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News NHTSA Investigating Nearly 1.9 Million Toyota RAV4s For Potential Engine Fires Risks

NHTSA Investigating Nearly 1.9 Million Toyota RAV4s For Potential Engine Fires Risks

A battery terminal may the cause of 11 reported Toyota RAV4 engine bay fires


  • Model year under investigation range from 2013 to 2018.

  • This RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in the US and Canada after full-size pickups.


The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling vehicles on the continent. For many years now, it has reigned at the top for many reasons including its impressive reliability record. Apparently, not all is perfect for the RAV4 and its owners as the compact Toyota SUV is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The documents posted relate that fires originate on the front left side of the engine compartment. It’s possible that a terminal on the 12-volt battery may short to the frame which, according to the Detroit Free Press, may cause a loss of electrical power, the engine to stall, or a fire.

Toyota RAV4 Best-selling SUVs
Toyota RAV4 | Photo: Toyota

So far, the NHTSA has logged 11 complaints of engines, seven of which occurred while the vehicle was running. The other four fires, based on the owners, broke out when the engine was turned off. Based on this information, the Agency is looking into whether or not the RAV4s should be parked outdoors.

So far, no recalls have been issued and Toyota is cooperating with the probe.

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