Toyota Recalls 2.16 Million RAV4s
Toyota Motor North America said it is recalling about 1.85 million RAV4 vehicles in the U.S. because of a sizing issue with the replacement 12-volt batteries. The recall covers certain RAV4 compact crossovers from the 2013-18 model years. About 306,000 additional vehicles are affected in Canada and Mexico, Toyota spokesperson Josh Burns said.
“Some replacement 12-volt batteries of the size specified for the subject vehicles have smaller top dimensions than others,” Toyota said in a press release. “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. The movement could cause the positive battery terminal to contact the hold-down clamp and short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.” To fix the issue, dealers will replace the battery hold-down clamp, tray and positive terminal cover with improved parts. Vehicle owners will be notified by late December.