You won’t believe the cause of this Toyota RAV 4 recall
Toyota has announced that it is recalling over 400,000 RAV 4s from the prior 2009 through 2012 generation, along with every RAV 4 EV (all 2,500 of them). The recall covers the windshield wiper arm assembly. According to Toyota, the wiper arm link can be damaged by – you guessed it – water. Yes, the RAV 4 has wiper arms that are not compatible with water.
The water apparently causes corrosion that slowly causes wear. The result of this, according to Toyota, could be “…separation of the wiper link from the wiper motor crank arm. If separation occurs, the windshield wipers could become inoperative, which could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.”
Those owners who may be subject to the recall will be notified by snail mail, per the letter of the law. Don’t blame Toyota for NHTSA’s notification rules. If you own a RAV 4 covered by the recall, Toyota says, “…dealers will replace the water channel, wiper link, and wiper motor crank arm with new ones.”
If you would prefer not to wait to see if your RAV 4 is one of those being recalled, use our handy link right here to check your VIN.