Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to this investigation. At this point, attorneys working with ClassAction.org no longer need to speak to people who had their vehicles catch fire. For our up-to-date list of investigations, please visit this page. The information below is for reference only and was posted when the investigation began.
At A Glance
This Alert Affects:
Anyone who owns or leases a 2015-2019 Toyota RAV4 that caught on fire, almost caught on fire, started smoking, or displayed warning lights of a computer system malfunction.
What’s Going On?
It’s believed that Toyota RAV4 models may be prone to catching fire – even when the engines aren’t running. Drivers have reported unexplained smoking and burning, as well as warning lights on the dashboard of a computer system malfunction.
What’s the Cause?
The cause of the car fires is unknown, but attorneys want to investigate whether it’s related to a manufacturing defect. If so, they believe a class action lawsuit could be filed against Toyota.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit could help RAV4 drivers recover the money they paid to repair or replace the vehicles. It could also force Toyota to fix any alleged defect in the cars.
A concerning number of 2015-2019 Toyota RAV4 drivers have reported that their vehicles spontaneously caught fire or starting smoking.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether this could be related to a defect. If it is, they’re looking to file a class action lawsuit against Toyota to help drivers recover the money they spent repairing or replacing their RAV4 vehicles. Read on for more.
What Problems Have Been Reported?
Drivers of newer Toyota RAV4 models – especially the 2018 model year – have reported that their cars have started smoking and almost caught fire, or actually did catch fire, without obvious explanation. Some drivers have noted that their RAV4’s dashboard displayed warning lights related to a computer system malfunction beforehand.
RAV4 drivers have posted complaints online about the issue. We’ve included some below [sic throughout]:
After purchasing our brand-new 2018 Rav4 from authorized Toyota dealer, we were heading back home. On our way, we noticed burning smell followed by black smoke filled front side of the cabin. I quickly moved my car to the right side parking lot. While changing the lane I could not even see the right mirror because of the black smoke in the cabin. As soon as I parked the car and we got off the car, within a few seconds flames from the hoods were noticed I called emergency service (911) and to our disbelief to watch our new car burning in front of us...” — 2018 RAV4, Alpharetta, GA. CarComplaints.com
My Rav4 caught fire in the middle of the night while parked on the street in front of my house. It had been parked for 12+ hours. After burning for about 10 minutes, it exploded with a force so great that it lifted the car onto the curb, knocked over a firefighter, and damaged our boat parked 10 feet across the street. The inspector from the fire department determined the initial fire was from faulty electrical wiring but said he had never seen a car explode in his 25 years on the force. Toyota conducted their own investigation and agreed it was electrical but could not determine fault due to the severity of the damage” — 2018 RAV4, Minneapolis, MN. CarComplaints.com
I was driving on the highway and smoke began to fill my vehicle. I pulled over and my vehicle caught fire. Unsure of the cause.” — 2016 RAV4, Houston, TX. Complaint #11031632, NHTSA.gov
The car was being driven in Philadelphia at a low speed when the engine caught fire. The fire quickly was out of control and destroyed most of the car, including the engine, dashboard, front seats, windshield, windows, front tires which exploded, and airbags.” — 2015 RAV4, Philadelphia, PA. Complaint # 10840172, NHTSA.gov
What’s the Cause of the Car Fires?
So far, the cause of the fires is unknown, though some believe it may be related to an electrical issue. Attorneys are looking into whether the cars could have a manufacturing or design defect that’s causing them to catch fire, especially since they’re so new.
Has There Been a Recall?
Toyota has not issued a recall for the RAV4 models. Notably, a recall was issued in late 2018 for Toyota Prius hybrids that were reportedly prone to catching fire.
I’ve Experienced These Problems with My RAV4. What Can I Do?
Attorneys need to hear from people who experienced these problems before they can consider filing a class action lawsuit. If a case is successful, it could help drivers recover the money they spent on repairing or replacing their vehicles. A lawsuit could also force Toyota to issue notices to RAV4 owners and offer a fix.