More than 1.8 million Toyota RAV4s from the 2013 to 2018 model years have been recalled due to concerns that replacement 12-volt batteries might not be properly secured.
According to the recall, the problem stems from the tops of the batteries possibly having smaller top dimensions than the original battery.
If the hold-down clamp isn’t tightened correctly for the smaller size, the battery could move during aggressive driving, enabling the positive battery terminal to contact the clamp and short circuit, risking fire.
Toyota is still developing a fix. The automaker expects its dealers to replace the battery hold-down clamp, battery tray, and positive terminal cover with improved parts.
Toyota will notify owners about the recall in late December 2023.
Owners may contact Toyota customer support at 800-331-4331.