really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,056 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #67

Sep 222012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


Traveling approximately 45 mph on dry pavement. Went to apply brakes prior to approaching turn lane and could not stop. Brakes were there (pedal was firm and did not go to floor) but accelerator seem to override the braking system. Proceeded to stand on brakes to attempt to stop as there were three lanes of stopped traffic and no where else to go. Shifted car into park to come to an abrupt stop to avoid hitting 8+ cars and pushing them into a very large intersection. Car had approximately 46000 miles on it and had new brakes installed 8 months prior. Car had been serviced 1 month prior for general service point checks. Took car to dealership same day of this incident - they could not find nothing wrong with the car. Offered to service based on a previous recall to remove the current floormat and adjust accelerator. One month prior to this incident the radio stopped working for a couple of days then started working intermittently sometimes displaying garbled text on the radio display.

- Cold Spring, KY, USA

problem #66

Sep 242012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 39,455 miles
I was waiting at a stop with my foot on the brake, and the transmission in drive. Suddenly, with no input from me, the engine accelerated. Adding more pressure to the brake I was unable to keep it from moving forward. With full pressure on the brake, the vehicle slowly moved into the rear panel of a car in front of me, doing fender damage to both vehicles. This is the third time in the 5 years that I have owned this vehicle, that it has suddenly accelerated. I've had it to the Toyota dealer twice, and both times they inferred that it was my error. I know that each time this has happened, I was not moving, and had my foot on the brake when the car's engine began to rev up with no action taken my me. Something is dangerously wrong with this vehicle.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #65

Jul 012010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle was recalled by Toyota to have accelerator pedal modified and floor mats changed in order to avoid inadvertent acceleration. Floor mat change applied only to original Toyota supplied floor mats, which above vehicle has, at least according to accessory window sticker supplied at purchase. When vehicle was taken to ourisman Toyota for compliance, dealer marked on customer yellow form that mats were not original Toyota and that they would not be changed. However dealer stated verbally that mats actually were original Toyota, but that customers were not happy with new mats since they were too thin. Therefore dealer decided to comply with safety directive by marking all original mats as non-original mats, which did not have to be changed. Nice to know that the dealer is customer oriented, but I am left wondering if that jeopardizes safety. Incident was reported to Toyota on the safety email address listed on their web site, but no reply received.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #64

Jul 152012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 82,575 miles


While driving on the highway, my accelerator opened to full throttle. I had to depress the brake strongly for between 10 and 15 seconds until the accelerator clicked off. The cruise control was on, but it was not set. The pedal was well clear of the floor mat, and looking down during the incident I could see that it was clear of any objects. It was a terrifying event. Upon notifying a local Toyota dealership, they tested the vehicle and claimed they did not discover what the problem was.

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #63

Feb 162012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
A car pulled out of driveway and I touched the brake pedal and my engine increased acceleration when it should have slowed acceleration and I pushed my car into neutral and I pulled cruise control lever towards me and the engine slowed down-my car had been set to cruise at 52 mph. After the incident I shut the cruise control off as I was heading into town. I then pulled into big scoop(canton, il business) parking lot going less than 5 mph-a lady walked in front of my car and I touched the brake and again I experienced unwanted acceleration and again I was quick in shoving car into neutral preventing a serious injury. I went home and called fort Toyota in pekin, il and I took car in Feb, 17, 2012 at noon. They had their top mechanic check it out-he said he could find nothing wrong. They called Toyota's headquarters and they told them it was a floormat issue. They told me that and I told them it had nothing to do with the floormats but rather after touching the brake pedal is when I received unwanted acceleration in both incidents. They asked me several questions about that and they gave me Toyota's headquarters number and gave me a rental car to use. When I called their headquarters they said it was a floormat issue and that was their final statement on the matter. I told them it was a brake issue but they stuck to floormats as the cause and that is why I'm reporting this matter to you as I feel for the safety of all drivers; this issue needs to be resolved by any automaker with unwanted acceleration problems. A first step is to admit that they have the problem then good(safe) things will result. Thank you for hearing me out. It is appreciated very much, [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Canton, IL, USA

problem #62

Mar 012007


  • 50 miles
When driving for longs periods, and some short periods including coming home from the dealer when the vehicle was brand new, the check engine, stability control, and 4WD lights come on in the cluster. The cruise control, 4WD, and stability control do not function when this happens. The dealer claims they could not find any codes and cannot fix it. This has been going on since March of 2007, and the warranty has expired. I feel this is a huge safety concern, as I have heard of other Toyota vehicles doing the same thing, and stability control is a safety feature.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #61

