since some replacement batteries in the SUV aren’t the correct dimensions, they could shake loose and start a fire if the car makes a sharp turn.

“Some replacement 12-volt batteries of the size specified for the subject vehicles have smaller top dimensions than others. If a small-top battery is used for replacement and the hold-down clamp is not tightened correctly, the battery could move when the vehicle is driven with forceful turns,” Toyota said. “The movement could cause the positive battery terminal to contact the hold-down clamp and short circuit.”

Toyota said it is working on a remedy that would replace the battery hold-down clamp, battery tray, and positive terminal cover at no cost to owners. They will be notified in December.

Toyota said those with affected vehicles can enter the vehicle information number or license plate information at the Toyota website or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for recalls.

The automotive company said the safety recall is surrounding the size of 12-volt batteries with smaller top dimensions for 2013-2018 models.

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“If the hold-down clamp is not tightened correctly and the SUV is driven with forceful turns then the battery could move causing the vehicle to short circuit and increasing the risk of a fire.

The release comes days after the company announced recalls for 751,000 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles.

The vehicles, under the 2020-2023 models, were recalled over an issue with mounting tabs on the vehicles’ bumpers that could cause parts to detach.

RAV4 SUV owners don’t have to wait to be notified by Toyota if their vehicle is being recalled.


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