really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,732 miles

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 202014


  • miles


When trying to accelerate from a traffic light or stop the suddenly stops acceleration causing a very hazardous condition, has happened numerous times, back to dealer twice with no resolution, will be taking it back to dealer again, after 6 Toyota if this can't be resolved it will be traded for another mfg. Very disappointed with Toyota.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 242015


  • 2,577 miles
Unintended acceleration. Before starting work, my wife was attempting to slowly park our 2014 Rav4 at less than 2 mph in an empty parking space in the public parking lot where she works when the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own reaching a final speed of 21 mph in the span of approximately 2 to 3 seconds. During these 2 to 3 seconds the vehicle traveled a distance of approximately 27 feet from the empty parking space, running over the parking space concrete curbs and hit a parked vehicle on the Rav4 right and then ran into a tree, which was the only thing that stopped the vehicle. My wife applied the service brake to try to stop the vehicle but this effort did not prevent the vehicle from accelerating. After hitting the tree my wife shifted the vehicle into park and pushed a button to turn the engine off. The air bags did not deploy after hitting the tree at 21 mph. We notified Toyota of the problems regarding sudden acceleration, service brake and the non-deployed air bags. Toyota opened a case and sent an inspector to inspect the Rav4. We received a letter from Toyota stating they found no evidence of any type of manufacturing or design defect. We do not feel safe in this vehicle. We are not driving the 2014 Rav4 due to this serious safety defect of sudden unintended acceleration. Vehicle safety failure mileage was 2,577 miles.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 182015


  • 6,235 miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while slow moving in a crowded parking lot. Wheels continued to spin and accelerate even after car had collided with other (parked) cars, and continued to accelerate with no response from the brakes. It collided in quick succession with four cars until it finally stopped (car was turned off). Luckily no one was injured, there were dozens of pedestrians returning to their vehicles after a classic concert. I asked for an investigation by the car maker. Investigation was conducted on 6 July (cdr/edr record recovered from SRS module). In September I received a letter from Toyota saying no mechanical defect was found. However, I believe it is not a mechanical defect but a software defect that caused the acceleration. I've owned Toyota for over 15 years - which I had always considered a very reliable company - have been a driver for over 30 years and never had a single accident. The experience was so terrifying in spite of Toyota reassurance I felt the car was unsafe and transferred the lease to a dealer (bearing some monetary loss, unfortunately). I file this complaint so that future owners can be made aware, and in order to assist accuracy of statistics and studies on sudden unintended acceleration events.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

May 252015


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 3 mph and making a right turn, the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly and crashed into a wooded area. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 3,850 miles
There is a lag in the accelerator when moving from very slow or from a stop. When moving into cross traffic it is hazardous as you lose significant speed or acceleration creating an unreasonable risk that the cross traffic will collide with your vehicle. This is not a one time occurrence as it happens on a continuous basis. The dealer takes no responsibility and is ducking the issue. I am afraid it is just a matter of time before they may be serious incidents as other owners have said the same thing to me.

- Kailua Kona, HI, USA

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