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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,433 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.

2012 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 092015


  • 50,000 miles


Without cause or reason, the "brake actuator" circuit malfunctioned causing the car to lose cruise control, ABS, anti-skid and sporadic tail light problems (lights will stay on or come on when the car is parked). I brought it to my Toyota dealer and they were unable to identify the problem. The next day, the roads were snow covered and the brakes locked up approaching an intersection causing the car to skid into another vehicle. When I brought the car back to the dealer, after the body was repaired, they located the problem and said it would cost $2900 to replace. Before I was able to have the vehicle repaired, the wiring caught fire, probably because the taillights came on by themselves during the night, as they occasionally did (without a key in the ignition). The car was towed to the Toyota dealer who estimates upwards of $10,000 for repairs to the computer and wiring system. The Toyota service manager recommends we sell the $19,000 car for "wholesale." Insurance will not cover the damage as it was a mechanical malfunction. Toyota Corp. In California, consumer experiences department, will not give me any help as the car is 21,000 over the 36,000 mile warranty. How or where can I get a lawyer or consumer advocate to help me?

- East Chatham, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 122014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V054000 (electronic stability control, service brakes, hydraulic) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for repair. The dealer stated that the parts needed were not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced the failure. Updated 6/8/15 the consumer stated the vehicle was finally repaired. Updated 06/17/15.

- Falmouth, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 252014


  • 23,300 miles
On January 25 2014 I was driving in S snowy and icy conditions. I was only driving about 20 miles an hour. When braking, turning corners, or generally driving on the bad roads, the electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control features of my Rav4 did not work, causing the car to slide all over the road, almost causing me to hit another vehicle. This has continued throughout the winter; the light for stability control on the dashboard goes on, but the anti lock brakes, ESC, and traction control do not work and the Rav4 slides all over. Given the bad weather we are experiencing this winter, it has caused me to not drive the vehicle, which is a major inconvenience for our family. I took the Rav4 into the local Toyota dealer for this issue on January 31, 2014. They said they could not reproduce the problem in their shop so dismissed it with no action and no repair I read a couple of weeks other that Toyota has recalled Rav4's for exactly this issue; however, when I called the dealer about the recall, he still insists that there is nothing wrong with my Rav4. So far I have gotten nothing from Toyota about this recall, and I don't feel safe driving the Rav4 this winter, a major inconvenience in commuting to work. I feel my Rav4 is undrivable this winter.

- Aurora, OH, USA

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