TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 2,500 2012-'14 Toyota RAV4 EV SUVs because of a problem that may cause a complete loss of drive power, the automaker said in a statement on Wednesday.
"In the involved RAV4 EV, components in the electric vehicle traction motor assembly, which is part of the propulsion system, may cause the vehicle to shift to "Neutral" due to a software issue," said Toyota. "This condition will also trigger a "Check EV System" warning message on the instrument panel and turn on a malfunction indicator lamp.
"If the vehicle shifts to Neutral, this will result in a complete loss of drive power, which can increase the risk of a crash."
Toyota said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.
Edmunds says: This recall does not begin for several weeks. If you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.