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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
91,444 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Toyota Avalon seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 202014


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owned a 2001 Toyota Avalon. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a store window. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained chest injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #8

Mar 202014


  • miles
2001 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle unintended acceleration. The consumer stated as he pulled into a parking space, at less than 5 mph, with his foot on the brake, the vehicle suddenly accelerated at a high rate of speed. The vehicle did not stop even with his foot on the brake at full force and eventually he crashed onto a large 12 by 10 window of a building some 50 feet away. The air bags did not deploy. The consumer suffered some bruising. The vehicle was totaled.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #7

May 032014

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 290,000 miles
On May 3rd 2014 I was on my way to work I looked down and ran off the road I was trying to slowly get back on the road. I didn't stomp the brake because I was afraid I would flip my car. I forgot I had my cruise control on. My car was front wheel drive and as the tires grabbed it through me in to the guard rail on the opposite side of the road. My car went into a spin and finally stopped. My seat belt grabbed and knocked the breath out of me. My seat belt did not come out. I am still recovering. The adjuster said it was totaled. [xxx] May 17th 2014. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Alma, GA, USA

problem #6

Jan 312014

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


Horn sounded squeaky, then inoperative. Airbag light went on. Cruise no longer worked. Toyota diagnosed the spiral cable A/K/a clock needed replacement. Other vehicles, including Toyota, had recalls on this. It should not have malfunctioned at this age of the car, only 108,000 miles. Should have been a recall, paid by Toyota. It cost me nearly $500 to get it fixed. Maybe the cable was damaged when the steering lock bar was fixed, on a previous recall (years prior)."?"

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #5

Mar 012013

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 225,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. In addition, the horn and the cruise control function were inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and the technician diagnosed that the clock spring needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 225,000 and the current mileage was 230,000.

- Nakina, NC, USA

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problem #4

Mar 302011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
3/30/11 coming out of a right hand turn, it looked like the steering locked into a position which caused the driver to lose the ability to steer. The car slid and the driver's side door was crushed into a tree. The driver side airbag did not work. The driver was injured and was later pronounced dead at the hospital from internal injuries. The car has been preserved at a storage facility in Texas since shortly after the accident. It is available for inspection. Not sure whether the gas pedal stuck or not. I was told that there was a black box in these cars which could possibly lead to answers. The steering on the vehicle was recalled and the vehicle was brought to the Toyota dealership for the repair in January 2011. I have copies of the repair bill. Please see that no others are hurt. Updated 10/31/11

- Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #3

Feb 112006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


: the contact stated while traveling 15-20 mph on icy roads the driver lost control of the vehicle. There was prior braking and the vehicle passenger side front door struck a tree. The airbags did not deploy. There was a police report taken at the scene. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts, but the passenger sustained a minor cut. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where the insurance company deemed the vehicle totaled. The manufacturer sent an engineering analyst associate who determined the airbags should not have deployed.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Jun 291999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light continuously illuminated on the dashboard. As a result, the air bags were inoperative, the dealer inspected the vehicle 13 times and could not duplicate or correct the problem. The dealer replaced all the wiring, however the problem continued.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 162001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was at standstill in traffic and was rearended. Trunk was pushed into backseat. Vehicle was pushed into vehicle in front, vehicle in front and consumer's vehicle were totalled. Seatbelt did not restrain driver. He hit his head on steering wheel, required 20 stitches. Passengers seat belt worked, however drivers did not, passenger sustained minor injuries, consumer list that vehicle has motorbelts and regular seat belts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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