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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,960 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2011 Toyota RAV4 miscellaneous problems

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2011 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 152015


  • miles


I received a recall about the windshield wipers about a year ago - local dealership says that there is no resolution"???"

- Plainville, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 062015


  • 36,000 miles
This rav 4 has had two separate instances of sudden acceleration. One time while approaching a stop light, and the brake was applied, the engine started to rev, and the vehicle had "extended stopping distance". luckily, there was no car in front of us, otherwise there would have been an accident. It occurred a second time while pulling into a parking spot at work. Again, luckily, there was a snow bank in front of the space (and not another car!). the car is a 4cyl., and cert. Pre-owned. It's scary to think there is this unpredictable problem with the car. Dealer claims they know nothing about it. I will be showing them the 56 or so complaints from this NHTSA site for merely the 2011 Rav4. I haven't even looked at the other years yet! more than 50% of the complaints in here are for this very same problem! isn't it about time for a recall on this dangerous "feature"" how many more lives need to be at risk? or is the govt. Trying to preserve "Toyota quality"" it could be as simple as replacing the brake pedal -- space it further away from the accel. Pedal and make it "taller" so that there can be no iteration between the two. Or, simply allow the brake light signal to interact with the ECM to inhibit any "throttle increase" command to the engine.

- Ashland, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 092012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 15,300 miles
First incident I was sitting at a dead stop at a fast food restaurant with my foot on the brake and the car accelerated to a high speed, resulting in momentary of "burning rubber". second incident happened about a week later when my husband was leaving an establishment and the car accelerated to high speed and he had to slam on the brakes.

- Santa Fe, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 032011


  • 1,000 miles
The car accelerated by itself for about 20 seconds, I put the car in park. It sounded/roared like gas pedal was pushed to the floor. Sudden acceleration incidents have happened 6 different times: 11/03/2011 with 1000 miles, 11/05/2011 with 1110 miles, 01/04/2012 with 2650 miles, 02/26/2011 with 4606 miles, 03/06/2012 with 4692 miles, and 03/19.2012 with 4932 miles.

- Adamsburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
Vehicle has exhaust smell in the cabin when being driven. The car was taken to the dealership and the complaint was dismissed. Technicians say they test drove and didn't smell anything. The smell persists.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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