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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,478 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 miscellaneous problems

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2009 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 122016


  • 146,483 miles


I put my rav 4 2009 in park while running and got out of the car and talked to my mail carrier, went around my car to my mailbox and all of a sudden, my car took off accelerating and backed out of the driveway, I tried to get the car but it was moving too fast it hit a tree. Now I keep it in er brake when I get out. Toyota dealers claim they cannot check to see what happened. I am sorry as to what to do, I had a witness to this incident I am afraid of my own car, I do not know when it will do it again. Was told I should be glad I did not get run over when I walked behind it.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #10

May 252016


  • miles
My Rav4 has rust all over where the drivers seat as well as the passenger seats are attached to the car and seems to be so fragile that with any small impact the seat will detached from car and cause a tragic accident. The rust appeared almost immediately after it was purchased and was advised by dealership that there was nothing they can do about it. If this issue is not fixed in the future it can cause injuries or even death.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 012013


  • miles
The driver's side sun visor flops down and won't stay up. This results in impaired vision and can startle a driver into losing control of the vehicle.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #8

Oct 222015


  • 56,372 miles


Was driving, sudden lost P/S, all lights on dash came on, determined fuse ECU-IG1, blown, determined, when rear view mirror disconn. The fuse doesn't blow.tsb:IG1 relay needs 2B updated $1,000+ vehicle was in motion on a county street.....updated 12/03/15

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 292015


  • 65,400 miles
While my wife was driving on the highway at 60 mph the engine lost power. Moving to the right lane to pull over, flames began coming out of the top of the hood, hitting the windshield. She tried stopping but brake pedal went to the floor, requiring her to put the car in park and slide on grass. She jumped out of the vehicle and within 8 minutes the car was completely destroyed.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

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problem #6

Feb 052015


  • miles
Malfuntion with water pump and the emergency flashers stopped working although the battery was in good condition.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #5

Oct 012012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles


2009 Toyota rav 4. consumer writes in regards to vehicle defect and cost document was written in spanish.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #4

May 102011


  • miles
On May 10, 2011 I experienced sudden unintended acceleration and then intermittently until on August 31, 2011 I experienced 3 even more dramatic unintended accelerations within about 40 minutes. I took the car to my nearby mechanic who told me this was something that requires the attention of Toyota dealer. The local dealer called in a Toyota regional specialist in unintended acceleration who concluded after tests that everything appears to be normal. He did indicate that braking can actually cause revving which sounds like unintended acceleration & perhaps that is what I experienced. He also said that Toyota is considering building future models with greater distance between the accelerator and brake pedals & they may also elevate the brake pedal so there is more separation between these 2 pedals and thus less likelihood of one's foot drifting between them. In conclusion, there remains in my mind an uncertainty as to what has been the cause of the unintended and scary acceleration I experienced. It may have been caused by accelerator pedal or ironically by the use of the brake pedal. If the latter, perhaps Toyota needs to make an appropriate modification so that neither pedal can cause unintended acceleration.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 222009


  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) these events happened on 12/22/10 in san diego. The owner, my client, was driving a new 2009 Toyota rav 4. here are the vehicle specifics: Toyota rav 4 5 door 4X2 SUV VIN: [xxx] yr/mdl: 2009/4430A here is his narrative: I was in the left most lane on miramar blvd. Headed East towards the 15 fwy. When all of a sudden my car ┐jumped┐ forward and across the center into the next lane and into the rear of a semi-truck that was just taking off from a stop at the light that had just turned green. I remember driving and I remember the car lunging across the center lane and the sight of being right at the back of the semi-truck all of a sudden. They found me unconscious and I ended up at scripps hosp. For a week and my car was totaled. I was off work for 3 weeks and I have not replaced my car but I am carpooling currently. Acsc just finished an inspection on my rav 4 and the foot pedal and does not rule out that the foot pedal had a problem stating that Toyota needs to take the pedal off and dis-assemble it for a conclusive answer. Nothing has been done to correct the problem as the vehicle sits in a aaa lot in southern California. It has been deemed a salvage by the insurer.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 202009


  • 1,000 miles
Occasionally the car will try to accelerate, when the foot is on the brake off the accelerator. This has happened at least four times since purchasing this new vehicle in Sept. Of 2009.

- Northport, ME, USA

problem #1

Nov 012009


  • miles
Consumer wants the event data recorder removed or disabled on his 2009 Toyota Rav4. The consumer stated having a device installed on a vehicle he paid cash for is a potential threat to his civil rights.

- Harwinton, CT, USA

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