really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,229 miles

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2010 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Apr 022012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Within a year or two of purchasing this 2010 Toyota Tundra I noticed erratic and unpredictable acceleration characteristics when accelerating to pass and when the cruise control was engaged going up hills. The speed would increase more than necessary to accomplish the task. I decided this behavior was a personality trait of the Tundra as it never caused an unsafe situation to occur. Over the last two years I have noticed a hesitation of acceleration from stopped. I can depress the accelerator pedal and the engine sounds like it wants to go but acceleration is very lethargic. Response to accelerator pedal depression is unpredictable in that at intermittent times it just does not cause much acceleration. The tendency is to then press further down on the accelerator pedal and then the truck will eventually take off rather fast. I have not yet visited my Toyota dealership about this but I do intend to. I believe that the acceleration issue in the Toyota Tundra is perplexing and dangerous. Somebody is going to be seriously hurt because of it. I am amazed that Toyota has not been held accountable. I am skeptical about Toyota's ability or interest in fixing the problem.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #21

Jan 312014


  • 61,000 miles
A sudden acceleration of engine RPM was experienced with the transmission in park and the engine idling. Without touching accelerator pedal, engine rpms increased to 3500 to 4000 for 8-10 seconds before returning to typical idling speed engine would not subsequently respond to depression of accelerator pedal. Toyota repair shop has diagnosed problem as throttle body stuck open. Although nobody was injured or killed in this incident, that doesn't make it any less serious. Perhaps some day, Toyota will fix these issues proactively.

- Danville , IN, USA

problem #20

Jan 272014

Tundra 4-cyl

  • 36,560 miles
In slow moving traffic, repetitive light gas and light braking. Noticed the brake becoming difficult to depress. Had my left foot stationary on the foot pad, right foot over the brake while rolling forward. Started to drop my right foot on brake as vehicle slowed in front of me and engine suddenly accelerated rapidly as if to full throttle. Pressed on the brake as hard as I could, engine redlined and rear tires started spinning. Popped it in neutral and within a second the engine stopped accelerating out of control. Floor mats were not interfering with any pedals on my immediate inspection after incident. Incident caught on dash/windshield camera.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #19

Sep 162013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


I was traveling North on interstate 65 from birmingham, al to franklin, tn. My cruise control was engaged and was traveling at 70 mph and I had to disengage the cruise control because of traffic.the button popped out and the cruise control was still engaged. In order to disengage the cruise control I had to tap the brake pedal. If the cars that I was traveling along side and in front of me had stopped it would have caused a accident. Needless to say the brake disengaged the cruise control.

- Gardendale, AL, USA

problem #18

Oct 152010

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I have a 2010 Toyota Tundra that has about 10,000 miles on it. About two months ago I started noticing the truck will randomly have a sudden loss of power. It happens mainly when it has been sitting all day. It's kind of scary because when you are pulling out of a parking lot or making a left hand turn the truck will all of a sudden have no power and then it will jolt forward. I have not taken it to the dealer because no indicator lights are coming on and that's usually the only way they know how to fix problems. I have read a few forums that talk about this problem, one guy said he had his truck in and out of the dealer for 4 months and they basically ripped his whole truck apart. They finally came to the conclusion that the wire harness under the dash that goes to the fuel pump was loose and causing the problem. I called Toyota and the dealer and they told me they have not had enough complaints yet but when they do they will probably come out with a fix. I haven't done much since mainly because I don't want the dealer wasting my time and taking my truck apart.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #17

Jun 212010


  • 300 miles
Toyota Tundra 2010. Vibration in gas pedal and steering wheel on acceleration or under load around 1800 RPM. Dealer refuses to document the problem per "corporate policy." Have owned two Tundra's prior to the 2010 and did not experience this. I am concerned that there is a defect that Toyota is not acknowledging.

- Hartford, WI, USA

problem #16

May 052010


  • 12,100 miles


I have a 2010 Toyota Tundra, since the purchase note that speeds up when I come to a stop, or just when I'm with the brake pedal position, and to begin to correct single speeds, and he arranged a recall of the accelerator pedal, but even so I still have the problem a few weeks ago, almost hit with my truck, an immigration officer, when inspecting the truck, and my passport... that scared me a lot.

- Mission, TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 082010


  • 9,857 miles
I have made a report on this before but it occurred again today 4/8/2010. I have a Toyota Tundra 2010 which accelerates on its own when I start it, up to 4500-5000 RPM's. it will rev up 3-4 times and then bog down and die, I then start it up again and it is like nothing ever happened. It has never occurred while the vehicle is moving always in park when I first start it up. It has been in the shop 2 times each time for a week and they say that because they can not duplicate the problem there is no way for them to fix the problem if there is one. Am I a liar like everyone who owns a Toyota?

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #14

Apr 072010


  • 14,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Hi I am calling to report a Toyota Tundra SE [xxx]. the car got service on March 27 for the recall problem according to service tech the problem was resolve. However waiting for a train to go by my car on it own accelerated on April 2 2010, again on April 6th the car accelerate once and the four times in that day it went from a speed of 65 to 5 miles per hour announcing traction control. That day the car was taken in to get service again once again a was assured by service tech that the problem was resolve. Today April 7th driving back from work the traction control light came up again and I lost complete speed and control of gas pedal. The Toyota dealer that has been servicing this car has been Toyota place address 9670 trask ave garden grove ca 92844.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 232010


  • 400 miles
In March 2010, I purchased a new Toyota Tundra 2010 crewmax 5.7L truck fully loaded with navigation system, remote start, and guidepoint (lojack like) system from expressway Toyota in dorchester, MA. The truck was supposedly manufactured in February 2010 and had the revised gas pedal. On March 23, the incident below occurred. Was driving to work from reading, MA to charlestown, MA (about 13 miles) on Tuesday, March 23. It was a rainy day and traffic was heavy. I had the defroster and wipers on and was stuck in traffic on a busy main street about 10 miles into the trip. The car in front of me started to move forward slowly so I took my foot off the brake to also move forward slowly. That other car was about 10 feet in front of me. I barely touched the gas pedal when the truck took off at full acceleration. I got on the brake as heavy as I could and the truck fish tailed side to side. I quickly put it into neutral and then park while the truck was still revving at full acceleration. While it was in park and engine still going full speed I tapped the gas pedal with my foot and it released. I was very lucky I didn't crash into anything. I did smell a burning odor once I got the truck under control. I'm not sure if that was the tires, brake pads or something else.

