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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,857 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.

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2014 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

steering problem

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 302016


  • 20,700 miles


At the first time, I drove this car to pick my daughter up from her school. When I waited for my daughter, I wasn't turn off the engine, just stepped on the break until my daughter got on about one minute. And then I released the break wanted to move on. I couldn't turned the steering wheel and the car just move straight. I restarted my car again and the car could move normally. At the second time, when I was waiting at a traffic light, my car sunddenly shaked about four seconds and then the engine off automatically and the streering wheel couldn't turned too. When I restarted the car and it could move again.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Oct 192015


  • 16,000 miles
On 10/19/2015 the electronic steering system warning panel activated, locking my steering column and preventing the start of the Rav4. Towing company arrived, experienced/witnessed same event. Rav4 towed to dealership. 10/20 dealership stated "no repairs performed vehicle operating as designed." 10/20/2015 the customer representative stated "there was no electronic footprint in the memory card, indicating this event took place." No action by dealership. Reported to general manager and Toyota co. Toyota case #1510220162. Toyota stated they will not be making any repairs because the VIN is not part of recall number 15V144000 dated 3/13/2015. Dealership and corporation stated the vehicle must present the issue at the shop or on the road (at this point there will be a crash) before they will take any action.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 142015

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 200 miles


This is an ongoing intermittent problem. I notice it while moving slowly and turning. The steering has a spot where it is harder to turn. It feels like the power steering momentarily stalls. I told the dealership at the first service appointment and they couldn't find anything.

- Chowchilla, CA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

May 082014

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 142 miles
New car dunlop tires have severe road hazard. Every small road condition magnifies into great steering problem.

- Northport, FL, USA

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