Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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.

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2012 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2012 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 012013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles


Within 6 months of purchase of new Toyota Rav4 vehicle, we had onset of acid smell whenever air-conditioner turned on. After about 3 minutes, the odor dissipates, and air-conditioner functions adequately. There is no odor when heat is turned on. We had no time to deal with it for several months, but about a year after purchase we went to Toyota dealer (where we bought the car) to complain about the odor. They changed the air-conditioner filter, but still the odor persists. Only the dealer has worked on our car. Is the acid vapor harmful to the occupants of our car" why doesn't it go away? the dealer doesn't know how to fix it...what should we do" it has now been going on for about 1.5 years!

- Watertown, MA, USA

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