The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary appraisal investigation affecting Toyota RAV4 crossovers from 2013 to 2018 due to fire hazards. A total of 1,862,103 units were under threat.
The whitepaper says the problem appears to be that the B + terminal of the battery could short-circuit the hold-down frame, which could cause the car to catch fire or stop.
The NHTSA has received 11 complaints in this regard. Four messages indicate that the fire occurred with the ignition off. Half of the owners reported that their vehicles had stalled before the fire.
NHTSA noted that improper battery installation or previous repairs were mentioned in some of the details of the report. However, the number of fires was still disproportionate.
Of the 11 publicly available complaints, one concerns the RAV4 Hybrid modification. The owner of the car said that the check engine light came on while driving at a speed of 70 km / h. White smoke began pouring out of the hood, and then a flame appeared. As a result of the incident, the crossover could not be saved.
It should be noted that a preliminary estimate does not necessarily mean that all specified vehicles will be recalled. According to the NHTSA, the investigation aims to “better understand the factors contributing to the frequency of battery fires in the vehicles in question, compared to comparable vehicles.
“Toyota is aware that the NHTSA has begun this investigation and we are working with the agency,” said Ed Hellwig, Toyota Communications Manager.