Toyota Recalls 2 million RAV4 SUVs over Fire Risk

Toyota has announced a recall of around 2 million RAV4 sport utility vehicles in the United States due to concerns regarding a fire risk associated with the installation of replacement batteries. The recall applies to RAV4 models produced between 2013 and 2018.

The issue at the heart of this recall is related to certain replacement 12-volt batteries. Specifically, some of these replacement batteries have smaller top dimensions. If the hold-down clamp securing the battery is not properly tightened, it can allow the battery to shift during forceful turns while driving. This movement can potentially lead to a short circuit in the vehicle’s electrical system, significantly increasing the risk of fires.

In response to this safety concern, Toyota has taken action to ensure the safety of affected RAV4 owners. The automaker will implement the necessary measures to address this issue. Dealers will be tasked with replacing the battery hold-down clamp, the battery tray, and the positive terminal cover with improved versions that address the problem and enhance the safety of the vehicle.

To ensure that customers are informed and that the recall process runs smoothly, Toyota has stated that they will notify affected RAV4 owners of the recall schedule by late December. This proactive approach will help ensure that the necessary repairs are made promptly and that the fire risk is mitigated.

Recalls such as this one are essential for vehicle safety, as they address potential hazards and ensure that automobiles remain safe for both the drivers and passengers. Toyota’s commitment to addressing this issue and taking steps to rectify it demonstrates their dedication to maintaining the safety and well-being of their customers. To check if your vehicle has a recall, visit the NHTSA website.

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