Earlier this month, Toyota recalled over 18,000 RAV4 models to address a problem with the rear camera.
Although the issue may not seem like a serious issue, considering the number of vehicles out there without rear-view camera systems, it is actually now mandatory for new cars to have the back-up systems (as of May 2018) in both Canada and the US.
The 2019 RAV4 and Hybrid versions being recalled may have a damaged connector in the audio display unit that would prevent the camera from activating when the vehicle is put into reverse. Failure of the rear camera system would increase the risk of hitting something or someone, especially small children immediately behind the vehicle (which is the reason to make the systems mandatory).
The recall affects 18,111 vehicles, 14,215 of which are in the US and federalized territories, and 3,896 in Canada. Toyota dealers will inspect the camera activation and audio display unit, and replace as necessary.
Affected owners will be contacted by mail starting in October 2019. Customers can get more information on this and other recalls by visiting toyota.ca/recalls or by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Centre at (888) 869-6828.