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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,148 miles

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2010 Toyota 4Runner brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 222012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


22dec12 49F entered corner at 50mph, roads slightly wet. 4runner decided the car was slipping and the panic beeps went off and the car applied brakes. Unfortunately the computer straightened the car out and pointed it off the road. It took all my strength to turn the car back into the corner and finally the computer stopped the panic. After this I was unable to turn off the traction control via the enable/disable button until I had turned off the vehicle. I was following a car into the corner and that car navigated the corner fine. Also, since owning this vehicle, 10 times it has assumed I was panic braking. Literally, the 4runner slams on the brakes and brings the vehicle to a stop. Luckily there has been no one behind me during these events. In the winter of 2011, the 4runner lost control on an icy road at fairly low speed. I couldn't do anything because the computer was trying to get control back. I suspect the computer got confused because I could have totally gotten control back. The traction control is never really off. You can turn it off, but it will kick back on when it thinks you are no longer in control of the vehicle.

- Pullman, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 092010

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 640 miles
This complaint concerns the new 2010 Toyota 4runner. There is an issue with the braking system and handling for this vehicle. Upon depressing the brakes, the pedal travels a considerable distance sounds squeaky and notchy and delays in stopping. The anti-lock brakes do not interact quickly and often times engaged at the very end of the brake distance and creates a very uncomfortable and unsettling feeling. The height clearance is also a concern because when cross winds hit the vehicle it creates a very unsettling feeling and causes the vehicle to sway and get under the vehicle making prone to loss control. That wind does not have to be excessive; the mildest of winds will cause a disruption. Several measures have been taken to have a local Toyota dealership review and address the issue and they have come back and stated that it operates according to specifications. No one other than Toyota knows of those specifications and they will not disclose them until enough people highlight this issue by complaining. To add further insult to injury, Toyota has placed an administrative hold on any repairs unless they sanction it. In one of the latest uses, I had a deer cross my path and I tried to stop and the vehicle kept moving along and the brakes grabbed after 12 feet. I missed the deer but I was forced to relive the issue of how faulty the brakes are for this vehicle. It reinforced the issues with the braking system. We need for Toyota to own up to this hidden defect. The electrical systems in these vehicles seem to control every operating aspect of the vehicle and that appears at issue as well. Updated IVOQ 01/20/11 the consumer would like a response to his complaint updated IVOQ 03/01/11

- Tenafly, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 012010


  • 6,000 miles
2010 Toyota 4runner, in this case a 4 wheel drive. Panic braking at 55mph+ is dangerous. If you suddenly remove your foot from the gas pedal and suddenly apply full braking pressure to the brake pedal, the car lurches downward into a nose dive so violently that in one case I would swear the rear tires lost contact with the road. The two times I have encountered this I was on dry pavement and it is scary, I can't imagine wet conditions. In the incident where I was traveling approx. 65 mph the braking application was so severe that I backed off the pedal completely and then attempted to apply brakes more gradually and I got a minimal response from the brakes. In other words, the computer was terribly confused and didn't know what to do. The car has under 10,000 miles and both incidents resulted in some tire skidding. The anti-lock brake sensor/software needs fixing along with the front suspension being stiffened.

- Indian Springs, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152010


  • 950 miles
2010 Toyota 4runner fails to accelerate intermittently when gas pedal is pressed. Has failed to respond to accelerator for a full three seconds at one point. Commonly, delayed response lasts 1-2 seconds. Took vehicle to dealership. They were unable to duplicate the problem. Service tech said this could be caused by the electronic traction control. Issue occurs regardless of traction conditions.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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