really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,250 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 032011


  • 19,500 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Rav4. The vehicle was sitting in a residential garage when it was started and all frontal and rear curtain airbags deployed. The housing for the curtain air bags flew across the vehicle and there was damage to the pet element, leather interior and front and passenger sides of the vehicle. A passenger sustained severe lacerations to the left hand from the seat belt tightening around the hand upon deployment. Another passenger sustained burns to the chest from the explosion. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was inspected by the manufacturer and the event data recorder determined that the vehicle sensor malfunctioned and reacted as if the vehicle was involved in a seventy degree lateral rollover within 4.2 seconds of starting the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 19,500.

- Tallassee, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 012011


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota rav 4. while driving approximately 35 mph, the air bag light illuminated. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated the sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

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