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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,700 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2014 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 112016


  • 34,000 miles


Recently I was driving my 2014 Rav4 near downtown tampa on adamo drive and was taking a left turn, and suddenly I heard some kind of noise and felt like my vehicle went dead without any electrical power and it started reversing on it's own and spun to right. Fortunately since I was taking a turn I was hardy at a speed of about 10 mph and hence my front right passenger side door & head light etc. Got damaged and there was a very minimal damage to the front fender on the driver side of the vehicle behind our Rav4. For the same reason none of us - either myself, my front co-passenger or the driver of the vehicle behind our Rav4 were physically hurt and were very safe after this incident. The driver of the vehicle behind our Rav4 informed that he heard a kind of strange sound and saw our Rav4 reversing & turning right, and he moved away into the right lane. The police officer, who has come also informed that she has come across this kind of incidents with Toyota vehicles recently, and did not give me citation after reviewing my incident free driving record and also she could not find reason for this freak incident which looks more like a mechanical defect of my Rav4, and advised to take to Toyota dealer for further investigation & resolution. On further research we found that there is a serious recall - "electrical power assist system" (eps) for 2014 Rav4 which was identified & documented by Toyota on 03/13/2015 but was not notified to the customers. We have contacted Toyota company, complained about this incident, informed the recall and we are waiting for a response from Toyota after a thorough investigation, computer data analysis from our Rav4. I am herewith attaching the documentation for the recall. I am very much worried & concerned about this incident, since it is of very serious safety issue. Please review and reply as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 092015


  • 9,800 miles
While making a turn under 10 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated with the foot off the accelerator pedal. This has happened 3 times with 2 trips to the dealership right after. Dealer could not find anything wrong. Only a quick reaction onto the brake pedal stopped the car from hitting something. 2 of the times the vehicle was turning up a slight hill. This needs to be investigated since Toyota can't find an issue, a un-experienced driver may not react fast enough to prevent an accident.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012014


  • 300 miles
While driving my brand new Toyota 2014 Rav4, they were the following: 1. the car was vibrating slightly and the car was stuck in first gear. 2. the ?check engine" light came on along with the AWD drive and traction control lights. 3. the steering wheel was becoming firm along with the brake pedal. Remember, this was all while the car was still running. 4. I managed to pull over and turn off the car. 5. I tried to restart the vehicle, but the car would not start and would only use the battery. 6. I tried to start the car for the third time, but stopped when I could smell burning rubber. I was very nervous when this happened. Moreover, I have lost confidence, trust, and a sense of safety in this vehicle. Basically, I no longer feel safe and secure in this car. My experience yesterday 09/01/2014 was terrifying, I was afraid that somebody was going to hit me from behind. When the vehicle started to shut down I was scared for my friends life and mine. I had no choice but to stop the car as much as I could to the side safely and put on my hazard lights on, and call for help. There was no shoulder I had to stop on a busy road, where cars drive over the speed limit. When I was buying the vehicle they were my best buddy offering you water, pizza, after the deal shaking hands 20 times, when you go back its like we are very busy. Toyota care will take care of it, don't really want to know you! at the moment it is at the dealership being checked! lets see what happens.

- Hudson, NH, USA

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