really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,805 miles

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2012 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Nov 072012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 1,577 miles


Driving in rush hour traffic and braking for car in front of me but nothing happened. Readjusted myself and pressed harder on brakes but still rolling. Brakes to floor but still moving. Had brake pressed to floor and ended up rolling into car in front of me. Minor scratches on my front but none on car ahead of me. Got out because I thought someone hit me from behind because couldn't explain why I couldn't stop. No damage to rear. Got back in car and drove home. Brakes worked fine since. Took car to dealership on Saturday but they could not find anything wrong with them. Unsure what happened but I did not slam on brakes and was alert and paying attention when brakes failed momentarily. Dealership assured me car was fine. Hasn't happened since. Not sure what to do but someone from a Rav4 site said I should post here.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 022012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 85 miles
This is a leased car. This date was the first episode of a recurring problem. Each time it took place on a local street. Each time as the driver ( my wife or myself ) was stepping on the brake to bring the car to a full stop the car suddenly started to accelerate. This first incident was noteworthy but was attributed to the newness of the vehicle. The three incidents that followed were considerably worse. We contacted the dealer from whom the car is leased and were told to bring the car in. We brought the car in on August 23 and picked it up on August 30. At that time we were told that the car had been tested and nothing wa wrong with it. In other words, Toyota has no explanation of why these four incidents took place. This vehicle was purchased so that we could safely Transport our grandchildren.the lack of resolution of the problem leaves us with an unsafe vehicle that we would never use for the original intended purpose.the August 29, 2012, wall street journal column 'me and my car' has a letter describing a very similar problem on a Toyota highlander that was brought to the dealer twice. Each time the letter writer was told what seems to be Toyota's stock answer, "nothing is wrong'. the wsj columnist responds that ' complaints about the electronic speedcontrol systems on Toyota (and other brands )are frequent'. he goes on to suggest that figuring the cause will take several visits to Toyota. No additional visits were scheduled or even suggested by Toyota.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

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