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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,466 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #43

Jun 192013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 35,400 miles

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

The SRS airbag light came on. Overseas Toyota dealer technician troubleshoot and identified a bad spiral cable assembly. Since I am stationed overseas I have to order parts online and wait for arrival. Contacted Toyota and received E-mail stating the recent recall for airbags did not apply to my VIN. Of course they also told me they do not recommend shipping U.S. made Toyota to overseas locations because Toyota dealers overseas cannot submit warranty work for U.S. made Toyota. I guess they are in essence stating they do not support the military and dod civilians who get transferred overseas because they will not help to repair their car, even if it is under warranty. Though my car only has 35K and the warranty expired, I wanted to see if the recall affected my vehicle, especially while researching online I saw many Rav4S with the same problem. Did not get an answer from Toyota whether the vehicle was safe to drive in this condition.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #42

Jul 082013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 74,350 miles
Spiral cable failure in steering column causing airbag malfunction indicator light. (code B1801 - open in D squib circuit) Toyota is charging to repair when clearly they are having problems in many Rav4's with this issue. This should be a safety recall. $500+ for repair.

- Wasilla , AK, USA

problem #41

Jul 012013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While driving on the interstate at approximately 70 mph, the airbag lamp illuminated on the console. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership who determined that the cause of the airbag lamp was a defective clock spring in the steering column. We were informed that the driver's side airbag would fail to deploy in a collision. Toyota quoted ~$600 to replace the clock spring. This is a critical safety issue caused by a defect in materials / workmanship and should be recalled. Internet research discovered several complaints identical to this issue. Toyota has recalled the Tundra for this issue.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #40

Jun 112013

RAV4

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer., who diagnosed that the spiral cable was defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #39

May 312013

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 59,800 miles
Airbag error light came on. Passenger airbag remains off even with a passenger. Passenger seatbelt light flashes even when passenger is fully belted. Issue came on all of a sudden one day even though car has been rarely used in the last year. Issue apparently very common according to other owners online.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

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problem #38

Jun 062013

RAV4

  • 81,000 miles
I took my Rav4 to the dealer because the air bag light came on and I was told that the car need a new spiral cable and warranty does not cover that part that I must to pay around 500 dollars to get it fix. Now my question is if it's a malfunction why do I have to pay to get it fixed.

- Corona, NY, USA

problem #37

May 092013

RAV4

  • 70,652 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 11V245000 (air bag) but the repair did not correct the failure. The air bag light illuminated due to a failure with the air bag spiral cable. The dealer advised that the air bag warning light illumination was not caused by recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 70,652.

- Narragansett, RI, USA

problem #36

Apr 292013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for service under NHTSA campaign id number:11V245000 (air bags), but the contact was told by the dealer that the air bags still would not work unless the spiral cable assembly in the steering wheel was replaced, at the contact's expense. The dealer was contacted and advised that the issue should have been included in the recall. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 83,000.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #35

Apr 152013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 62,850 miles
Air bag warning light illuminated, I took the car to the dealer and was told that the spiral cable has failed and will need to be replaced. They also explained to me that this vehicle will not pass yearly mandated nh state vehicle inspection due to this condition as all of the airbags are inoperable. I have scheduled this to be repaired but the cost is estimated to be $440. Until this condition can be repaired I have parked this vehicle as I do not want my family exposed to this potentially dangerous condition. Toyota should stand behind this failure as I see from other resources that this is a fairly common failure for the rav-4.

- Claremont, NH, USA

problem #34

Jun 182012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 119,378 miles
We brought our vehicle in to service recall notice for side curtain airbags. When returning home after service the airbag light went on. The Toyota dealer tested it and said it was the main clockspring. I subsequently had the clockspring replaced at my expense and it lasted a number of months before the airbag light started coming on frequently. I then had the vehicle tested by three different mechanics (two Toyota dealers) and they all said that the only indication they get when they test the system is the old, previously fixed clockspring failure indicator and all said that they have no idea why the airbag light is coming on. This is a serious safety concern as we don't know if our airbag system is working or not and whether or not it could go off anytime. It also makes it impossible to sell the car.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #33

Apr 012013

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

Failure # 1 one of the steel rims on my rav 4 developed a crack causing a sudden loss of pressure. I had the rim replaced with a new one. Since then I have had to replace 2 additional rims with the same (broken weld) symptoms, one with a break over 21" long. Toyota has failed to address this issue of unintended consequences. Failure # 2 the air bag sensing light came on in my rav 4 so I had it checked out at my local dealer. I was told not to worry about it. I'm an emt and I have a tendency to worry about "life safety" issues. I took it to another dealer and was told that there might be unintended consequences and that I should have it fixed. It turned out the "spiral cable" in the steering column was faulty and needed to be replaced. It's important to know that an air bag works when it should and doesn't work when it should not. I wasn't aware that things as critical as these have a shelf life.

- Cable, WI, USA

problem #32

Jan 152013

RAV4

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was included in and repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 11V245000 (air bags) however, after the repair the air bag warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the spiral cable would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Barre, MA, USA

problem #31

Jan 012013

RAV4

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while parked, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the clock spring would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #30

Feb 222013

RAV4

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V245000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 45,000.

- Mount Airy , MD, USA

problem #29

Feb 232013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 154,402 miles
My airbag light was on. When I took my car in for the annual state inspection, I was informed that I would have to replace the spiral cable for airbag light that had shorted out. The assembly was replaced at a total cost of $442.01. This vehicle has had an earlier recall for an airbag sensor and I feel that this should be a safety recall issue as well and not the financial responsibility of the car owner.

- Culpeper, VA, USA

problem #28

Sep 082010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician informed the contact that the coil spring was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 96,000. Updated 06/10/14 the consumer stated the dealership advised that there should be a recall for the failure as soon as 5/19/2014. The consumer did not receive a notice for recall. Updated 06/17/2014

- Whitewater, KS, USA

problem #27

Jan 122013

RAV4

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota rav 4. the contact stated that while driving at highway speeds, the air bags deployed without any warning. The driver did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was later taken to a dealer. The vehicle was pending a diagnosis. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 155,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 012012

RAV4

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the spiral cable was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 93,000.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #25

Dec 112012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 118,206 miles
Console airbag sensor warning light came on while driving on a highway and stays on. Coincidently this airbag warning light issue came about after having taken car into a Toyota dealership around Sept 2012 for a recall. The recall had something do with faulty roll-over sensor for the side curtain airbag systems. Took the car to a Toyota dealership. After dtc check, the cause turned out to be a shorted spiral cable assembly unit for the SRS driver airbag. Replacement job required two hours of labor by tech, costing $210, $307 part and "supplies and waste disposal" fee of $25.88. According to internet search, it is seems there have been cases of defective spiral cable unit for Toyota rav 4 causing SRS airbag system to go into "inactive" mode therefore leaving drivers/passengers without any protection and thereby creating life threatening scenario. Therefore, there is clear and strong need for the NHTSA to contact Toyota corporation to initiate a recall action targeting the spiral cable assembly unit (84306-22010). In recent past, "Toyota is recalling 495,000 certain 2005 to early 2009 model year Toyota Tacoma vehicles sold in the U.S. no other vehicles are involved in this recall".

- Bay St. Louis, MS, USA

problem #24

Dec 032012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Airbag light turned on after a recent recall that done by Toyota dealership. This is critical safety issue on the Rav4, which Toyota is not willing fix as part of a recall.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

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