Toyota has said it will recall RAV4 EVs to repair components supplied by Tesla.

The RAV4 EV recall concerns approximately 2,500 Model Year 2012 - 2014 RAV4 EV vehicles.

Toyota said 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. 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.

Tesla supplied Toyota with electric powertrains for the RAV4 EV in a three-year deal that ended last year.

Toyota is currently putting more emphasis on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles such as the recently launched Mirai. Tesla's Elon Musk has been critical of hydrogen technology in the past. 

Toyota said in October that it had started to reduce its stake in Tesla although declined to discuss further details.

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Toyota Recalls Certain Camry, Highlander, RAV4 and RAV4 EV Vehicles

March 11, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif., March 11, 2015 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced it will conduct  safety recalls of approximately 2,500 Model Year 2012 – 2014 RAV4 EV vehicles; and approximately 110,000 Model Year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Model Year RAV4 vehicles.
  • 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. 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.

    Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail. Toyota dealers will repair the electric vehicle traction motor assembly. 
  • In the involved Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid and RAV 4 vehicles, a circuit board for the electric power steering (EPS) may have been damaged during its manufacturing process. This can result in the loss of power steering assist; an instrument panel warning lamp will also come on. Manual steering is maintained, but the loss of power steering assist results in increased steering effort at low vehicle speeds and increases the risk of a crash.

    Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail. Toyota dealers will inspect the steering column assembly and replace the power steering electronic control unit, if it falls within the affected range.
Toyota is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by either condition.

Detailed information is available at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331.

Original source: Toyota USA