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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 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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1998 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 022010

(reported on)

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles


1998 Toyota Rav4. Consumer states problems with accelerator pedal the consumer stated she has experienced problems with the vehicle for at least 7 of the 11 years she has owned it. When the consumer was at a full stop, and proceeded to step on the gas pedal, nothing happened. The vehicle would began to move when the accelerator pedal was applied with extreme force, so the vehicle jerked forward or when the accelerator pedal was pressed up and down and the vehicle would jerk forward. The service center lubricated the accelerator pedal.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 082008


  • 400,000 miles
The gas pedal broke off the fire wall, with bolts still in tact to the gas pedal.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #3

Jan 092003


  • miles
When attempting to depress brake pedal will depress throttle pedal, resulting in vehicle surging forward. Consumer feels pedals were designed incorrectly because they are too close together and are of same height.....

- Baldwin, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Acceleration pedal sticks, mostly on take off.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001


  • miles
Firewall is cracked causing gas pedal to move side to side and literally pushing through the floor with no support structure to hold it in position. A definite saftey hazard!

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

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