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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,400 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.

2001 Toyota Echo engine problems

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2001 Toyota Echo Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 032015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Echo. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle crashed into a house garage door and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a waist injury and the front passenger sustained chest and arm injuries which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Patillas, PR, USA

problem #4

Dec 222009

Echo 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Accelerator sticks when depressed all the way to floor in Toyota Echo 2001. Happened in November 2009 too. I try not to push it all the way down.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #3

May 052002


  • 30,000 miles
This is an incident I eventually put behind myself, but the recent news about Toyota has resurrected the events that took place on 5/5/02 in my 01 Toyota Echo (I can provide the VIN# and the incident happened in belews creek, nc). I was backing out of my drive way and was unable to stop my car when I applied my brake and I ended up going into the trees and down a hill before my car was stopped by the tree that the trunk of my car hit. I was convinced I had hit the brake. I even took my other foot and tried to use both feet to stop the car (I crushed the top of my foot with my other shoe ¿ that is how much pressure I tried to apply). I researched other complaints about the breaks sticking and remember something being said about cool ambient temperatures. I contacted Toyota usa and NHTSA and provided weather temperatures and other details about what happened. I even requested repairs not be made to the car until it was inspected. I was told nothing was found upon inspection and I my claim was basically dismissed. The accident went on my record as my fault so of course my premiums went up for years. I was most frustrated and I can¿T even begin to explain how it felt to have so many people not believe me. I feel it affected my confidence as a driver and I was so nervous driving that car that I traded it in not long afterwards. I also traded in the Toyota Tundra I had recently purchased. I wrote Toyota and told them if this was how they treated their customers, then I would not remain a customer and would never return. I am writing this email because I know that this was brought to Toyota's attention that there was evidence of problems even earlier than what they are currently acknowledging. The fact that it had to take people dying for them to notice is completely appalling to me! I understand that there are bound to be problems with virtually every make and model of car, but ignoring claims like this is complete negligence.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 122009


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Echo. While entering a ramp at 50 mph, the floor mat caused the accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position. She was able to remove the floor mat and avoid a crash. The failure and current mileages were 67,000.

- Oakland , CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042003


  • miles
While driving at any speed and without warning the vehicle will accelerated and it becames difficult for the consumer to get the vehicle to decelerate resulting in vehicle damage, the dealer has been notified.

- Balsam Lake, WI, USA

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