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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,976 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.

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2009 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 182012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact was entering a residential driveway and applied the brakes when the engine rpms increased drastically and the vehicle accelerated into the garage door. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle would be inspected. There were engineers sent from the manufacturer to inspect the vehicle who stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V113000(vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) and there were no floor mats that could have interfered with the accelerator pedal. The failure recurred after the repair and the manufacturer advised that the vehicle was operating as designed. The failure and the current mileages were 26,000. The throttle, accelerator pedal and related components were inspected and they were found to be operating as designed, within factory specifications. No binding or obstructions were found in the throttle components. The brake system was also inspected and no problems were found. Additionally, an extensive road test was conducted and no abnormal conditions were present and the vehicle operated as designed. Updated evoq 03/23/12..updated 04/16/12

- Lowellville, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 192010


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Letter from senator burr on behalf of constituent concerning accelerator stick problems with his mother's Toyota Rav4 the consumer stated his mother owned the 2009 Toyota rav 4. the vehicle accelerated out of control and hit a tree. The vehicle was totaled.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Nov 192009

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Toyota Rav4. Consumer writes to express discontent regarding treatment received from Toyota motor sales, U.S.a. Inc. Related to the defective accelerator pedal problem the consumer stated he received a safety recall after he had an accident which involved damages to his vehicle and back injuries.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #5

May 242010


  • 8,600 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph and applying the brakes, the vehicle continued accelerating and the rpms jumped. The contact shifted into park but the engine continued to race. The contact pushed the off button to turn the vehicle off. When he restarted, the vehicle functioned normally. The vehicle had previously been repaired for recall 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The vehicle had not been repaired again at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 8,600.

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152010


  • 7,600 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. While driving 5 mph coming to a stop, the rpms suddenly began to increase. The contact had to stand up in the vehicle to depress the brake pedal since the vehicle seemed as if it would surge forward. The vehicle was repaired according to recall 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) before the failure. The contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealer and he is currently waiting for a response when the complaint was filed. The contact called the manufacturer who took a complaint and provided her with a loaner vehicle. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 7,600.

- Driftwood , PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,390 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. While the contact was driving approximately 20 mph, he attempted to apply the brakes when the vehicle suddenly accelerated. In order to stop the acceleration the contact had to place the vehicle in neutral gear. Prior to the recent failure, the contact has taken the vehicle to the dealer where NHTSA recall# 10V017000, vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal repair was performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 4390 and the current mileage was 4415. Updated 06/08/10. Updated 07/14/10.

- Baldwin, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012009

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 915 miles
I purchased a new Rav4 2009 Toyota and experienced unintended runaway acceleration on three separate occasions. It was first brought to a Toyota dealer in sandy springs, atlanta and was told that the rotors were warped. They were replaced but soon after that repair, it accelerated out of control again and was brought to delray Toyota where I purchased the car. They kept it for 5 days and called to tell me there was "nothing wrong" and unless they experienced the problem during a test drive there was nothing they could do. I had someone drive the car back to my home and it is presently sitting in my garage. Soon after the third incident I was called by the dealer and was told to bring it in. The car was towed to delray Toyota and they told me that the recall did not pertain to my car because the VIN # didn't qualify for replacement of the gas pedal which was recalled on other rav 4's. it was again returned with no repair of this serious safety issue and is presently unusable because I fear that this unintended acceleration problem could cause a serious accident effecting me and others. Updated 04/21/10

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 012010


  • 8,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The driver stated that the accelerator pedal recall repair was performed and he is not satisfied with the results. The contact has not experienced any failures at this time; however, he is concerned about the safety risk. The dealer should also check the electrical system in the vehicle. The current mileage was 8,300.

- Monument Beach, MA, USA

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