US Investigates Engine Fires in 1.9 Million Toyota RAV4 SUVs | Automotive Industry News
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the probe after receiving 11 fire complaints regarding RAV4 models.
The United States government is investigating complaints of fires in the engine compartments of nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4 small SUVs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating after receiving 11 fire complaints regarding the 2013 to 2018 model years.
The RAV4 is the best-selling vehicle in the United States that is not a pickup truck.
In documents released on Monday, the agency said the fires are starting on the left side of the engine compartment. A 12-volt battery terminal can cause a short to the chassis, resulting in loss of electrical power, engine stalling, or fire.
Most of the fires have occurred while driving, but four owners complained that the fire started with the engine off.
The agency says improper battery installation or head-on collision repair was a factor. The NHTSA says the RAV4 has a higher number of fire complaints in the battery area than comparable vehicles.
Investigators will try to better understand what contributes to the fires. The vehicles are not being recalled, but the investigation could lead to a recall.