April 14, 2024

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, recalled greater than 1.8 million RAV 4 sport utility automobiles from a number of mannequin years on Wednesday as a result of a alternative battery might pose a fireplace hazard.

The voluntary recall impacts 1.85 million automobiles from mannequin years 2013 to 2018, the corporate mentioned in a press release. Among the automobiles could also be geared up with 12-volt alternative batteries which can be too small, it mentioned.

“If a small-top battery is used for alternative and the hold-down just isn’t correctly tightened, the battery might transfer when the car is pushed in sharp turns,” it mentioned.

Shifting out of a pointy curve might trigger a brief circuit, probably beginning a fireplace, the corporate mentioned.

It was unclear whether or not there had been any fires or accidents related to the recalled batteries. A question despatched to Toyota was not instantly returned.

The corporate’s recall information with the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration, which usually comprise details about such incidents, weren’t but out there within the company’s recall information as of Wednesday night.

Toyota mentioned it expects to inform affected homeowners by the top of December, including that sellers will exchange the hold-down clamp, battery compartment and optimistic terminal cowl freed from cost. The corporate urged homeowners to go to the Division of Motor Automobiles web site or Toyota’s recall web site and verify car identification numbers to see if their automobiles had been affected by the recall.

The RAV 4 recall introduced Wednesday was Toyota’s second in per week. On Oct. 26, the corporate recalled 814,000 Highlander sport utility automobiles as a result of the entrance bumper might fall off.