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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2013 RAV4's top complaint is that the navigation screen is impossible to see in direct sunlight.

While certainly an annoyance, it's not a big deal in the world of car problems. Luckily the fix is a $10 anti-glare screen cover.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,750 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.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 052013


  • 5,000 miles


I purchased the 2013 Rav4 in April, 2013. Within a few months, I began to smell an odor coming from the ac when I start the car. The dealership states that the box that holds the ac condensation is too small due to manufacturing changes. On my second trip to the dealership with this complaint, they sprayed ac freshener in the part underneath the car. This helped with the odor but only temporarily. I am concerned that what I am breathing is mold and that this will only get worse as long as I keep the car. I believe this could harm my health over time. The dealership rep stated that this is a problem on these cars from time to time. I like my car (my 5th Toyota) but I would not recommend it to anyone due to this issue.

- Liberty, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 222013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
I have brought my 2013 rav 4 back to the Toyota dealer twice for this problem. There is a damp and musty smell coming thru the air vents. Toyota has replaced the air filter and sprayed some air freshener but the smell is still there. The service rep had explained to me that there is a drain and this drain allows water to build up and that is what causes the odor.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

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