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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,009 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.

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2005 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 142011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while reversing 3 mph from a parking space, the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed into two parked vehicles. The vehicle was then shifted into drive yet the vehicle then accelerated forward before crashing into another vehicle and a light pole. Both of the front air bags deployed, causing injuries and bruises to the driver and the passenger. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and deemed as destroyed. The contact stated that just prior to the crash, the vehicle was serviced by the dealer for routine maintenance. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) but could not confirm if the vehicle was included in the recall as the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #7

Mar 272011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving 60-65 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The brakes were depressed to the floorboard and the parking brake was engaged but to no avail and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact was concerned that he would crash into another vehicle and exited an off ramp where he crashed in an open field where the vehicle went airborne and rolled over several times. Before coming to rest right side up. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained internal injuries and a fracture to both the left and right ribs. The vehicle was destroyed. A passenger sustained injuries to the ribs and vertebra. A police report was filed. The contact stated that he had never experienced the failure prior to the date of the crash. The approximate failure and current mileage was 62,000. The consumer also stated the air bags failed to deploy. The consumer stated the accelerator modification was performed by the dealer in April 2010. Updated evoq 06/15/11.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph and attempting to park. The brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The vehicle would not stop until the ignition was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and the computer software was updated. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id numbers 09V388000 and 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The failure occurred after the recall remedy was performed on the vehicle. The contact had concerns with the potential safety hazard. The failure mileage was approximately 61,000.

- Lasalle, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 212010


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). Following repairs, the vehicle began to exhibit signs of potential stalling before abnormally accelerating. The dealer advised that the spark plugs were not properly firing. The spark plugs were replaced yet the failure persisted. The dealer then advised replacing the transmission. The failure was not as constant as before however; sporadically the vehicle would exhibit signs of hesitation. The contact stated that prior to recall repairs, the vehicle was operating as normal. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 114,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Honea Path, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 282009


  • 4,502 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. The contact noticed a sudden increase in speed when stopping at a traffic light. The acceleration seemed to occur at a low speeds and on an intermittent basis. The repair for recall 10V017000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) was performed but the failure still occurred. The contact called both the dealer and the manufacturer who both stated that because the surges were occurring at low speeds, no further repairs were covered under the recall. The failure mileage was 4,502.

- Tallahasse, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 262007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Avalon. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated automatically to 80 mph. The contact attempted to shift back into auto manual mode, but the transmission failed to respond. The vehicle drove up a hill without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The contact was forced to apply maximum brake pressure to moderate the acceleration and place the vehicle in neutral. The vehicle recently had a routine inspection at 25,300 miles. The dealer did not find any failures with the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 27,000.

- Spring Creek , NV, USA

problem #2

Sep 182005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles
The throttle stuck to the floor, causing the vehicle to go forward quickly. With a lot of effort the consumer was able to get the vehicle in neutral and shut it off. This happened on September 18, 2005. When the consumer took vehicle to the dealer for repairs they told him that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. They did nothing to alter the vehicle. The consumer felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive.

- Winona, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,768 miles
Noticing hesitation at low speed gear shifting. Results in no acceleration inspite of pressing the accelerator and after a lag car suddenly responds. Had trouble while merging from the ramp on to the highway now for a total of three times. Concerned that this may result in an accident specially while merging or driving at low speeds in heavt traffic.

- Linn Creek, MO, USA

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