really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,600 miles

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2001 Toyota Avalon brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 072009


  • 100,800 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) on Oct. 7, 2009, at about 3:00 pm edt on a sunny day in bradenton, fl, I was driving alone while sober, alert, and healthy at about 35 mph on a paved side road [xxx] approaching a red stoplight at U.S. 41 so. With 2 or 3 cars stopped ahead of me for the light. About 100 yards before the stoplight, I applied my footbrake, [xxx] (ok when inspected &driven a week earlier as part of oil change &general checkup). The foot pedal went to the floor, with no braking effect. I swerved to the left of the cars ahead of me and made a sharp left turn when I reached U.S. 41, to avoid hitting/being hit by oncoming traffic. My car rolled over and crashed. I hit my head on the car's roof[xxx]. I never lost consciousness, but the pain was terrible. I bled, upside down, for about 10-15 minutes, fearing another crash from oncoming cars, hanging from my seatbelt. A bystander stanched the blood eventually. The paramedics showed up in an ambulance& took me to the emergency room at manatee memorial hospital in bradenton. The dr. Cleaned very painful glass shards from my multiple scalp wounds, then put in five staples& released me. Two sheriff's deputies interviewed me& said my car's tire-marks showed signs of acceleration. I denied accelerating; it made no sense to me until recent stories in the newspaper about Toyota brake problems and sudden unexplained acceleration in other cases. A friend picked me up. The next day I went to the garage of elmer's towing, which had towed my totally wrecked car. I asked for the foot brakes to be checked. They were normal. I found this very puzzling; it only made sense recently as I read and heard on tv about similar problems by other with Toyota. Shelly devane of elmer's is a witness to the report of ok brakes. I strongly believe that an intermittent electronic problem with the brakes caused the wreck. I did not file this complaint earlier because the evidence is circumstantial & the car now gone.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 142009


  • 45,000 miles
Going home on North on los olivos rd (25 mph zone) and rolling to a four way stop crossing manzinita rd (ne santa rosa, ca) my 2001 Avalon accelerated at full throttle (roar). I had my foot on brake so I was shocked. Pressing hard on brake the accelerator disengaged after about 3 seconds. I told my wife that I had a senior moment, thinking I had pressed accelerator and brake at same time. Never happened again. Seeing 2001 Avalon mentioned usa today motivated this.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #1

May 242004


  • 30,000 miles
2001 Toyota Avalon has a malfunctioning electronic brakes control module, repaired once under warranty. The said module malfunctioned. Purchased new module from Toyota $1200. And installed $800.. since I purchased the car have no brakes when traveling on rough or bumpy roads always.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

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