— A Toyota RAV4 class action lawsuit says the SUVs were marketed with optional adaptive headlights, but the RAV4s aren't equipped with those headlights even for customers who choose and want the option.
The class action lawsuit alleges the Monroney stickers, or window labels, say the RAV4 SUVs are equipped with, “Adaptive Front Headlight System – LED Projector Headlights w/ Auto Level Control & Auto On/Off Feature.”
The RAV4 class action alleges these vehicles are missing the adaptive headlights.
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Hybrid
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 XLE
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium Hybrid
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 Limited
- 2022 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid
Adaptive headlights help drivers see better at night as sensors cause the headlights to automatically adjust the angle of the lighting when the driver turns the steering wheel.
"The auto level feature of the Adaptive Headlights automatically adjusts the vertical angle of the beam in response to sensors that detect changes in ride height caused by changes in the number of passengers or luggage volume." — Toyota RAV4 class action lawsuit
California plaintiff Sharlene Shu purchased a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE AWD SUV in January 2022. The lawsuit says the RAV4 she purchased had a window sticker that said the RAV4 had “optional” equipment, including adaptive headlights.
The plaintiff claims Toyota waited eight months to tell her the RAV4 was not equipped with adaptive headlights but no refund or repair would occur.
The class action lawsuit alleges Toyota's advertisements are false and misleading and meant to cause consumers to overpay for the RAV4 SUVs.
The Toyota RAV4 class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: Sharlene Shu, v. Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., et al.
The plaintiff is represented by Gutride Safier LLP.