fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,750 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Toyota 4Runner steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2012 Toyota 4Runner:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2012 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 082017


  • miles


The wiring in my steering column connected to the horn in the clock spring has caused my horn to not work. I got my car diagnosed and they said that the clock spring needs to be replaced. It cost $1020.31 to get fixed. They told me it was nothing I caused or could have prevented.I feel this is a safety hazard to me and everyone else out on the road. It's illegal to not have a horn and Toyota refuses to fix it. Apparently there was a recall on some older model 4runners for the same problem. I feel unsafe knowing I cannot use my horn and that it may cause my air bag to not deploy. Can someone please help me before someone gets seriously injured.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #3

May 222015


  • 32,000 miles
While driving on highway the steering wheel shutters or vibrate at highway speeds. Replaced tires with new tires, alignment, and problem still exists, rotated and balanced tires and problem still exists. Read that Toyota has had a problem with the R& R steering rack preload spring. But Toyota denies any problems with the 4runners. After much research I have found many posts concerning the same problems. This is a safety concern when I am constantly replacing or rotating tires to avoid chopping in the tires. Toyota says there is noting wrong.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 032015

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
After oil change the eco light is not on, keep off the oil used was 5W30.

- San Pedro De Macoris, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
This vehicle does not get anything close to the 22mpg highway miles per gallon as posted on the window sticker. The dealership tells me that the computer is faulty and does not calculate the mileage properly and that is the way they all are. But, I have all the receipts for every tank of gas purchased since new. This vehicle has only been getting 17.8 miles to the gallon on the highway on average. I've complained to the dealership twice but get the same answer. I can't depend on the on-board computer read out as to the fuel mileage, they tell me - "it is inaccurate". yet, when a full 20.5 gallons of gas are filled into the tank, the computer calculates 360 miles til empty. And after 310 miles, the fuel waring light comes on. I don't believe the dealership as I have the receipts to prove that the computer is accurate. The mpg are just extremely exaggerated. I would not have bought this vehicle knowing that the fuel consumption was going to be off by nearly 20%. also the steering wheel continues to split at the bottom of the wheel. I will go back to have a second wheel replaced for my next service, in a few weeks.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

Not what you are looking for?