Toyota Canada is recalling nearly 4,000 RAV4s from the 2019 model year — its best-selling vehicle through the first seven months of the year — because its backup camera could fail.
Toyota says a combined 3,896 RAV4s and RAV4 Hybrids are affected, and the automaker is giving owners the option of trying to determine whether the camera is defective.
On certain vehicles, the connector for the audio display unit might have been damaged during assembly, says a recall notice on Transport Canada’s website. The damage could cause the backup camera system to not activate when the transmission is shifted into reverse.
Canadian regulations require the rearview image to display when in reverse gear. The law, which went into effect May 1, 2018, mandates all new vehicles sold in Canada, weighing 4,536 kg or less, must be fitted with a backup camera.
Transport Canada is concerned that a malfunctioning backup camera “could increase the risk of a crash.”
Toyota will notify owners by mail including instructions on how to inspect for the issue. Owners who are uncomfortable performing the inspecting can take their vehicle to a dealer to have the backup camera system checked.
The audio display unit will be replaced with a new one if necessary.
Toyota has sold 37,869 RAV4s through July, up 23 per cent over the same period last year.
Despite the 1.7-per-cent dip in Canadian new-vehicle sales last month, Toyota managed to increase its sales 16 per cent, on the back of the revamped RAV4. Sales rose 44 per cent to 5,936 making it the automaker’s most popular vehicle.
“Our two top-selling vehicles, the Corolla and RAV4, have recently been refreshed and we’re seeing strong demand for them,” Toyota Canada spokesman David Shum said in an email.
Toyota added a Corolla hybrid to a lineup that already offers the Prius Prime and RAV4 hybrid.
“In fact, the year-to-date sales of the all-new, made-in-Canada RAV4 hybrid have already surpassed the total for 2018,” Shum said, without offering a breakdown.