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 has not, as of yet, issued a recall.
According to NHTSA, the RAV4 has been the subject of a disproportionate number of fire complaints when compared to similar vehicles. NHTSA said it suspects that the problem comes from the positive terminal of the 12-volt battery shorting on the battery’s hold-down frame, “which may result in the sudden loss of electrical power, vehicle stalling, and/or a fire originating in the engine compartment,” according to a document released by the regulatory agency.
Of 11 complaints submitted, seven reported experiencing the fire starting while the car was being driven, and the other four said it occurred while the ignition was off. In the instances where the car was being driven, half of the drivers experienced the car stalling prior to the fire. Additionally, a number of the reported fires 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.