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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,083 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while the driver was attempting to start the vehicle, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply excessive force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #4

Apr 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle erroneously veered to the left and caused the contact to crash into a tree. Upon impact, the vehicle caught on fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained injuries to the ribs. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 162014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 38,300 miles
While driving on the high way at 63 mph my car started shaking to the point it caused me to become dizzy and nauseous. My mechanic found nothing wrong with the tie rod's etc. The tires were rounded and evenly worn. We rotated the tires and car still shook like crazy but felt like it was in the back. Brought car to tire shop had tires balanced they said 2 where way off. Went on the highway again and at 65 the vehicle still had a shake to it.

- Monson, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 022011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 61,077 miles
When ever the steering wheel is turned to the left or right, it makes a clunking noise and a clunk can also be felt in the steering wheel at the same time. I have looked on line and this appears to be a very common problem with the Toyota rav 4, on 6 or 4 cylinder models. When there is no steering input, there is no noise or clunking felt in the wheel at any speed, only when the steering wheel is turned in either direction. I had reports of this by other family members about a year prior, but whenever I drove it, it did not occur, as it was intermittent at that time. It now clunks consistently whenever the wheel is turned.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 222011


  • 1,039 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Rav4. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle began to shake, vibrate and came to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the failure was caused by a steering angle sensor malfunction and the steering angle sensor zero point calibration. The contact was unsure of what repairs were performed. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 1,039.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

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