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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,165 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 162010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 2,796 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated while stopped at a traffic stop with the brakes depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning, crashing into a pole. The contact was not injured. The vehicle sustained substantial front end damage. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting an investigator from the manufacturer to further assess the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 2,796. Updated evoq 08/05/10

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 302010


  • 3,160 miles
-the contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. While the contact was driving approximately 65 mph exiting a ramp to make a turn, the brake pedal was engaged with no power response. The gear was shifted into neutral and the vehicle continued to accelerate. Immediately, both feet were applied to the brake pedal forcefully. The vehicle stopped in the middle of an intersection. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to locate a problem and stated possibly the floor mat rolled up against the accelerator pedal. There was a prior recall repair performed on the vehicle before the failure. The repair date was February 09, 2010; associated with the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator). The failure mileage was 3,160. The current mileage was 3,300.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 082010

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while waiting at a traffic light with his foot on the brake pedal, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact pressed the brake pedal harder to keep control of the vehicle. This failure occurred after the repair for recall 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) was performed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but they could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 8,000. The current mileage was approximately 8,700. Updated 06/02/10. Updated 06/25/10.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #4

Feb 042010


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the engine revved and lunged forward as he was attempting to stop the vehicle with his foot on the brake pedal. The contact stated that the problem occurred after he learned of recall 10V017000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal). The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The contact called the manufacturer who referred him back to the dealership. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 2,000.

- Battleboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 022010

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Toyota Rav4. Consumer expresses discontent regarding the Toyota sales center in which vehicle was purchased for not disclosing what she asserts as a known defect that can cause unintended acceleration. The consumer believed the dealership was fully aware of the situation as the recall was announced three weeks after she purchased the vehicle.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 282010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. While approaching a stop light and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle continued to accelerate. The vehicle crashed into a preceding vehicle that was stopped at the traffic light. There was no physical damage to either vehicle. Later, he was notified that there was a recall pertaining to unintended acceleration (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000, vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). While taking the vehicle to his local dealer for recall repairs, the vehicle exhibited the same failure. While approaching a stop light at 15 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact was able to control the vehicle by placing the gear shift into the neutral position. The failure mileage was 3,200 miles and the current was 3,700 miles. Updated 6/3/10 the consumer stated the recall that was performed on the vehicle did not rectify the problem with the sudden acceleration problem. The consumer stated he has experienced sudden acceleration three times since the recall work was done. Updated 06/15/10.

- Baldwinville, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 192010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. She stated that while driving at 55 mph the vehicle accelerated on its own. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they repaired the problem. She picked up the vehicle and she experienced the acceleration once again after the repair was done. This had occurred 4 additional times, including after the repair had been done to the vehicle. The vehicle was at the dealership at the time of the complaint to have a new pedal installed. The contact does not feel safe driving this vehicle. The failure mileage was 3000 and current mileage was 4000. Updated 4/26/10 the dealer installed a gas pedal shim. Updated 06/15/10

- Quincy, IL, USA

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