Jun 032011


  • 65,127 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number:11V113000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal). Since the recall repair, the contact stated that it was difficult to reach the pedal because the pedal was modified too short, resulting in the contact's foot slipping from the pedal. The dealer and manufacturer were contacted and advised to the contact that they would order a new pedal, but the pedal would be the same size as the pedal that was previously recalled. The failure mileage was 65,127 and the current mileage was 65,277.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #60

Mar 272011


  • 34,450 miles
2007 Toyota Rav4, sudden acceleration while waiting at a stop light. Without any warning the vehicle started to accelerate, even though foot was firmly on the brake pedal the vehicle began pulling forward and through a stop light. As vehicle was pulling forward shifted to neutral, only then did the vehicle's motion stop. Engine continued to rev to very high rpms for about 30 seconds, the rpms then came back down to normal. Drove vehicle 10 miles to get home terrified that it would happen again.

- Springdale, MD, USA

problem #59

Feb 112011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 28,240 miles
Unexplained/unexpected acceleration: While stopped at a traffic light, the engine suddenly raced. If my foot had not already been on the brake, the car would have surged forward. I keep my foot on the brake, put the car in neutral and then turned the engine off. When I restarted the vehicle, the acceleration had stopped. This has only happened once.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #58

Jan 012011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact was approaching a traffic stop driving 2 mph when the vehicle accelerated abnormally. There was an unusual increase in engine rpms of 7000. The contact engaged the brake and placed the vehicle in neutral. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the failure or diagnosis. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage is 33,000 updated 03/24/11 updated 04/25/11

- Norfork, VA, USA

problem #57

Dec 042010


  • 41,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while trying to stop the vehicle and slow down it accelerated into an intersection. The contact had to shift into neutral gear in order to slow down and stop the vehicle. The contact was driving about 25 mph when the failure occurred. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who state that the failure could not be duplicated and the vehicle was a part of any recalls. The failure and current mileages were 41000.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #56

Oct 232010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota rav-4. the contact stated while driving 40 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed through a fence and then an embankment. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and back. The contact turned the vehicle off while still in motion. The vehicle sustained damage to the front end. A police report was available. The contact did not call the manufacturer regarding the crash. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Albany, OH, USA

problem #55

Oct 012010


  • miles
2007 Toyota Rav4. S10 appropriate handling- letter from regarding Toyota problems the consumer stated the vehicle would lurch forward after hitting the brake. He stated when he started the vehicle it would rev up to 2,000 RPM. He tried to get it down below 2,000 RPM by hitting the accelerator pedal, but it had no effect.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #54

Sep 192010


  • 53,000 miles
Unintended acceleration. 1st incident: Minor incident on a wed/thurs that I initially thought was just the brakes going soft and mentally thought to watch them to see if they might need replaced. 2nd more serious incident Sunday, 19sep10: Cruise control on in a 55mph zone, tapped brake going into 45mph zone, used pedal until needing to brake for full stop at intersection. Started braking and engine started revving - hubby says tac reached 2500/3500 RPM. I was busy trying to stop the vehicle and figure out what was happening. Got vehicle stopped and managed to avoid accident. Engine recovered and returned to normal. Drove home, parked and took to Toyota next day. Dealer looked car over and ran diagnostics for 1.5 wks - called in field rep who looked some more. I drove around for an hour with the master mechanic - couldn't get the vehicle to replicate. Same circumstances for both incidents. Dealer nor I could replicate in dealer's presence.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #53

