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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,900 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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2015 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 022016

RAV4

  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While merging into the right lane, the vehicle independently veered left and accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed. The driver drove off the road and the vehicle rolled twice down a short incline. Both the driver and passenger air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver and front passenger sustained bruises and scratches to their elbows. The rear passenger suffered a concussion, which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #7

Apr 122016

RAV4

  • 14,000 miles
While pulling up to a gas pump the car suddenly accelerated. It went from zero to 40 miles per hour. I was in the passenger seat and my husband was driving. He pumped the brakes but car made a loud revving noise and would not stop. My husband was able to avoid hitting a truck, but the car went over a concrete mediano and only came to a stop when the emergency brake was pulled. The car was filled with airbag smoke even though the airbags did not deploy. A witness said that he could tell it was a mechanical issue because of the loud revving noise the car was making. Toyota has not been able to tell us what happened. They did not find a problem with brakes or accelerator. The car hit the median so hard that the frame has been bent. Even though we have been loyal Toyota customer for over 20 years, my hope is that they total the car so that I don't ever have to drive it again. Our Toyota case # IS1604122141. I know that other people have had similar experiences-there is no doubt in my mind that there is a serious problem with that car.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 042016

RAV4

  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While the contact's foot was deperessing the brake pedal and the vehicle was in drive, it accelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was diagnosed, but the contact was not given an explanation for the failure. The contact stated that the failure occurred only once. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Alderson, WV, USA

problem #5

Aug 282015

RAV4

  • 15,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While driving 20 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact stated that the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Kettle Falls, WA, USA

problem #4

Dec 172015

RAV4

  • miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While entering an on-ramp, the contact's vehicle unexpectedly accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. There were no injuries sustained. The contact drove the vehicle to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side fender and panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 262015

RAV4

  • miles
The car significantly accelerates when backing out of the garage. When stopped for a red light it is eager to go if the brakes are not depressed very firmly and between 20 and 40 miles per hour it shifts into a higher gear with unintended acceleration. It has also done this when once going up a hill at 39 miles per hour. It feels dangerous to me when I am approaching a stop sign and it chooses to accelerates unless I am braking long before the sign. The can was examined by the deaqlership 2 times and "nothing was found". I then contacted someone in Toyota's Colorado administrative office. This person took a computer apparatus attached it to my car, we test drove it around and they determined it does automatically shift into 5th gear during these acceleration times. The car feels unsafe and will sooner or later be the cause of an accident.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 222015

RAV4

  • 1,200 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 2 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the engine revved. The vehicle unintentionally accelerated and came to a stop after the gear was shifted into park. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,200. Updated 11/04/15

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 122015

RAV4

  • 1,000 miles
Driving on slight grade at approx. 55 mph. Attempted to pass car in front of me. Checked left lane, semi about 50-75 yards back. Pressed down gas pedal and nothing. It was like the car went into neutral. Meanwhile semi is approaching. Pumped pedal a few times nothing semi has to slow down because I am slowing down instead of accelerating. Finally pedal catches and car accelerates. This has happened about 5 times since I got this car new in January, Toyota dealer service person says this is normal as everything is done by computer now, not hardwire. Computers are exceptionally fast so I don't buy it. He did admit that another Rav4 driver had complained about the same thing I did. He advised me to hold the pedal down and the acceleration will kick it. Tried it. Did not do anything. Very worried. Plus semi driver must think I'm an idiot.

- Mililani, HI, USA

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