On November 1, the largest automaker in the world, Toyota, issued a recall for more than 1.8 million RAV4 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) across multiple model years due to a potential fire hazard associated with a replacement battery.
According to a statement from the company, 1.85 million vehicles from model years 2013 to 2018 are included in the voluntary recall. The statement also revealed that some vehicles might have replacement 12-volt batteries installed that are too small.
The automaker said that movement from a forceful turn could result in a short circuit that might start a fire. They also stated, “When the vehicle is driven with forceful turns and a small-top battery is used for replacement, and the hold-down clamp is not tightened correctly, the battery could move.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall listings did not initially include the company’s recall filings, which often provide details about these kinds of incidents. However, by the end of December, Toyota expects to notify the impacted owners.
Additionally, dealers will replace the positive terminal cover, battery tray, and hold-down clamp at no cost. The business requested that owners enter their vehicle identification numbers on the Highway Traffic Agency and Toyota websites to determine whether their vehicles were subject to a recall.