Toyota has recalled 1.85 million RAV4 sport utility vehicles amid concerns the replacement battery poses a fire risk.
The voluntary recall affects models made between 2013 and 2018, the automaker said in a statement Wednesday.
Some of the vehicles are equipped with replacement 12-volt batteries which have dimensions which are too small.
It means they could move and come into contact with a clamp and short circuit when a driver turns – igniting a fire.
Toyota wrote in a statement it is ‘currently preparing the remedy.’
Toyota has recalled over 1.8 million RAV4 sport utility vehicles amid concerns the replacement battery poses a fire risk
It remains unclear whether any fires or accidents occurred related to the recalled batteries
‘When the remedy is available, Toyota dealers will replace the battery hold-down clamp, battery tray, and positive terminal cover with improved ones at no cost to owners,’ it read.
‘For all involved vehicles, Toyota will notify customers by late December 2023.’
Toyota produces hybrid and electric-vehicle versions of the RAV4 but those were not included in the recall.
It remains unclear whether any fires or accidents occurred related to the recalled batteries.
Affected owners will be contacted by late December, Toyota said. Dealers will replace the hold-down clamp, battery tray and positive terminal cover for free.
Owners can also visit the highway traffic agency’s website or Toyota’s recall website to check if their cars were affected by providing their vehicle identification numbers.
It is the second time in the space of a week that Toyota has had to recall a vehicle.
Last Thursday the company recalled 814,000 Highlander sport utility vehicles because the front bumper could fall off.
And last year it recalled all of its 2,700 battery-powered SUVs because the wheels could potentially fall off.