really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,768 miles

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2010 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 062016


  • 140,000 miles


Last Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016, I started my Toyota Avalon 2010 and got from a parking to higway pr 1, it suddenly accelerated out of control, I stepped on the brake pedal, shifted gear to lowest shift, stepped on the emergency break and only stopped when I did put it on pkg and turned it off. It took like 500 M to stop it. The floor carpet is one of the kind that keep secured to the car floor and didn't interferred with the gas pedal.. I bought it new in Nov 2009. The gas pedal never look stuck but it sounded like the engine was being fed with a lot of gas. The car is at a Toyota service shop since more than 48 hours but I still don't have a diagnosis. There was no colission. I got the car towed to the Toyota service shop after reporting the incident to my insurance company.

- Juncos, PR, USA

problem #9

May 202012


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while trying to park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tree. The air bags deployed upon impact. The contact mentioned that she could not control the vehicle, as it was accelerating rapidly. The vehicle was destroyed and the contact suffered severe leg injuries from the impact. The police were notified and a report was filed. The dealer was notified, but offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 262010


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that he noticed an intermittent sudden acceleration when he approached a stop sign. The vehicle would not move forward when the accelerator pedal was depressed; however, if he continued to depress the pedal, the vehicle would suddenly surge forward. The vehicle would also lunge forward after turning a corner. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was designed to operate that way. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The contact had not spoken to the manufacturer when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was approximately 7,800. The failure mileage was approximately 7,000.

- Trinity, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 012010


  • 5,000 miles


Recent purchase of a new 2010 Toyota Avalon, now involved in a recall- had a defective accelerator pedal, which was recently replaced by the Toyota dealership. We occasionally feel a "lurch", when starting up the car or backing up.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 092010


  • 500 miles
Failure to control my speed lead to me hitting another car. Would like to know if there was a defect or not with that car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 012010


  • 359 miles
I was driving a 2010 Toyota Avalon on Monday 3-1-2010 at 2pm on the 210 going West at 70 mph in cruise control there was no traffic when I up the speed to 75 mph and the car took off up to 100mph by itself I pressed the brake taking it out of cruise control this happened in a few seconds. I bought my car one week before all the recalls started I don't feel safe in my car.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 162010


  • 12,050 miles


2008 Toyota Avalon February 16th and 17th my car jolted forward at stop light. I was able to stop the car but, it did go about 50ft before I could control the steering wheel and stop the car. I had this serviced at lake norman Toyota(704) 875-9199 earlier this month. Upon calling in today about my car, was informed the repair had not been completed. Why in the heck did the dealership tell me they could not find an issue and the car was drivable? my life and that of not only my family but others is at stake. I want action, truthfulness and accountability from Toyota and the usa.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010


  • 150 miles
My 2010 Toyota Avalon does infact accelerate on it's on when you are approaching a traffic light or stop sign. When you let off the gas and let it coast at about 20mph it will start to accelerate on it's own. I do not in any way believe this is a pedal problem. Your investigators are welcome to drive it. I purchased the car on Dec 31st.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 312009

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,625 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Avalon limited equipped with a dynamic laser cruise control. While attempting to pass another vehicle with the cruise control engaged at speeds of fewer than 65 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration. The driver attempted to depress the brakes to shut off the cruise control, to no avail. The vehicle would not accelerate and she allowed the vehicle to drift off of the highway. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they could not duplicate the failure. No repairs were made to date to correct the failure. The cruise control mechanism had not been engaged since the incident. The failure and current mileages were 2,625. Updated 03/12/10. Updated 09/21/10

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 052010


  • 10,000 miles
1. on three occasions the accelerator pedal was jammed open by factory cloth floor mat. Removed the mat. 2. on multiple recent occasions when the car is started and placed in reverse to back out of a parking space the car will not move even if the accelerator is pressed. Car seems as if the wheels are chocked. Then when car does move it accelerate quickly in reverse. Have discovered when this happens the traction control appears when the car is shifted into reverse and stays lit for a period of time, then the light goes out and the car simultaneously feels as if the brakes have been released even though the brake pedal was not depressed. It is easy to understand how a driver could press the accelerator to get the vehicle to move and then have the car shoot backwards causing damage or injury. 3. on three separate occasions while wearing boots I removed my foot from the accelerator and depressed the brake pedal only to have the vehicle instead of decelerating, accelerate very quickly. The reaction each time was to press the brake pedal even harder resulting only in the vehicle accelerating even harder. On one of those occasions it occurred backing out of a driveway and although I was able to stop the vehicle quickly it nonetheless accelerated several feet into the middle of a street. It is clear that these three incidents occurred because of the proximity of the brake and accelerator pedals and inadvertently but simultaneously depressing both. I believe the situation is aggravated by the fact when depressing the brake pedal you cannot feel the accelerator pedal under your foot and have no idea you are pressing the accelerator until you go through the mental process of trying to determine why the harder you depress the brake the faster the car goes. It is easy to understand why one might panic and "stand" on the brake pedal only to have the car accelerate to a very dangerous speed. My 190 mph motorcycle doesn't scare me, the venza does.

- Palm Beach Shores, FL, USA

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