How do I fix blind-spot monitor problems on a Toyota RAV4?

My Toyota RAV4 keeps displaying an “error” message when I use my blind-spot monitor. It’s a bit frustrating, and I would hate to take it to a mechanic and spend tons of money if I don’t need to do so. How can I fix the blind spot monitor on my Toyota RAV4?

Kevin Martinez · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
We’re sorry to hear that your RAV4’s blind-spot monitor system is not working! The best way to resolve this issue is by resetting your blind-spot monitor system.
What you’ll want to do is try turning off your car and checking the blind-spot sensor itself. Typically you can find it on the left or right side of the rear bumper.
Your blind-spot sensor might get covered in dirt, mud, and other grime due to its location, impacting its sensitivity and, ultimately, its functionality. Make sure to clean it well and once you do, go ahead and restart your car’s engine.
From there, it will re-calibrate. Once it re-calibrates, it should be set to go, and the issue should go away. If it doesn’t, you may have to take it to a local mechanic or Toyota dealership to assess the issue further.
Ultimately, it could be as simple as cleaning up your blind spot sensor, or it could be an issue with the sensor itself, which you’ll want a licensed mechanic to take a look at.
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