The owner of the Toyota RAV4 says the automaker has known the SUVs are broken for years.
March 12, 2021 – A lawsuit against Toyota RAV4 asserts battery defects that cause the SUVs to lose power, stall and catch fire. The class action lawsuit states that 2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 vehicles have defects on the 12-volt B + terminals that are shorted to the frames that hold the batteries.
The class action lawsuit was filed by Michigan RAV4 owner Juliet Murphy, who owns a 2015 Toyota RAV4 that she leased in 2015 and bought at the end of her lease in 2018.
In February 2020, the plaintiff said she had the RAV4 serviced at a Toyota dealer and shortly afterwards noticed corrosion on the 12-volt battery and the terminals. Murphy says it interfered with the operation of the RAV4, so she replaced the battery.
“Plaintiff Murphy is concerned and concerned about the integrity and safety of the vehicle’s battery system.” – Class action lawsuit against Toyota RAV4
The lawsuit against Toyota RAV4 came a week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into 11 complaints of non-crashing RAV4 fires.
NHTSA said it received additional early warning reports of fires that started on the left side of the engine compartments where the 12-volt batteries are located in the 2013-2018 RAV4 SUVs.
Most fires occurred while driving, according to NHTSA, but four complaints suggest that RAV4 fires occurred with the ignition off.
Safety researchers claim that the B + battery terminals may have short circuits to the frames holding the 12-volt batteries in place, causing power issues, stalling, and conditions ripe for engine compartment fires.
Improper battery installation or prior repairs to front-end collisions was a factor in some fire reports, according to NHTSA.
“Despite these external influences on the battery retention method, the total number of vehicle fire allegations with the battery as the area of origin is greater than that of the comparison population. This preliminary assessment was opened to better understand the factors and frequency of vehicle fires from the battery area of the vehicles in question compared to Peer vehicles originate. “- NHTSA RAV4 investigation
According to the plaintiff, Toyota has been hiding the alleged battery problems for years, which has caused the RAV4 to depreciate. The lawsuit also alleges that the battery failure “poses a significant threat to the health and safety of drivers and passengers traveling in vehicles of the class”.
The class action lawsuit alleges many owners and renters complained to dealers, but Toyota allegedly evades its warranty obligations by refusing to make repairs and allegedly failing to notify customers that their RAV4 SUVs are defective.
The class action lawsuit against Toyota RAV4 was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division: Murphy v Toyota Motor Corporation et al.
Plaintiff is represented by Steckler Wayne Cochran Cherry PLLC, Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC, LeVan Muhic Stapleton LLC, Carlson Lynch, LLP and McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP.