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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,883 miles

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2010 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

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2010 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 042014


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. While driving 25 mph in low speed, the steering wheel vibrated violently. The failure recurred numerous times. The dealer diagnosed that the ventilation fan cover caused the vibration. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Miami Garden, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 242015

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Steering intermediate shaft clicking noise when in park turning steering wheel left and right. Going over bumps at a slight turning of wheel will also make clunking noise from steering shaft. Reversing car will also make clunking noise.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #7

Mar 062015


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while making right or left turn, the steering wheel became seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed unknown failure and made unknown repairs. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 062014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 89,125 miles


The electronic power steering (eps) failed on my 2010 Toyota rav-4 today on the interstate and the resulting crash almost killed me. I'm 53 years old, my rav-4 has always had routine maintenance and is in good condition, not abused and always well taken care of. Without warning today while traveling at about 60 mph on the interstate the steering wheel started vibrating and sharply turning left-right-left-right for about 5 seconds with a grinding and shaking noise in the front end of the vehicle. I used all my strength to keep the car pointed straight while trying to slow down and not cause an accident. Then the car sharply veered left and hit (hard) a 5-foot concrete barrier wall separating the interstate lanes. As this was occurring a red triangle warning light came on the dashboard with an exclamation point. After the accident I looked in the Toyota rav-4 owners manual, and it indicated an "eps malfunction". the vehicle sustained major damage (insurance estimate still pending, probably about $8,000). More importantly however, I believe if the concrete retaining wall hadn't been there my vehicle would have turned left, rolled over into approaching on-coming traffic from the other side of the interstate and potentially caused much greater safety risk to on-coming traffic and damage. It was very fortunate that the wall was there. I sustained back injuries. There was also a witness in back of me who saw the entire thing with the erratic steering and resulting accident; he stopped to ensure was ok and he called 911 and made a statement to the police. This was not due to tires (they are new), or poor road conditions (this part of the interstate was newly refinished and smooth). It was clearly a mechanical failure of the Toyota eps. Mailout customer request 11/05/14....updated 11/18/14 updated 8/12/2015

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

May 032014


  • 19,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the driver lost control while making a turn and crashed into another vehicle. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 19,500.

- Desplaine, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 092014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Clunking noise when turning the vehicle, a knock or rattle noise from engine..

- Cliffsidepark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 182013

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 34,325 miles


I started the rav 4 and began backing out of the parking place. I immediately noticed the steering was very hard. I restarted the car a couple of times with no change and then called for a tow to the dealership. Arriving at the dealership I went to pull the car into the service bay and the steering was normal again. They checked the onboard computer and found an error code indicating that the steering computer had a problem and I paid $1,000 to replace it, as I was afraid of the steering going out again while driving the car.

- Belle Isle, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 102013


  • 50,000 miles
Clunking noise when turning the vehicle.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #1

May 272012


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. While parked, the contact noticed the steering wheel had become difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. After restarting the vehicle the power steering resumed normal functionality. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing but was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

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