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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,047 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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2008 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 222014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The contact's foot slipped off the accelerator pedal causing the vehicle to swerve left and crash into a guardrail. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who stated that the vehicle functioned as designed. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V388000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Richfield, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 032010


  • 20,973 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for recall 09V388000 vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal on September 3, 2010. After the vehicle was repaired the gasoline pedal became stuck twice while driving between 90 and 50 mph. He was able to shift into neutral gear and move onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was parked at the contacts home. The dealer will send a factory representative to the investigate the failure. The failure mileage was 20,973 and the current mileage was 21,173.

- Dudley , MA, USA

problem #5

May 192010


  • 29,121 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 2 mph into a parking space, the contact engaged the brake pedal and unexpectedly the vehicle accelerated, and crashed into a building. The front seat passenger sustained neck injury. There was no police report filed of the incident. The vehicle body damage repair cost was $5,500. In addition, the metal siding of the building was damaged. The contact received a recall notification after the acceleration failure. The recall was under NHTSA campaign id number 09V388000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and a specialist transported the vehicle to a dealer for investigation and they were unable to determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired for the body damage. The failure mileage was 29,121.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 132010

(reported on)

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles


2008 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer states vehicle experiences lack of return to idle in 4th and 5th gear. The consumer also stated the vehicle would accelerate on its own at random times. The consumer stated he was unable to get the vehicle to achieve a steady speed. He stated he was attempting to do the speed limit of 55 mph. However, the speed went to 56 mph instead. Updated 08/10/10. Updated 05/10/11 the consumer stated the vehicle doesn't return to idle and continues to go at the same RPM when trying to stop. Updated 08/23/11. The consumer stated the acceleration problem was caused by a non-reinforced vacuum tube. The line from the top of the engine to a sensor collapsed. It then locked the sensor with obsolete information. The consumer replaced both lines with a semi-rigid high temp emission vacuum line. Updated 10/14/11

- Edgewood, NM, USA

problem #3

Aug 282008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. When the contact attempted to shift the vehicle in park, it surged forward. On another occasion while approaching a traffic light with her foot on the brake pedal the vehicle surged forward and she continued to press the brake pedal with force until the vehicle came to a complete stop. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they tested the vehicle. Report 1001136136 was filed with the manufacturer who stated that they could not offer her any assistance. The failure mileage was 9 and the current mileage was not available. Updated 4/7/2010 updated 07/07/10.

- Snellville , GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 282008


  • 10,227 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at speeds of approximately 50 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated to speeds of over 100 mph. She attempted to depress the brakes, to no avail. She attempted to move the gear shift selector to the park position, reverse and neutral while violently depressing the brakes. The vehicle declined in speed shortly thereafter. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The failure occurred a second time while driving on the highway at speeds of less than 55 mph, the vehicle accelerated to abnormally fast speeds. The dealer advised the vehicle was under recall pertaining to the floor mats, but not the recall for the sticking accelerator pedal (see NHTSA campaign id number: 09V388000, vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) which the contact believed to be the cause of the failure. He stated that there were no floor mats in the vehicle. There were no repairs made to the vehicle to date. The failure mileage was 10,227 and the current was 23,363.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 282008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While attempting to pass a vehicle at 55 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The vehicle then accelerated to 100 mph. After repeated brake application he was able to decelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. After two days of inspection, the technicians could not duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 3000. The current mileage was 23000. Updated 12/9/09 updated 12/10/09.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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