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #12

Mar 092010


  • 25,000 miles


I have a 2008 Tundra and had my gas pedal "fixed". my gas pedal is now extremely sensitive and I find difficult to accelerate safely. I have issues when accelerating from a stop, as I hit any sort of bump or hole I find myself "revving" the engine as my pedal is too sensitive and how I describe as loose. This is very annoying and find it to be an unacceptable fix!!!

- Aberdeen, SD, USA

problem #11

Jan 152010


  • 14 miles
-the contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tundra. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph and then brought the vehicle to a complete stop. Upon acceleration, the vehicle lunged forward. The failure occurrence was sporadic. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 14. The current mileage was 5,672.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 032010


  • 6,162 miles
-the contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tundra. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph into a parking space. The gear selector was shifted from drive into the park position. Immediately, the vehicle accelerated over 50 mph. The brake pedal was engaged with great force and the vehicle surged 3 inches striking the curbside. The gear was shifted into park and the engine turned off. The contact sustained minor injury to the knee. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician informed that the vehicle required further diagnostic testing with the replacement of the accelerator pedal. The failure mileage was 6,162. The current mileage was 6,240.

- Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 142010


  • 4,100 miles
6-8 weeks after I bought my truck I started having acceleration problems with my truck a 2010 Tundra. It has never accelerated while moving it has done it in park every time when I get in and start the truck. It accelerates to 4-5000 RPM's and bogs down it does 3-4 times then it bogs down and dies. I have taken my truck in 3 times and they ( Toyota of lewisville) have kept it twice and could never duplicate the problem so they claim that they could not find the problem, and that there was no trouble codes to follow up on. This incident has occurred about 8 or 9 times and I am really worried that it will someday happen while I am driving. I don't ever know when it is going to happen it just happens when I get in and start the truck whether it is hot or cold. The dealership has kept my truck twice for a week each time and has done nothing to correct the failure because they say that they can not find the problem. What can I do about this matter, I have a truck that my wife will not ride in and that it is worth nothing in a trade in. I drive it with fear of it taking off on me someday.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 062010


  • 200 miles
The truck bounces real bad on some concrete roads at about 65 mph to the point I have to slow down or change lanes to get it to stop. On the same roads I can not hold the gas pedal steady its revving the engine up on every bounce I think the recall made the peddle to sensitive on rough roads.

- Forsyth, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 192010


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tundra. Upon taking the vehicle into the dealer for routine maintenance, she was advised that there was an open recall on the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired accordingly per NHTSA campaign id number 10V017000, vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal. A few days later, while attempting to drive in reverse, the vehicle accelerated backwards and preceded to crash into a tree. There was minor damage to the front bumper. The manufacturer stated that the failure was potentially due to driver error and that he possibly had depressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brakes. The contact was concerned with operating an unsafe vehicle as it was her only means of transportation. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 2,100.

- Wheatland, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 092010


  • 15,000 miles
I own an 08 Toyota Tundra. Have done all maintenance work and have records. Had the accelerator pedal problem fixed (?) by Toyota in wellesley Massachusetts on 2/5/10. The date below is approximate, I put the car in reverse and it took off smashing my rear bumper which I paid to fix. I just thank god that was not a child behind my car. Since then there have been too many incidents to counts with the accelerator sticking. Called Toyota both dealership and company and was told my truck has been fixed. I am here to tell you it has not been fixed. The more miles I put on the car the more frequently this happens. I was on channel 5 news in mass on Friday 3/5 and sat 3/6 regarding this continuing problem. Toyota is not offering a rental while they look at it and this is a work truck for me. I don't work I don't get paid and I still owe 16K on the truck. I am sending a certified letter to corporate Toyota and putting them on notice regarding the liability on this matter, which is huge. I am not losing my home and everything I have worked hard for all my life because Toyota has a problem they cannot figure out. I myself do not believe there was ever a floor mat problem, that was a delay tactic. But I am reporting to you as I was instructed to do by channel 5 not Toyota or the dealership but by the newscaster that broadcast my story. The acceleration is happening at least 5-9 times a week at various times. If you can help please do. Thank you.

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 222009


  • 1,000 miles
I have 2010 Toyota Tundra that has had a sudden acceleration. I was driving down the highway with the cruise set at around 73mph. I had to hit the brake, when I hit the cruise to reinstate the cruise the truck seamed like it went full trouble. My foot was never on the gas and the truck accelerated to over 90 before I canceled the curse control. This has happened only once.

- Tallulah, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152009


  • 4,000 miles
The contact has a 2010 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the vehicle idles high when sitting at a stoplight. The contact stated that happens every now and then and not consistently. The contact stated that this problem happen 12 times on this vehicle. The failure mileage was 400O and the current mileage was 12000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 252010


  • 3,342 miles
2010 Toyota Tundra acceleration when trying to brake. The Tundra could not stop and hit a 2000 Buick which had struck a parked car and catapulted across the lane in front of Tundra (Buick and Tundra going in opposite directions).

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

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