The United States government already has eleven complaints of fire on the engine of the RAV4 utility, Toyota. According to the National Road Safety Administration (NHTSA) this Monday (1st), a recall of the model in the country would hone almost 1,9 million owners of the vehicle.
According to Business Insider, a spokesman for Toyota said the automaker is working on the investigation with NHTSA. All complaints so far have been registered in the year 2020, regarding vehicle models manufactured between the years 2013 and 2018, many with up to 80 thousand kilometers driven.
The reported fires occurred in cars with 12-volt batteries on the left side of the engine. In addition to the fire, the RAV4 with the problem may also show a drop in energy and stop. One of the hypotheses raised by the agency attributes fire to collisions batteries or batteries incorrectly installed.
Four fires broke out in unattended cars and at least two were parked. The latter were found to be totally consumed by the flames when the owners returned. Most of the RAV4 caught fire on the move, after stalling.
To ABC News, the NHTSA spokeswoman explained that the agency is gathering more information and "will act on what we learn". The RAV4 has more battery fire complaints than other similar cars.
The SUV is one of best sellers of the automaker in the North American country, among those that are not pickup trucks. The possible recall should only be announced if the investigation points out the need.
Last week, Hyundai announced that it will call for a recall of electric vehicles which may be the greatest of all time. The Korean automaker will replace batteries about 82.000 vehicles due to fire risk.
South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport informed in a report that the recall will include three models, with 75.680 units of the SUV Kona, 5.716 of Ioniq and 305 from the Elec City bus. A unit of the latter caught fire on the last day 15 while returning to the garage after an inspection.