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Recall 15V011000

Trailer Lighting System

Recall Details

Vehicles fitted with a trailer lighting module are being recalled because the module's software may falsely detect an electrical short in the system, shutting power off to the trailers electrical system. Signals, braking and safety lamps on the trailer may turn off automatically, resulting in unsafe towing conditions. Dealers will replace the trailer light module with a new unit and corrected software, free of charge.

Our Quick Take

Vehicles equipped with a trailer light module may turn off trailer lights automatically while in use.

What Should You Do?

The Southeast Toyota (SET) distributor group will be recalling vehicles fitted with an accessory trailer light module beginning February 23, 2015. As with any trailer, perform a visual inspection of the lights before use. If you don't receive notification in a timely manner and believe you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. SET's recall number is SET-15A.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, January 16, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 16, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
1,140
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V011000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING , TRAILER HITCHES
Summary
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 vehicles manufactured June 1, 2013, to December 29, 2014, and equipped with an accessory trailer light module. The software within the module may incorrectly detect an electrical short and preventively turn off the electrical current and the trailer lights.
Consequence
If the system incorrectly detects an electrical short and turns off the trailer lights while the trailer is being towed at night, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy
SET will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trailer light module with a new unit with corrected software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 23, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-15A.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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