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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,584 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.

2008 Toyota Avalon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 212012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


December 2012: I noticed a small crack at right side of dashboard. By April 2014 at least 10 more cracks appeared on upper, lower, and side surfaces of dashboard. Some cracks extend the entire width of the dashboard and some around the air bag. I am concerned that if there is an air bag deployment; occupants could be injured by dashboard debris.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 022012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 17,920 miles
2008 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle sudden acceleration. The consumer stated as his wife turned into a perpendicular parking space, all of a sudden, the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own, only stopping when it hit a parking barricade. His wife did attempt to apply the brake, but to no avail. The consumer stated the air bag did not deploy.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 042012

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Air bags failed to deploy. I was involved in an accident in which my car was T-bone on the pax side and then my car crashed head on into a guard rail. The other vehicle was going at an estimated speed of 35 mph while my vehicle was crossing an intersection at less than 5 mph. The impact of the crash crushed the pax side of the car; jaws of life had to be used to extract the pax in my vehicle. Upon impact my vehicle traveled in a side manner and spun around hitting a guard rail approximately straight on. The entire front of the vehicle was crushed and the driver door was bent on impact. The vehicle was a total loss; nothing in front of the front tires was left on the vehicle. In spite of this, not a single airbag in the vehicle deployed. Police report done on scene as well as emt report state the same.

- Keswick, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 232009


  • 21,500 miles
2008 Toyota Avalon. Stopped in traffic, foot on brake. Without warning, car accelerated forward. Pushed harder on brake and car nose-dived and collided with pu truck stopped ahead. Avalon front bumper went under rear bumper of pu. Air bag did not deploy. Floor mat still in place. $5600 damage to Avalon, none to pu.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 042009

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While making a left turn she was struck by another vehicle. The frontal air bags deployed. However the plastic for the knee bags caused deep lacerations on her leg. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted, but no assistance was provided. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and repaired. The failure mileage was 10,500. Updated 12/09/09 the consumer stated the severe injuries she received was from the air bags deploying. Updated 12/09/09.

- Lucedale, MS, USA

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