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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,800 miles

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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.

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2006 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 102007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


- the contact owns a 2006 Toyota rav 4. when starting the vehicle the cvs, ABS, 4 wheel drive, and brake warning lights remained illuminated on the dashboard. The failure occurred twice and for as long as 1 week. The dealer stated that they were unable to diagnose the failure, but that they would research it. As of this date the dealer had not informed the contact of their findings. The failure mileage was 17,000, and the current mileage was 21,000.

- Dayton, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 012006

RAV4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
My nearly new (3000 mi.) 2006 Toyota Rav4 experienced a sudden total brake failure with all four wheels locking up solidly. An expert from California had to be called in to analyze the problem, since the local dealership had never seen aproblem like this. The probatible cause of this failure was mentioned to me my making a panic activation of the brake pedal which demaged a brake switch located above the brake pedal. The switch, its support bracket, all brake rotors and brake pads had to be replaced and were shipped to the home office.the repair took three weeks. My SUV was returned to me with the brake switch that was supposed to have caused the complete brake failure in the same location as it was before. I informed Toyota that I considered the switch location as a safety hazard as it is in the same location in all 2006 and 2007 Rav4's.the complete report and corrospondence, including pictures, is available upon for my credentials; I am a graduate mechanical engineer, having served on an accident/incedent review board and was a member of the apollo, challanger and columbia investigating teams.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 062006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,400 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to apply brake pressure the brakes had excessive travel and sponginess. This occurred at various speeds without warning during normal braking on normal roads. The dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer has been alerted. Updated 06/27/06.

- Marengo, IL, USA

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