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Toyota recalls nearly 250K RAV4 vehicles in Canada due to fire risk

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Toyota is recalling nearly 250,000 RAV4 vehicles in Canada due to a risk of fire.

The recall involves 2013-18 model years, which equals about 249,416 vehicles in Canada, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

The issue is that some replacement 12-volt batteries have smaller top dimensions than others.

“If a small-top battery is used for replacement and the hold-down clamp is not tightened correctly, the battery could move when the vehicle is driven with forceful turns,” Toyota said in its statement.

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“The movement could cause the positive battery terminal to contact the hold-down clamp and short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.”

Toyota also announced a recall for 1.9 million RAV4s in the U.S. with the same model years on Wednesday for the same reason.

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The company said it is currently preparing a fix, and when it is available, Toyota vows to replace the battery hold-down clamp, battery tray and positive terminal cover with “improved ones at no cost to owners.”

Toyota says it will notify affected owners about the issue by late December.

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