4th Generation RAV4 Battery Fires
The 2013-2018 RAV4 is being investigated for a potential battery defect that can cause the SUV to lose all of its electrical power and, in some cases, start an engine compartment fire. …Continue reading article "4th Generation RAV4 Battery Fires"
Musty and Moldy A/C
Toyota air conditioners smell like mold in numerous vehicles. So what's causing the musty smell and just how dangerous is it?…Continue reading article "Musty and Moldy A/C"
Rodents Chew Soy-Coated Wires
Somewhere in the mid-2000's there was an industry-wide push by automakers to replace plastic and glass-based wiring insulation with a more eco-friendly soy-based coating. It's biodegradable, commendable, and a complete disaster for owners. …Continue reading article "Rodents Chew Soy-Coated Wires"
RAV4 ECM Transmission Failure
There are a ton of vehicles out there eligible for the title of 'worst transmission on the road' and the 2001-2003 RAV4 is in the mix. Harsh shifting, jumping from gear-to-gear, sluggish acceleration and ultimately transmission failure are …Continue reading article "RAV4 ECM Transmission Failure"
Toyota Excessive Oil Consumption
An increasing number of Toyota vehicles are experiencing excessive oil consumption which may be the result of defective piston rings. Toyota, in all their 'deny-til-we-die' splendor, is reportedly denying warranty coverage on many oil consu…Continue reading article "Toyota Excessive Oil Consumption"
Toyota Vehicles with Recalled Takata Airbags
Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects over 37 million vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in…Continue reading article "Toyota Vehicles with Recalled Takata Airbags"
What RAV4 Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
What Breaks the Most
RAV4 Key Numbers
The 4th generation RAV4 is being investigated for what NHTSA is calling "non-thermal crash events." These are better described as "holy crap, my car's on fire" moments.
I'm hoping that'll catch on. So far there have been 11 fire incidents stemming from an issue with electrical shorts in the B+ terminals of the SUV's 12-volt batteries.…keep reading article "4th Generation RAV4 Under Investigation For Battery Fires"
Toyota has blamed a musty A/C smell on microbes [i.e., mold] growing o the evaporator surface and now a lawsuit wants them to do something about it.
The plaintiffs claim the vehicles have defective heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that cause smells and health problems from mold that collects on the evaporators. Numerous complaints have allegedly been filed with the government, Toyota and Lexus dealerships nationwide since at least 1999.
This isn't the first time Toyota has been sued for musty A/C units.keep reading article "Air Conditioner Lawsuit Complains About Mold Smell From Toyota HVAC"
Owners who have been hoping to see Toyota pay for damaged to the electrical system by rodents may want to look away.
A judge in California has ruled in favor of dismissing a soy-wiring lawsuit because, in the court's eyes, the problems don't violate the terms of Toyota's express warranty.…keep reading article "Judge Doesn’t Buy Claims of Soy Wiring Lawsuits"
Damage from rodents plus the extra cost of renting a car while waiting for repairs, led to about $16,800 in costs assosciate with soy-based wiring.
While an insurance company paid the bulk, a new lawsuit filed in Massachusetts wants to know when Toyota is going to pay for the decision to go with soy?…keep reading article "A Second Soy-Wiring Lawsuit Has Been Filed in Massachusetts"
When Toyota switched away from using plastic or glass-based inulation in favor of soy, it invited in some very unwelcome Toyota loyalisits.
According to the plaintiff, she learned the hard way about the soy wiring when her Avalon wouldn't start and a look under the hood showed wires chewed, so she had the car towed to a dealer. Toyota told her rodents had caused the damage and it would be no problem to repair the problems as long as she could cough up $6,000 to cover the bill.
The soy-based wiring is allegedly attracting in rodents, who love to chew it up and use it for nesting material. The lawsuit, Heidi Browder vs. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. follows a similar lawsuit filed against Honda earlier this year.keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Toyota’s Use of Soy-Based Wiring is Attracting Rodent Damage"
The rear suspensions in some Toyota SUVs have been recalled a third time for the same exact problem.
The automaker thinks it's time to try something different. Gee Toyota, you think? Rear suspension arm failures first popped up four years ago in the 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h. Toyota issued a recall and blamed the problem on some nuts that weren't tightened to spec. Cool, seems like an easy fix.
About a year later the same vehicles were recalled again for, you guessed it, rear suspension issues. This time dealers were told to inspect the tie rods for corrosion and slap some epoxy on there to prevent future damage.…keep reading article "SUVs Recalled a Third Time for the Same Problem"
How hot do you like your seat heater in the winter?
If you like it really toasty — as in, with an actual flame — you’ll probably love one of 7,700 Toyota vehicles with seat heaters that catch on fire. The vehicles have been recalled because fire and cars don’t get along, what with their tanks of highly flammable liquids and all. All the affected vehicles are equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters that contain copper strand heating elements. The recall is being handled by Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) which is the world’s largest distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles.
The recall is expected to begin on July 14, 2016 and the seat heaters will need to be disconnected. Owners will be reimbursed.keep reading article "Toyota Wants to Stop Seat Heaters From Setting Owner's Buns on Fire"
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