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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,872 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.

2009 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 212015


  • 225,000 miles


Parking/emergency brake became inoperative. Investigation revealed that both brake cables had corroded such that they no longer had freedom of movement at the cable end where they entered the backing plates. When I purchased replacement cables Toyota service technician commented that this was a common problem on rav 4, Tacoma, and other (don't remember) Toyota vehicles. When I purchased & examined replacement cables during repair it was apparent that new cable design was significantly different in exactly the place where old cables had failed. This was a safety problem during time period when brakes were inoperative and clearly a significant design flaw. It was ~ $400 in parts + my labor tp replace the cables as part of repairing the emergency/parking.

- Copake, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 042015


  • 65,730 miles
It appears that a sound, suspension of the rav 4 need some repair.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 102015


  • 9,000 miles
The alloy wheels of my 2009 Toyota Rav4 are rusted and bubbling. My car has less than 10K miles on it. I think the rusting on the tires is rusting the brake pads and rotors. Despite having less than 10K on my car, I'm told that my brakes and rotors need to be replaced. I could not stop by 4 wheel drive going less than 5 mph on an incline with light ice whereas other cars were able to stop. There's something defective about Toyota's manufacturing of their wheels. Lots of people on various forums are complaining about these rusted wheels. I think its making the cars less safe. Probably contributing to the other problems that led to recalls.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Sep 012014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the brake pedal became lodged to the floor board when the brake was engaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician advised that the brake master cylinder failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 11/20/14 updated 8/17/2015

- Battyville, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 082012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while applying the brakes at 45 mph, the brakes failed to respond, causing him to crash into a telephone pole. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact was thrown into the windshield and sustained numerous severe to moderate injuries. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the front end would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that a field representative would be dispatched the following day to further inspect the vehicle. One month later, the representative still had not performed the inspection. The manufacturer stated that since the repairs had already begun, they would not be able to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 57,000. Updated 10/28/2014 updated 7/14/2015

- Lester, WV, USA

problem #1

Aug 022011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The contact applied pressure to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where it was inspected but the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was inspected three times with no solution to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 16,500 and the current mileage was 20,000...updated 04/11/12 updated 06/15/2012

- Gallatin, TN, USA

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