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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,000 miles

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2009 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 242012


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle was equipped with yokohama G91 tires, size 235/65/17(na). The contact noticed that the tire tread was prematurely worn on all four tires and also exhibited several cracks. The four tires were replaced by an independent tire center. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000. The dot number was unavailable.

- Holland, VT, USA

problem #6

Feb 132013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 400,023 miles
I write this letter seeking for help. Since the year 2011 I am having serious problems with the right wheel of my car where the tire sticks constantly. The panel shows the light on for all time. In two years already bought two tires, my car is the year 2009, I consider a new car. The visits began to be frequent in the company Toyota, with report of buying another tire. I wonder if this problem becomes normal. Because children are in my car daily.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #5

Dec 102011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 35,680 miles
2009 rav 4 yokohama geolandar 225/65R17 35,680 have been rotated every5K miles my wife was on expressway going 65 mph, when left rear tire blewout.she had swerve three lanes into the breakdown lane, she called aaa which call the state changed the tire.when she got home I looked a the rest of the tires and noticed all tires were drierotted along the sidewall.

- Abington, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 32,900 miles


This is to notify you of a potential problem with yokohama geolandar G91 tires. On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, I had a blowout in one of their tires located in the right rear of my SUV. The tires are original equipment in a 2009 Rav4, with 32,900 miles, and are inflated to a pressure of 32.5 psi. The tire thread is evenly worn to a depth of 5/32?, measured virtually everywhere along the tire, indicating even wear. The photograph below shows the tire wall with the dimensions, 225/65 R17 101H. The blowout occurred at 4 am, on a smooth road (sanibel-captiva road, between the 1 and 2 mile markers) while I was going between 35 and 40 mph. The ambient temperature was 82F according to the car thermometer. I do not think I hit anything, or that the tire was punctured, as you can see when I fold the piece over the space, as shown in the picture below. Because of the speed and road conditions there was no damage to the vehicle, but the rim bent and cracked. I have four pictures and a detailed description in my files, and can share if you need them. I will replace the yokohama tires as soon as a replacement wheel arrives.

- Florida, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 302010

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2009 Toyota Rav4. Consumer states that there is something wrong with the vehicle. All four tires had to be replaced because they were bald, and one of the tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS) had to be replaced. Updated 02/04/11 updated 02/16/11.

- West Leechburg, PA, USA

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problem #2

Jul 152009


  • 8,000 miles
I bought a Toyota rav-4 sport in January 2009. It is a V-6 with the run flat tires. In July, I purchased a new, very expensive computerized sewing machine--one that I had hoped to be able to buy for a long, long time. It was just over $1400. I placed it in the back of my rav and drove home. I swung open the tailgate, not thinking I had to peak inside first. The sewing machine fell right out of the car unto the cement garage floor. I was devastated. Then I thought how lucky I was that my foot or my small dog was not injured. A toddler or an infant in an infant seat would have been seriously injured. I remain concerned about the computer in my sewing machine. My husband, knowing how upset I was, and seeing that there was a serious problem, cut a 2X4 and wedged it in along the edge, thus preventing my groceries and everything else from falling right out of the car as I opened the door. The other concern I have about this car is that there are no run-flat snow tires available and we live in an area that is hilly, with a lot of snow. The so-called, "all-weather, " do not have enough tread for our terrain.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #1

Aug 112009


  • 2,400 miles
We purchased a new Rav4, in May 2009. Yesterday while the car was parked the left rear tire explosively blew out the sidewall, the car has 2400 miles on it. The person who witnessed the failure said it sounded like a shotgun blast. I also found this in our Toyota vehicle owner service records: By dealer 05/05/09toyota of mcdonough 5 0092548repair flat tireview details basically this car has had two tire failures in less than 3000 miles. A relative of ours, the one who recommended the rav 4 to us, had a similar experience with his new 2009 Rav4 with yokohama tires, but since he was on the interstate traveling at a high rate of speed the tire was shredded to badly to determine the cause of failure.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

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