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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,877 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.

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2006 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 022010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Toyota Avalon. Consumer states unintended acceleration the consumer stated the vehicle suddenly accelerated out of control. The consumer stated it happened after the recall was performed.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 222008


  • 60,857 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that he was driving with his foot on the brake pedal when suddenly the vehicle accelerated. The speed of the vehicle increased to 45 mph. The vehicle drove over the curb twice, accelerated and suddenly stopped. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing; however, they were unable to determine what caused the failure to occur. The failure occurred before the contact received recall 09V388000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The contact requested reimbursement from the manufacturer; however, they could not offer it since the failure occurred over a year ago. The failure mileage was 60,857. The current mileage was approximately 82,500.

- Darlington , SC, USA

problem #7

May 222009


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph in reverse into a parking space at speeds of less than 5 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated forward without warning and crashed into a brick wall. The vehicle sustained moderate front end damage. The police arrived at the scene and a police report was filed accordingly. The contact confirmed that this was not the first time the vehicle accelerated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer three times for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 46,592.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 092010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,100 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Avalon. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph and attempted to pass a vehicle, suddenly the accelerator pedal became stuck. When the gear was shifted into the neutral position the vehicle slowed down. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road. The contact released the stuck accelerator pedal manually with the use of his hands. The failure occurred after the acceleration pedal modification repair which was performed on March 5, 2010. The NHTSA campaign id number was 10V01700 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer. The accelerator pedal assembly was removed during the inspection process. Also, the vehicle was test driven and the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 43,100. The current mileage is 43,300. Updated 05/10/10 the consumer stated two weeks later, a new pedal assembly was installed in the vehicle. Updated 05/12/10.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #5

Feb 242010


  • 28,510 miles
The day after my car had 3 recalls corrected, I was driving around 20 mph when the car started to take off. I put the brake on real hard and got it stopped at about 35 mph. Needless to say my passenger and I were scared to death.

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 282010


  • 31,859 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Avalon. The contact had the repair done on Feb 17th for the recall on the accelerator pedal. The contact did not have a problem until the repair was done, which was the placement of a metal shim that was put under the accelerator pedal. On February 28 there was an unintended acceleration with the vehicle. The contact was parking the vehicle and while backing up the vehicle accelerated, he then shifted the vehicle into drive and it went forward and hit the vehicle in front of him. The contact then put the vehicle in neutral and turned the it off and it stopped. The vehicle did not stop revving up until it was turned off. No one was injured, there was only bumper damage. A police officer was there and he took a report. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and contact was told to file a claim, #1003101250. The failure mileage was 31,859.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 212006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that when driving, his vehicle suddenly accelerated.. he depressed the brakes but the vehicle continued to accelerate. He kept pressing the brakes and shifted gears into neutral until eventually the vehicle began to decelerate. He took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the cause may have been the floor mats. He did not have any more problems after that failure occurred in March 2006. He called the manufacturer in 2009 about the floor mat recall 09V388000 and was told to go the dealer to have the floor mats removed. The contact stated that the current mileage was approximately 64,900. The failure mileage was approximately 9,000. Updated 2/26/10 updated 09/07/10

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 152009


  • 60,000 miles
While Toyota has issued a letter regarding NHTSA campaign #09V388000, I believe that the problem with continuous acceleration is caused not by the carpet (which is a ludicrous story) but by the faulty control mechanism (perhaps, computer chips) used in the cruise control. My 2006 Avalon has a laser-guided cruise control which automatically slows down my vehicle when it approaches too close to the vehicle ahead of it. After a safe distance is attained, it then accelerates to keep up with the vehicle ahead. I have noticed that sometimes in so doing, the vehicle surges as if I were flooring the gas pedal. It is scary when it lunges forward with such a force. I am no longer using the cruise control for this reason. I believe that the problem is in certain cruise control defect. Carpet has nothing to do with it. That sounds like a smoke screen. Please investigate vigorously.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 182006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 570 miles
At times the engine speed does not increase when the accelerator pedal is depressed. Such as when I stop at a red light and then try to accelerate when the light turns green and at times when I try to pass another vehicle and I cannot increase speed or when I slow down and then try to accelerate the vehicle does not accelerate as it should.

- Harlem, GA, USA

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