pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,733 miles

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2011 Toyota RAV4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2011 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,991 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving 50-55 mph when the brakes were applied and the brake pedal felt loose, became stick. The vehicle was taken to three dealerships where a diagnostic was performed and all three dealers were unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was also test driven but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 4,991 and the current mileage was 8,613.....updated 06/18/12 the consumer stated the brakes were spongy and the bas did not engage the distance to stop vehicle.

- Cedar Bluff , VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 132011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota rav 4. the contact stated that when stopping, his foot would haphazardly depress the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the nothing could be done to repair the flaw in the vehicle design. The current and the failure mileages were 5,000. Updated 05/11/12 the consumer stated while driving 65 mph, he had to immediately apply the emergency brake to prevent a collision, as the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Updated 05/15/12

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 302011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
This complaint relates to the vehicle I lease, but I suspect it applies to all Toyota Rav4 models of this same design vintage, and may also apply to other Toyota models. The basic problem, as shown in the annotated photo available at jrgspace.homestead.com/rav4_engineering_design_fail__1.jpg is the inadequate spacing between the accelerator and brake pedals, which allows even relatively small shoes to simultaneously depress both pedals during "urgent", or even "normal" braking situations. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the point (or plane) at which effective braking is achieved is at least 1/2" below or "beyond" the plane of the accelerator pedal, almost guaranteeing the application of power during braking. This is an incredible engineering design failure and will almost assuredly lead to accidents if it has not already done so, as I have narrowly avoided several accidents myself already where this interference was a factor. I consider this an extremely hazardous condition and should be addressed by the NHTSA as a top priority.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 082010


  • 940 miles
Having just descended a hill, I tried to brake while approaching a sharp curve. The brakes were not responding, the vehicle was accelerating and the engine was revving. I put the transmission in neutral as I pulled over to the side of the road and shut the engine off.

- Albrightsville, PA, USA

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