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Crashes / Fires:
23 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 2
Average Mileage:
36,627 miles

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2007 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Aug 162010


  • 64,000 miles


Uninitiated acceleration caused car to lurch many feet before brake application with shift into neutral could stop the car. Two incidents with same car even after work performed to prevent the problem. Denial by dealer and corporation that there is a problem with the car. Two events three months apart.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #40

Dec 192009


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. While driving 35 mph during snowy weather, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. He engaged the brakes yet the vehicle would not stop. The rear of the vehicle crashed into a guard rail. A police report was available. The contact sustained injuries to the head and shoulders. A passenger sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #39

Jul 272010


  • 53,322 miles
Vehicle was stopped, engine running, transmission in drive, driver's foot on brake. Suddenly the vehicle revved to about 2000 RPM. As foot remained on brake, the brakes held the car from moving forward. Driver put transmission in park and shut engine off. No movement, no damage, no injury. Vehicle was restarted and driven home without incident. Owner made appointment with Toyota dealer for inspection. Vehicle was a 2007 Toyota Avalon limited which was recalled for sua and was allegedly corrected by a Toyota dealer in March, 2010. Incident occurred on 7-27-10.

- Winter Harbor, ME, USA

problem #38

Jun 162010


  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The vehicle was previously repaired for the vehicle speed control accelerator pedal recall. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle lunged forward. The brakes were applied but the brake pedal became very stiff and failed to stop until it crashed into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The driver was not injured. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a junk lot. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 38,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #37

Jan 072008


  • miles
There was an error in the 1st complaint I submitted plus I now have the VIN number. 2007 Toyota Avalon lunged forward and driver thought he had been hit from behind and knocked unconscious. He thought he had hit a concrete wall and he had hit a car (possibly a wall also, the da denies it was a construction zone and we have pictures showing it was). A woman, not wearing a seat belt and her air bag did not deploy, was killed. A witness said her car turned over and uprighted and he called 911 but was not in court. A piece of metal from the roadway is involved in the woman's death but da denies but police reported. Vehicle was named as a deadly weapon so sentence was enhanced. My husband was convicted of felony manslaughter, no drugs or alcohol involved but originally charged but tests proved differently. Toyota failed to report problems with this car or we would have never rented it from don mcgill Toyota in houston, tx. Your Agency is charging Toyota fines, others are being compensated and here we sit, my husband in prison for something caused by Toyota's negligence when he should be home with me. No attorney wants a case that has to be litigated when others settle out of court with little effort when ours has to be litigated because my husband was wrongfully convicted because of Toyota and an over zealous da that waited almost 8 months to indict my husband. He was never ticketed for anything. We were denied access to the rental car and did not even get our personal belongings. We need help, fines paid by Toyota won't help us. We need help. Is there no help for us or are our lives expendable? I know I wasn't supposed to give personal information but we need someone to listen and direct us to help.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #36

Jan 072008


  • miles
2007 Toyota Avalon lunged forward and driver thought he had been hit from behind and knocked out he thought by a concrete wall but he hit another car. A woman, not wearing a seat belt and air bag did not deploy, was killed. Man, my husband was convicted of felony manslaughter naming the vehicle as a deadly weapon. Because Toyota did not report safety issues we rented this vehicle and if we had known we would not have rented the vehicle and my husband would be at home instead of prison, no drugs or alcohol were involved as originally charged but tests prove differently. I know I am not supposed to give personal information but I need help. My name is [xxx]. no attorney wants a case that has a conviction, they want cases that settle out of court with little effort. Your Agency is getting paid fines from Toyota, others are being compensated while we suffer because the car was a rental and the dealership denied access to the car by our attorneys and ourselves. We did not even get our personal belongings. We need help. Is there no help for us or are our lives expendable? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #35

Mar 182010

(reported on)

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles


2007 Avalon limited with acceleration problems. The consumer stated he experienced acceleration problems right from the beginning. The consumer made an appointment to have the vehicle inspected. The mechanic and the consumer went for a test drive. The mechanic explained that the computer was not used to the consumer's style of driving and it would adjust if the vehicle was driven for a longer period of time. However, the problem still continues randomly.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #34

Feb 242010


  • 25,865 miles
I was approximately 2 1/2 cars length apart from the car in front of me. When I saw the traffic light begin to change from yellow to red, I quickly put on my brakes, but the car did not slow down or stop; it accelerated instead. I kept my foot all the way on the brake pedal, but the car still did not slow down or stop. I brace myself for the impact because I knew that it was unavoidable to hit the car in front of me. It finally stopped when it struck the car in front of me.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #33

Mar 062010


  • 37,500 miles
1A. pulling into parking space and while braking, car accelerated forward, hitting cement block that stopped vehicle. Damage to area under license plate. 1B. braking to stop for a red light in traffic car suddenly accelerated and ran into vehicle in front. My car sustained damage to front area near license plate. Other car--no damage. 2. failure to stop when braking at 5 to 10 mph on two occasions. Damage to front lower car body. 3. brought car into fred anderson Toyota in raleigh, nc and they completed Avalon recall procedure on sticking accelerator. After accident drove to same dealership and they performed two additional recall procedures. They were unable to identify cause of sudden acceleration.

