According to reports, at least 11 Toyota RAV4 vehicles, manufactured between 2013 and 2018, have caught fire within the past year. As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating to determine whether a recall needs to be issued. The issue affects over 1.86 million Toyota RAV4 vehicles on the road today in the United States. Toyota acknowledged it is aware of the NHTSA investigation, but as of yet has not issued a recall.
According to NHTSA, the RAV4 has been the subject of a disproportionate number of fire complaints when compared to similar vehicles. Most of the fires began after the car suddenly stalled while in operation. The stalling and fires are likely caused by an electrical short from the RAV4’s 12-volt battery. However, some of the fires have occurred while the vehicle was not running. A number of these reports concern RAV4s with less than 50,000 miles.
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a fire in a 2013 to 2018 Toyota RAV4, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1-800-594-4884.