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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,922 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.

2002 Toyota Avalon brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 262009


  • 65,614 miles


Car had been parked in garage for 2 days. Drove vehicle about 1/4 mile and stopped for stop light. When entering intersection, heard a loud clunk. Car was very sluggish and noticed smoke through rear window. Stopped and found brakes locked and ABS/vsc indicators on dash lit. Had car towed to Toyota dealer who found "master cylinder seized code C1246 pressure sensor malfunction". they replaced master brake cylinder. Told them I wanted part back but they said Toyota had priority over part and kept it. Vehicle had 65,614 miles on it at time of incident. Also, brake system flush had been performed by Toyota dealer 4000 miles and 4 months previous.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 022009


  • 110,316 miles
Driving car in parking lot at 10 mph and suddenly would not move any more when in gear while engine running normally. Following indicator lights were on: "vsc on", "vsc off", and "ABS". wheels were totally locked and would not turn and tires drug when vehicle pulled up flatbed tow truck with winch. Dealer diagnosed as "found brakes are locked on. Found master cylinder not releasing. Brake fluid in booster". described to me by dealer on phone that pin in master cylinder froze for some unknown reason. Took almost 2 weeks for dealer to get part as national backorder (which could indicate a serious, frequent problem with this part). This could have killed me and my family if operating at highway speeds when pin locked. This appears to be identical to previous condition noted in ODI claim 10215967 on same year and model of vehicle. This is an extremely dangerous condition, should not normally occur, but appears to be happening to more than one owner.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,836 miles
Master cylinder seized up and was unable to move vehicle.

- Hastings, MN, USA

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