Toyota has issued a recall for approximately 1,854,000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs in the U.S. due to a battery-related problem that poses a fire hazard.

The safety recall revolves around the 12-volt batteries with smaller top dimensions in 2013-2018 RAV4 models. If the hold-down clamp is not properly secured and the SUV is driven aggressively with forceful turns, it can cause the battery to shift, potentially leading to a short circuit and an increased risk of fire.

Toyota has stated that they are currently working on a solution for this issue.

Once the remedy is available, Toyota dealers will replace the hold-down clamp, battery tray, and positive terminal cover with improved components at no cost to the vehicle owners.

The automaker intends to inform affected customers by the end of the year.

This recall announcement follows shortly after Toyota recalled 751,000 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles. These vehicles, part of the 2020-2023 models, were recalled due to problems with mounting tabs on the vehicles' bumpers, which could result in parts detaching.

Owners of RAV4 SUVs don't have to wait for a notification from Toyota to determine if their vehicle is part of the recall. They can visit toyota.com/recall and enter their vehicle identification number to check if their SUV is included in the recall. Photo by Alexander Migl, Wikimedia commons.