RAV4 EV Keeps Switching into Neutral

According to the EPA, the 2012-14 RAV4 EV has a range of about 100 miles. But you’re not going to get anywhere near that if the darn thing keeps switching into neutral when it’s not supposed to. Toyota has finally figured out what’s going on and here’s a breakdown of the recall details we have so far:

  • The problem is software related. An error in the “electric vehicle traction motor assembly” will shift the SUV into neutral and present you with a generic “Check EV System” message.
  • The issue affects 2,500 RAV4 EVs from the 2012-2014 model years
  • Toyota hasn’t announced when the recall will begin.

Keep an eye out for an official recall notice from Toyota. Owners can call 800-331-4331 with any questions.


The short-lived 2nd generation RAV4 EV has had mixed reviews. On one hand, it’s an all-electric SUV which sets it apart from the crowd. On the other hand, owners have said they needed to replace the motor assembly, the heater, the DC-to-DC converter, and the charger timer.

If you’ve had issues with your RAV 4 EV, add your complaint on CarComplaints.com.