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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,606 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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2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 082010


  • 19,000 miles


I am reporting and acceleration problem in my 2008 Toyota Rav4. The problem occurs randomly as I am approaching and slowing down for a stop sign or a traffic light. There is a slight surge in the car, even though my foot is on the break as I am slowing down. I estimate this problem has occurred around 10 times in the 19,000 miles that I have owned the Rav4. I cannot duplicate or replicate the surge at will, as I said it occurs randomly. The events of the last months with Toyota has prompted me to report this situation.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 202009


  • 15,300 miles
Last August I experienced a stuck accelerator on my 2008 Toyota Rav4. It happened only once and hasn't repeated. It was while approaching an intersection red light fortunately with no cars in front of me. I was able to overcome the acceleration by standing on the brake and shifting into neutral. When Toyota came out with the recall for floor mats my car was not one of the models with those typr of floor mats and the mats in the car are fastened down. Toyota's current recall does not include this model and a check of the accelerator pedal confirms that this is not one of the current pedal replacements. My vehicle was produce in Japan not the usa. I suspect that this was more of an electronic problem than a pedal problem. I'm concerned that it could happen again. Since my year and model is not on the recall how can I get help before I or my wife experience it again?

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 282009


  • 9,333 miles
I have already made a previous complaint about acceleration problems with my Rav4 that caused an accident. I am still having issues regarding this problem. My car will suddenly jump while barely pushing the gas pedal. It does not do it all the time but will do so randomly which is even worse because one doesn't know when it will happen. It is scary driving a vehicle that from minute to minute you have no idea when this will happen again. It did it again just yesterday as I was taking off from an intersection, I barely missed the car in front of me. I wished Toyota would acknowledge this situation as serious before someone dies. I know of the recall with floor mats but it doesn't include my car. I have read that there are others with this same issue. Why is Toyota not acknowledging this situation" are they waiting for someone to die"

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 062009


  • 17,000 miles


Rear tire cover on a 2008 Toyota Rav4 18" wheels sport edition. Rear tire cover over time (within 10 months) has become loose and has blown off several times, once in a car wash and the other while driving down the interstate. Both times, serious scratch and paint damage was received. I verified that the zipper was fully zipped and elastic was covering the bottom of the tire. I find that over time the cover slowly works itself off until it falls off. As this is a factory installed option cover, there appears to be a defect in manufacturing. This should be redesigned and replaced - covered by warranty.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 202008


  • 15,000 miles
Rear tire cover 2008 Toyota Rav4 18" wheels sport edition. Rear tire cover over time (within 6 months) has become loose and has blown off twice, 1 in a car wash and the other while simply driving down the street. Zipper was fully zipped and elastic was covering the bottom of the tire. Unit keeps slowly working itself off until it falls off. Toyota case# 200812200182. Dealer said that this is common for the elastic to deteriorate and expand over time but that this is not considered a defect. Anything that will fall off of your vehicle while traveling at any given speed seems like a defect to me..

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 242008


  • miles
2008 Toyota Rav4 had a jammed gas pedal. Consumer states that the problem was with the floor mats. The consumer stated while driving, the vehicle suddenly accelerated one quarter block of a city block, veering to the left and demolished one car. The vehicle then continued another quarter block and destroyed another vehicle. The vehicle then turned in the other direction and hit another vehicle. The vehicle only came to a stop after it crashed into a building.

- Denver, CO, USA

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