WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor North America is recalling about 2.16 million RAV4 vehicles in North America because of a sizing issue with the replacement 12-volt batteries.
The recall covers certain RAV4 compact crossovers from the 2013-18 model years. About 1.86 million are in the United States and approximately 306,000 additional vehicles are affected in Canada and Mexico, Toyota spokesperson Josh Burns said.
"Some replacement 12-volt batteries of the size specified for the subject vehicles have smaller top dimensions than others," Toyota said in a press release. "If a small-top battery is used for replacement and the hold-down clamp is not tightened correctly, the battery could move when the vehicle is driven with forceful turns. The movement could cause the positive battery terminal to contact the hold-down clamp and short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire."