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U.S. probing engine fires in Toyota RAV4 SUVs

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The U.S. government is investigat­ing complaints of engine compartmen­t fires in nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4 small SUVs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administra­tion began investigat­ing after getting 11 fire complaints involving the 2013 through 2018 model years. The RAV4 is the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. that isn’t a pickup truck.

In documents posted Monday, the agency says fires start on the left side of the engine compartmen­t. A terminal on the 12-volt battery may short to the frame, causing loss of electrical power, engine stalling or a fire.

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