Toyota Motor Corporation has issued a recall for the company’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the 2021 RAV4 Prime, due to worries about potential stalling in cold weather. Almost 9,500 automobiles in the United States are affected by the recall.
The affected RAV4 Primes may have a problem with their hybrid powertrain system, which might cause the vehicle to stall while driving at moderate speeds or idling in cold temperatures, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The issue is caused by a software glitch in the hybrid system of the vehicle, which might result in an overheated inverter.
Toyota has indicated that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries connected to this issue, and that the recall is being carried out out of caution. The company intends to contact impacted consumers through letter in early April and will replace the hybrid system software at no cost.
Consumers with impacted vehicles should contact their local Toyota dealership to schedule a software update appointment. Meanwhile, Toyota advises RAV4 Prime owners to avoid driving their vehicles in EV mode at high speeds and to keep their vehicle’s battery charged to at least 50%.
With up to 42 miles of all-electric driving and a total range of 600 miles, the RAV4 Prime has been a popular choice for purchasers searching for an eco-friendly SUV. The car has garnered favourable feedback for its fuel economy, dynamic handling, and versatile cabin.
Toyota has had to issue a recall for its RAV4 cars on many occasions. Almost 700,000 RAV4s were recalled in 2019 owing to a fault with the rearview camera, and over 300,000 RAV4s and RAV4 Hybrids were recalled in 2020 due to a problem with the windscreen wipers.
Despite these recalls, Toyota has a solid reputation for dependability and safety, and the RAV4 continues to be one of the company’s best-selling models. The carmaker has pledged to build more environmentally friendly vehicles, with plans to deliver 15 new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2025.
Finally, Toyota has recalled over 9,500 of its 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicles due to a potential stalling issue in cold weather. The issue is caused by a software fault in the hybrid system of the vehicle, which might cause the inverter to overheat. Toyota intends to notify impacted customers and replace the hybrid system software at no cost. Despite the recall, Toyota remains a prominent carmaker with a good reputation for dependability and safety, and it has pledged to build more environmentally friendly vehicles in the coming years.