Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Toyota Avalon engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 062009

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


1998 Toyota Avalon stuck gas pedal the consumer stated as he was attempting to park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. He swerved to the right to avoid hitting a parked vehicle. The vehicle jumped the curb and across the sidewalk and down a slight decline and hit a tree about 40 to 50 feet from the street curb. Applying the brakes did not help. The vehicle was declared a total loss.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 032004

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
While pulling into a parking space vehicle surged forward and crashed with a wall. While against the wall the vehicle continued to to surge until the consumer removed the key from the ignition. The police and the fire department responded to the collision. Consumer sustained slight knee injuries.

- Hingham, MA, USA

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