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:
8,530 miles

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2013 Toyota RAV4 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 152014


  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel cap needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- La Plata, MD, USA

problem #3

May 052014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
On rare occasions when driving, I will suddenly lose power. It's as if someone has suddenly turned off the ignition switch. Depressing the gas pedal will not solve the problem. The only way to regain power is to take your foot off the gas pedal and then push down again to regain speed. It can occur at any time on flat roads, hills, snow or rain covered, there seems to be no reason for this. The Toyota dealer says he can't solve the problem unless I can duplicate the problem for him so he can see for himself what is happening & then solve the problem. But I can't duplicate the problem! it's totally random. This puts me literally on pins & needles when I drive because what happens if I am passing a car and suddenly I lose power? I have 20000 miles on my vehicle and loss of power has occured maybe 20 times. This is very frustrating and dangerous.

- Cadillac, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 182014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
While backing up, vehicle accelerated rapidly hitting a parked vehicle doing much damage. Wife driving many years, never hitting accelerator when she meant to hit the brakes. Do not know why rapid acceleration occurred. Has not happened moving forward.

- Hanson, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 112013


  • 120 miles
I leased a rav4ev. Went to pick it up on Thursday (8/8/13) and it wouldn't start-- check ev system, etc. Dealer gave me a loaner, it spent the day in the service dept, and they wound up updating the software & it apparently was ok. Brought the car home on Friday. On Sunday, 8/11/13, the entire system turned off while I was driving on the freeway-- engine stopped, power steering stopped, and I was luckily able to negotiate across 4 lanes of traffic and get off of the road. Check ev system message on screen, battery is still half full. It was towed to the dealer, 120 miles on the odometer. It was found that the propulsion system and the gateway ECU were faulty. I decided not to keep that car and leased another Rav4 ev. Very scary!

- Los Altos, CA, USA

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