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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,886 miles

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2004 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

May 132015

RAV4

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags); however, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #18

May 132015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Clovis, NM, USA

problem #17

Jun 152015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags); however, the recall remedy and parts were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jeffersontown, KY, USA

problem #16

Jun 172015

RAV4

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #15

May 132015

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags), however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 11/20/15 updated 2/3/2016

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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problem #14

Sep 122015

RAV4

  • 330,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that after making a left turn at approximately 15 mph, the front passenger and driver side air bags deployed inadvertently without warning. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the curb causing all four tires to blow. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 330,000.

- San Bernadino, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 142015

RAV4

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received a notice of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags); however, the recall part was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #12

May 282015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to provide the part to do the repair. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 022015

RAV4

  • 52,000 miles
I received recall notice last week, called dealer to schedule appt., was told some one would call me back. Heard nothing, so I called back again today and was told to wait, people had been waiting 2 months. Recall notice "strongly recommends that you have this remedy performed immediately". if the dealer is overwhelmed with this recall, why aren't independent repair shops allowed to perform this procedure? hopefully, I won't have an accident.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 012015

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. MA 10/16/15 updated 11/10/15.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 212015

RAV4

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags) however, the parts needed were unavailable to perform the repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 172015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V286000 (air bags) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the vehicle repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #7

Jun 232015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V284000 (air bags) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign: 15V284000 (air bags). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Ithaca , NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 202014

RAV4

  • 22,000 miles
My mother was involved in a side impact crash (passengers side) in 2014. Her car was totaled as the other car essentially speared hers caving in the right side. She was wearing seatbelt and the airbag deployed. Mom survived with no internal injuries. However she was left with severe lacerations to the scalp, face and hematoma to the head which needed surgery. I suspect this injury was from the airbag deploying violently. My husband who is a retired firefighter/medic inspected the car after the wreck and he feels the same. There was no indication that her head hit the side window or windshield. There was blood on the airbag and all over her seat. This incident happened in Florida on a hot August day. The car has been in fl for the last ten years.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 102015

RAV4

  • miles
I would like to call your attention to Toyota's failure to adequately provide equivalent rental vehicles for customers whose vehicles are deemed unsafe to drive during the takata airbag recalls. A customer cannot be reasonably expected to meet the same needs a Rav4 serves (in my case, dog Transport) with a corolla or similar sedan rental. Toyota corporate "rules" cited to thwart the delivery of equivalent rental vehicles are numerous (refusal to provide lot vehicles, loaner vehicles, vehicles of another make, vehicles from non-preferred rental agencies, vehicles that cost more than $35/day to rent, or vehicles rented directly by customers). Further, dealers and manufacturer continually assign responsibility to each other in what seems a deliberate attempt to Dodge responsibility altogether by exhausting the customer with an endless runaround, leaving the customer little choice but to drive a severely dangerous vehicle until a fix is in place (which in Toyota's case is said to be months away). This violates the very purpose of the recall, which is to keep consumers safe. This my report from the front lines of this recall, and I want to alert you that this component of the remedy is failing, failing spectacularly, and as such is putting us citizens at greater risk of injury and death. I appreciate any corrective action you can apply.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #3

May 132015

RAV4

  • 158,000 miles
Toyota sent out safety recall notice on 13 May 2015 about the front driver airbag inflator, until today the 25 June 2015 the remedy is still not available. I am concerned about my own safety driving this car and/or the road safety. Since it is the driver's airbag that has problem, I highly demand to have all the 2004-2005 model year Rav4 collected back to Toyota for a full check up or replacement.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082014

RAV4

  • 45,309 miles
I was stopped at a red light with ~1 car length between me and one car in front of me. When the light turned green and the car ahead began to move, I took my foot off the brake and moved it to the accelerator as usual. At that point, my car rapidly accelerated out of control and hit the car in front. My brakes wouldn't engage and my car continued to accelerate rapidly. I had to swerve around the car I hit while my car continued at high speed through two stop signs in a residential neighborhood. During this time, I had to swerve to avoid hitting oncoming cars. All the while I was trying to apply brakes, but they wouldn't engage and my speed didn't decrease. After approximately 1/2 mile, the brakes finally engaged and I was able to bring the car to a stop. My airbags didn't deploy after the initial impact, perhaps because of the initial low speed.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 132012

RAV4

  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph and attempting a left turn when another vehicle crashed into the front passenger side door of the contact's vehicle. The vehicle slid forward and proceeded to crash over a curb and into a pole. The side curtain air bags failed to deploy. Immediately after the crash, smoke began emitting from the engine compartment. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and noticed flames coming from under the hood. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire. The contact sustained bruising and pain to the lower back. The contact was transported to the hospital via ambulance and was later discharged with no major injuries. The vehicle was towed to an auto body lot. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and sent an engineer to inspect the vehicle. The engineer advised that the crash did not occur in between both doors so the curtain air bags would not have deployed. Additionally, the engineer stated that the front bumper pushed the engine back and fractured the transmission lines, causing transmission fluid to leak into the engine manifold. As a result, the failure resulted in a fire which caused the engine to melt. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 34,000.

- Breezy Point, NY, USA

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