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"
What 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.
- stereo not working in the 2014 RAV4
- navigation display in the 2013 RAV4
- infotainment system stopped working in the 2014 RAV4
- musty/sour smell from the ventilation system in the 2013 RAV4
- paint is coming off in the 2013 RAV4
What Breaks the Most
4th Generation (2013–2018) 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"
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"
Some brand new Toyota and Lexus vehicles have left the factory with busted brake actuators.
Toyota says it's possible a component inside the actuator could have been damaged during manufacturing and could cause a loss of vehicle stability control.I sure wish they could have stopped this before leaving the factory. I mean, these cars are brand new! When will owners catch a brake? (sorry folks, bad puns are part of the deal)
Toyota says your local dealer will need to check the serial number of your brake actuator to see if it needs replacement. For a full list of affected vehicles, visit our site.keep reading article "Faulty Brake Actuators Can Cause a Loss of Stability Control"
Toyota says the power steering circuit board in 110,000 vehicles might have been damaged on arrival, prompting a recall.
The circuit board was probably messed up during assembly and can cause a sudden loss of power steering. If you're traveling at slow speeds and your power steering suddenly goes away, pulling over to the side of the road is going to feel like you're steering through a vat of caramel. That sounds delicious, by the way.…keep reading article "Power Steering Circuit Recall"
If your car or truck has an optional accessory like running boards, chances are Southeast Toyota distributors put them on ... and I use that term loosely.
The distributor recently admitted that many accessories probably weren't attached with the proper torque and can fall off. Whoops! Since dropping a running board at 70mph on the highway is a serious safety concern, Toyota is recalling 3,942 vehicles to address the problem. That includes some:…keep reading article "Optional Accessories Keep Falling Off"