really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,046 miles

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2014 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Oct 292015


  • 20,000 miles
Car 1 cut in front of car 2, car 3 (ours) stopped 1 car length away, when started to drive past the crash suddenly car 4 slammed into car 3 (ours) and pushed my wife's car into car 2 and car 2 into car 1 again. Airbag failed to deploy, seat belt locked and ems had to get my wife out. When this happened my wife was driving on I95 heading South just passing exit 60 hypoluxo dr at about 45mph when she was able to stop. She was going less than 5 mph when she was hit by car 4....updated 11/05/15

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 122015


  • 11,400 miles
I was driving on an overpass and was about to turn onto an on ramp to enter interstate 70 in limon Colorado and I struck a vehicle on the front drivers side of both our cars. And my airbag didn't deploy. I hit the steering column with my right arm and left side of my chest and stomach.

- Haysville, KS, USA

problem #3

Jan 162015

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 2,300 miles


At approximately 8:20 am on Friday, January 16th, 2015, I was pulling into an empty parking spot in front of my apartment complex after dropping my 6 year-old at school. This was a routine as I do this every morning. However, as I was slowing the car down preparing to park (5-10 mph), the car suddenly accelerated (approximately 25-30 mph) and ran over the sidewalk, bushes and into the side of my apartment complex. Despite my attempts to brake, the car would not stop. In the process I ran through the side of my apartment complex wall and front gate, nearly going right through my front door and living room where my 6 month old and wife were playing. I had to place the car in park and turn the car off. That stopped the car. I then turned the car back on and reversed. Luckily no one was injured, but there was substantial damage done to the side of my apartment complex and my vehicle. Should be noted, that despite the impact, no airbags were deployed. At the moment, my insurance company has me at fault. I have filed with Toyota corporate and they are having a specialist investigate the vehicle. I do not feel safe in this car. And hope that this is investigated further. Had I not turned off my car, I would have surely gone through my front door and into my living room, potentially hurting my 6 month old and wife.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012014


  • miles
On business and vacation, coming from la to atlanta...I was driving speed limit in far left lane, on interstate, in lagrange, ga, a truck coming onto the interstate merging from far right loss control because she was speeding and the roads were slick from a light rain, she fishtailed from the far right, crossing the right lane and coming head on in opposite direction of traffic, hitting my rental vehicle..rav 4. hit us head on...the airbags popped out everywhere, blocking escape exits, we thought the truck would catch afire, because of smoke smell, we tried to get out, all doors on the left of the vehicle would not open, although it wasn't hit in any way, had to crawl over seats and under airbags to escape on the right side of vehicle. Even the hatch back door at rear of vehicle would not open at all. We just barely escaped with our lives, and injuries, because if we didn't push the right side doors we would have been trapped.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 142014

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
Rav 4 traveling on roadway when another vehicle struck its right front fender and front door in T-bone impact. Force of impact was enough to move rav 4 to the left 2.5 lanes. Right side curtain airbags did not deploy.

- Boynton Beach , FL, USA

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