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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,000 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 032010


  • 84,000 miles


My 2002 Toyota Avalon when put in reverse could not be stopped and went into a parked car with 2 people in it! this also happened to my 1998 Toyota Avalon twice!!

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 032010


  • 200,000 miles
Was driving my 2002 Avalon to work this morning and it started having the acceleration issues. I didn't even have to step on the gas after stopping at a stop sign and got to 40 mph no problem. When I finally got to work and put it in park the engine revved the gas pedal was not stuck under the floor mat. Definitely seems electronic to me. Now Toyota is charging $95 just to diagnose issue as it is outside of the years recalled. I came across a report that they are investigating as far back as my year now though. hoping they expand this thing and get it fixed!

- Raymond, NH, USA

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