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.
About the Investigation ∞
More information on carcomplaints.com
- The investigation covers the 2013–2018 model years which comes out to roughly 1.9 million vehicles. It's a big one.
- The battery fires have happened both when the vehicle is in motion and while parked. It's an equal-opportunity scare-the-pants off you sort of defect.
- Half of the incident reports say the RAV4s stalled out before catching on fire. Last year Toyota recalled 1.5 million vehicles, including the 2019-2020 RAV4, for stalling out due to faulty fuel pumps.