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #32

Mar 092010


  • 47,500 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Avalon. On Feb. 10, 2010 the gas pedal recall was fixed at the dealer. On March 9, 2010, the acceleration problem returned. The car went approximately 1/2 mile without my foot on the gas pedal. Turning into my driveway, the car accelerated on its own.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #31

Mar 062010


  • 23,800 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. She received notification of a recall on her vehicle (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) and repairs were performed accordingly. Following the repair, while sitting idle at a stop light, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning. She was able to place the vehicle in neutral and bring it to a stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they could not determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was still in the dealers possession at the time of the complaint. The failure and current mileages were 23,800.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 242010


  • 36,200 miles
In January 2010 my Toyota Avalon ltd with apx 36K miles forced forward and I could not shut it down I have a very bad back and neck with multiple discs replaced with a metal plate in my neck and low back bad discs. I went and had my low back injected from intense pain brought on after I was banging my foot on the brake - got down to pull up the gas pedal which was not stuck - finally got the car off... after recovering from the residual effects and rest required after the shot, I took my car to Toyota repair in St george. I was ridiculed by some arrogant employees (young) who said that the rug got the pedal stuck. I assured this young whipper snapper that the rug was not there when the car wanted to have a mind of its own but he did not listen. I went inside and spoke to the supervisor who was very accommodating and apologized for the attitude and harassment of his employees. My car was serviced the next day and they added a metal plate somewhere in the gas pedal. I told the supervisor a few days later that the gas pedal now gently slaps my foot when I let my foot off the gas. I was told I would get used to it. I called Toyota again to tell them that while driving my car is acting like it is changing gears as if I were driving it like a sports car style (which I do not do). He immediately scheduled my car for additional repairs a) different gas pedal and B) re program my electronics computer for something I do not understand. I am 62 year old and worry about driving my car every time I take it out of the garage now. I want Toyota to give me back my money. I paid cash for my car in 2007 it was my first brand new car in 40 years. I keep it in mint condition. I service it at Toyota every 3,000 or so miles. I told Toyota repair number of times car acting strangely. They say no pbm. I planned on driving this car for the rest of my driving years on this earth. Now, all I do is worrying about dying in a car crash and am afraid to drive it. Please help me. Thank you.

- St George, UT, USA

problem #29

Mar 062010


  • 45,000 miles
On March 3, 2010, I had my 2007 Avalon retrofitted for the recall. On March 6, 2010, I had an accident. The car had a mind of its own. I rear-ended a guy in front of me while exiting a city park. The car just took off. What a mess! now, I have a back that is killing me, a car that I'm afraid to drive (when I get it back) and an at fault accident. I am livid. Tried to call Toyota and they will not allow you to leave a message to even speak to someone.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #28

Nov 012007

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. While driving at approximately 70mph and attempted to pass another vehicle, suddenly his vehicle accelerated out of control he continued to apply the brake until the vehicle stopped. At first he thought it was drivers error, because he had removed the floor mat. He asked the dealer to reprogram the brake override system, because he felt that the pedal replacement would not correct the failure. The manufacturer took a report. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 54,000. Updated 06/29/10 updated 07/06/10.

- Elkhart, IL, USA

problem #27

Mar 022010


  • 49,389 miles
Car was fix for recall my totoyta avlon 2007 but now having acceleraton.

- Franklin, NJ, USA

problem #26

Mar 032010


  • 30,250 miles
2007 Toyota Avalon - I had no problem with my Avalon until the local Toyota dealership installed the recalls. Upon departing the dealership, after completion of the recalls, I found my Avalon would not drive below 55 mph (engine RPM would not go below 1800 RPM) as if the cruise control was on but it was not! I returned to the dealership and the service manager was able to duplicate the problem. The dealership kept the Avalon over night and the next day was unable to duplicate the problem! Toyota engineering indicated, to me, that they thought this was a computer issue with the computer learning my driving habits, sounds strange to me! the newly installed brake override did work properly. Toyota returned the Avalon to me but I am only using it when I have to as my family does not want to ride in it.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #25

Mar 022010


  • 43,000 miles
This a followup to a prior complaint ODI number 10306728. My Toyota Avalon was repaired by Toyota dch in mamaroneck and the pedal part added, but this week I again noted an unexpected acceleration, this time a low speed while pulling into a parking spot.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #24

Dec 102009


  • 25,000 miles
We own a 2007 Toyota Avalon limited. We have received recall notices on the floor mats, accelerator pedal and an oil supply hose. All are to be corrected next week. This complaint is for the purpose of letting you know that neither the accelerator pedal nor the floor map is the cause of sudden acceleration. I say this because my wife drives with hand controls with a steel plate guarding and protecting the accelerator from being used by her. Therefore it is not these items causing the sudden acceleration. We have had it happen on 3 or 4 different occasions so it was not isolated nor were these recall items at fault. Please feel free to contact us for further info if needed. Thanks.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #23

Dec 102009


  • 40,000 miles
Driving about 25 mph and had to stop for a pedestrian cross walk. Sudden acceleration of my Toyota Avalon. Was able to stop by shifting to neutral and hitting brake hard. Stopped again a few blocks later and got out of the car to determine there was no floor mat involvement.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #22

Jun 012008


  • 15,000 miles
1) while driving approx 30 mph experienced unintended acceleration. I was able to take control and stop vehicle 2) upon entering highway felt like car shut off, then accelerated by itself. Service advisor tried to tell us it happened because there are two different drivers using the car. Finally a technician came in and told the service advisor that there was a service bulletin to correct such problems. The correction was "performed ECM recalibration to improve shifting". I didn't know to report it at the time, but I think our problem should be counted. The dealer downplayed our complaint saying it was how we were driving the car, and that the car couldn't tell which of us was driving. That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. To date, we still have not received a recall notice on the gas pedal. We did receive one on the mats which we checked and were okay.

- West Hills,, CA, USA

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