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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,000 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

problem #3

May 162010


  • 116,000 miles


Avoiding deer, hit embankment and car rolled onto passenger side. No airbags deployed. Car equipped with front and side airbags.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 252007

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
- the contact called regarding a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact was traveling at approximately 35 mph and another a vehicle rear ended the contact's vehicle. It was badly damaged, and so was the other vehicle. The contact stated that the airbags did not deploy. The contact had the seat belt on. The failure mileage was 100,000. The contact was injured. The vehicle was towed away. The contact had pictures of the vehicle. A police report was taken.

- Fredrick, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 122006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
During a head on collision involving the passenger front ends of both vehicles two of three seatbelts did not engage, causing two passengers to collide with the dashboard and the rear of the front seat. Air bags did not deploy as well. The rav 4 was traveling at about 10-15 mph, the other vechicle was traveling at about 40-45 mph.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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