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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,663 miles

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2008 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 052010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,767 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving approximately 15 to 20 mph, the contact depressed the brakes while driving over a speed bump and the vehicle accelerated over a curb and onto someone's property. The vehicle crashed into a fence and some small trees. The contact placed the vehicle in park and shut the engine off. The contact was not injured. A police report was filed. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to her residence although the front passenger tire was flat. The vehicle was repaired four months prior to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator). The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileages were 44,767. Updated 10/13/10. Updated 10/19/10

- Colorado Spring, CO, USA

problem #7

Mar 302010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while parking in a garage, the vehicle suddenly accelerated which caused it to crash into the garage. The contact applied the brakes but the vehicle did not stop. The contact called the manufacturer and was advised to take the vehicle to an authorized dealership so that a technical representative could inspect it. The rep had not determined the cause of the acceleration at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 23,500 updated 11/29/10 updated 11/20/10

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 202009

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,444 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While the contact was driving approximately 2 mph into the garage, the vehicle suddenly accelerated which resulted in a crash. There were no injuries. The contact did not state if a police report was filed. The vehicle sustained damages to the hood and fender. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure and current mileages were 32,444. Updated 05/11/10. Updated 5/28/10 updated 09/23/10

- Cincinatti, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 212010

Avalon

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2008 Toyota Avalon. Consumer states unintended acceleration and brake failure after kit was installed. After taking an exit, the consumer encountered moderate traffic, when he had to brake behind backed up traffic. As he eased into the lineup, he discovered his vehicle was not stopping. The brakes started to fade and at that point he threw the shift selector into neutral. The engine roared, revving over 4,000 RPM's and then settled down to normal speed. Two weeks prior to the incident, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for the accelerator pedal recall. At that time, the dealer installed a shim kit. Up to the Feb 21, 2010 incident no problem with unintended acceleration had been experienced. When the consumer returned to the dealer to report the incident he was told that the internal black box computer did not register an event.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 262010

Avalon

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving at 15mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated up to 40mph.the vehicle was taken to the dealership where NHTSA recall #09V388000 vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal and 10V017000 vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal were performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer had not been called at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 40,000

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #3

Mar 162008

Avalon

  • 95 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving at various speeds, she noticed that the vehicle intermittently began shifting into a different gear on its own. The vehicle felt as if it was attempting to accelerate. The failure became progressively worse and most recently, seemed to occur on a daily basis. When the failure would occur, she had to continuously depress the brake pedal in order to maintain control of the vehicle. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the nearest dealership. The vehicle was involved in an open recall campaign (NHTSA campaign id: 10V017000: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) and an appointment was made for repairs. The vehicle had not yet been repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was approximately 95 and the current mileage was 21,200.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 242009

Avalon

  • miles
Consumer has a 2008 Toyota Avalon and wants information about the problem of sudden acceleration with Toyota.

- University Center, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 232009

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 8,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The vehicle surged while driving approximately 60 mph and the speed increased between 5 and 10 mph. She was unable to stop the vehicle by engaging the brake pedal and the cruise control. When the vehicle began to slow down. She was able to engage the brake pedal and down shift to the lowest gear. At approximately 40 mph the contact used the emergency brake to shut the engine off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. She was told that the floor mat caused became stuck under the accelerator pedal and caused the failure. The dealer cut the floor mat to fit it in the vehicle and hooked it to the bolts. The contact also paid a fee to determine if the computer system displayed any failure codes. The failure did not reoccur after the dealer cut the floor mats. She recently received recall 09V388000, vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal notice. The current mileage was approximately 9,000. The failure mileage was approximately 8,500. Updated 12/30/09 the consumer stated the floor was not cut to fit vehicle. The cruise control was not activated. Updated 12/30/09

- Grantham, NH, USA

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