May 192010


  • 5,200 miles
We had a Toyota Rav4, bought new in 2007. We had about 5200 miles on it, when, on May 19,2010, while parking the car in the garage, I put the gear in reverse, with my foot on the brake. The engine suddenly surged, the rpms went above 5000, and in spite of my pressing hard on the brake, the car shot over 1yard out the garage. I put the car in park, and the engine continued at this high speed. I used the key to shut it down. All the lights on the dash shone with an unusual brightness during this event. I called the dealer, metro Toyota, and they told me to bring the car in, which I did, late in the day. The next day, they called me, told me there was nothing wrong with the car, and that the reason of the acceleration was the "rug". the rag was removed, and I picked up the car. Obviously, I drove it home with great care. The next day, in traffic, I was approaching a red light, with a car stopped in front of me, down a little slope on the road. I kept a safe distance of 3-4 car lengths behind the car in front of me, foot lightly on the brake, when the car again surged, but I managed to control it barely avoiding rear ending the car in front of me.very early next morning, I took the car back to the dealer, where it was kept for over 2 weeks, no attempt to repair was done, with the word that the car checked ok.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #52

Apr 172010

RAV4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota rav 4. while braking from a speed of 25 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning. In order to stop the acceleration, the contact placed the vehicle in neutral and shut off the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer yet the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The current and failure mileages were 22,000. Updated 8/2/10 the consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 08/09/10

- Farmington, CT, USA

problem #51

Apr 232010

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 28,500 miles
My 2007 6 cyl Rav4 has under 30K miles on it. Was fine and after sitting un-driven in my garage for 3 weeks, now the check engine light, vsc, and 4 wheel drive lights stay on. The transmission no longer shifts into overdrive (stays in 4th gear) at highway speeds. Random delayed acceleration when making slow speed turns (usually at intersections or passing in slow moving rush-hour traffic) resulting in sudden acceleration. No accident - yet. Have appointment to have the dealer look at it.

- Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #50

May 052010


  • 26,500 miles
May 5, 2010 accident. Toyota Rav4 2007 accelerated. At time of acceleration I had already begun braking to make a right turn. Engine began loud racing and car accelerated. With very little room to maneuver I turned car hard right to avoid cars and ran into a large tree with car still accelerating stopping only when hitting tree and bounced off. When car came to a stop engine was still racing and very loud. The accident was on private property so police were not called. Witness observed slow down and turn signals and then seeing car begin accelerating very quickly. 2nd witness that heard the noise of the crash came out of house and was alarmed at the loud racing still coming from the engine after car had come to a stop. Engine racing did not stop until I was able to turn the ignition off. Accident happened in a matter of less than a minute after acceleration began and I was not able to take hands off of wheel to attempt putting into neutral or turn engine off. Car estimate was $14,000 which did not include the new engine and transmission that would be required so it was totaled. Injuries sustained by me include severe bruising, soreness and burn like abrasions across neck and right arm from seat belt. A concussion due to head and neck being thrown back ward and forward on impact. Remaining symptoms include dizziness, nausea, headaches, cognitive issues. This was 2nd experience of acceleration problem. First incident 2 weeks prior, lasted less than 30 seconds with no accident and car resumed previous speed before acceleration. Car has had full maintenance with dealer since purchase as a new car. No previous accidents. Car has never required any repair other than a tire and all maintenance was properly maintained.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #49

Jan 152010


  • 21,500 miles
The accelerator stuck and raced while driving into newport nh in a line of traffic. I was fortunate that there was an empty parking lot to turn into or I would have hit the car in front of me. The car is a Toyota rav 4 bought new in June of 2007 and this was the first time this happened, and it was before the news of the Toyota problems surfacing.. since then it has repeated this 8 times through April of 2010, completely randomly. It has been to two nh dealerships (about 20 hours of inspections/ diagnoses) and they have not been able to replicate the problem. In fact Toyota has told me that there is nothing further they can do and if the car is indeed dangerous or an accident waiting to happen that is my problem. At this point I am not sure they believe me but I can assure you that the defect is very real and the last time it occurred on April 5 there were two people in the car who saw it firsthand as it happened twice that day. Additionally I don't know what to do with the car as I can't sell it with this kind of defect and my wife will no longer drive it. Loaning the car to anyone else becomes a liability and driving with young children or elderly folks is out of the question. Frankly I have been highly disappointed in Toyota's response which has been slow or non responsive until recently when they informed me that everything is working properly and that arbitration is my only recourse. The car has 22000 and is still under warranty.

- Bradford, NH, USA

problem #48

Mar 152010


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at 2 mph with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 16,000.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

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