Certain 2019 RAV4 Hybrid vehicles could have a fuel tank defect that blocks the car from receiving a full refill by several gallons. According to a report by Automotive News, multiple RAV4 Hybrid owners have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the issue. Toyota is investigating the issue and although they have not established a final explanation, it has raised the possibility of a design flaw in the car’s fuel tank system. It’s unclear how widespread the issue is or how many vehicles may be affected. Toyota reportedly sold a total of 92,525 RAV4 Hybrids in 2019.

Our firm is investigating a potential 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Class Action Lawsuit. If you are an owner of a RAV4 Hybrid that won’t fill a full tank at the pump, talk to an auto lawyer immediately. We can help you understand your legal rights.

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Toyota Owners Submit Complaint to Federal Agency Citing Fuel Tank Problem

Multiple complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by owners of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid who cite fuel tank issues, according to a report by the Automotive Times. In these complaints, customers discovered that their vehicle won’t accept more than 9-11 gallons inside the car’s advertised 14.5-gallon fuel tank. Toyota has confirmed that it is investigating cases in which the shape of the fuel tank can prevent a full refill in certain RAV4 Hybrid vehicles. 

RAV4 Hybrid Won’t Fill a Full Tank at the Pump

Any defect in the fuel tank system that prevents a full refill by several gallons would contribute to a serious decrease in the car’s overall driving range and combined 40 mpg fuel economy rating.  

Toyota released a statement confirming that the company is “investigating a fuel tank shape issue on certain RAV4 Hybrid vehicles.” The company admitted that the problem could impact the vehicle’s total available driving distance. As Toyota is investigating, it recommends that customers refuel before or when the low fuel light appears to prevent running out of fuel.

According to Automotive News, although the company did not provide a direct explanation, it did hint at a design problem and established that the company altered the shape of the fuel tank when converging the RAV4 into a hybrid. It’s unclear how widespread the issue is or how many vehicles may be affected. Toyota sold 92,525 RAV4 Hybrids in 2019, according to company sales reports.

If you are an owner of a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid that doesn’t accept a full fuel refill, or any other malfunction of your Toyota vehicle, you may have a claim. Learn more about your legal options today.

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