really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,331 miles

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2009 Toyota Venza Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 202016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owned a 2009 Toyota Venza. While driving 50 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the brakes failed to function properly. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags deployed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. A police report was filed. Three occupants sustained minor injuries that required medical attention. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 182016


  • 32,700 miles
While trying to brake, my car accelerated and I almost hit the cars infront of me. I was getting off the highway to the rotary and there was cars stopped in front of me and I tried to brake and the car accelerated instead.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #8

Jan 172015

Venza 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Toyota 2009 Venza systemic speed sensor failures: Right rear speed sensor 1/17/2015: Left rear speed sensor May 2013: Left front speed sensor April 2012 in each case, the antilock brake system (ABS) and the vehicle stability control (vsc) systems were disabled, creating hazardous vehicle operation, especially in snow/ice. Researching, I determined that no recall had been issued, but that knowledge of the defective speed sensors and that their failure disabled the ABS and traction control systems were common knowledge. I notified Toyota customer assistance center of my concern, on January 22, 2015 (Toyota case # [xxx]), and made formal request for full reimbursement of the charges for the third repair on the basis that Venza speed sensor failures are a systemic, recognized issue causing hazardous driving conditions, and clearly should have been the subject of a recall long past. I notified Toyota that the criteria for notification of the issue to the department of transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were clearly met. Per United States code for motor vehicle safety (title 49, chapter 301), motor vehicle safety is defined as ┐the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle.Ł Toyota rejected my request 3/10/15 on the basis that it did not meet the criteria of their new vehicle limited warranty, completely disregarding the stated concern. Given that Toyota has willfully chosen to not address the recall and hazard issues raised, this complaint is submitted. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #7

Jan 082015

Venza 6-cyl

  • 31,928 miles


On January 8th,2015 I had the right front wheel speed sensor replaced on our vehicle. An internet check revealed that a technical service bulletin ref: Tsb 0031-12 was issued. NHTSA ref: 10052153 for the 2009 Venza was also issued due to numerous complaints of faulty wheel speed sensors.the faulty wheel speed sensor caused 3 warning lights to come on. The ABS, vsc and brake system warning lights could you please include this VIN if a recall is announced. Thank you.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #6

Nov 212014


  • 65,000 miles
Vcs, brakes, ABS lights all on at the same time after heavy rain. Went away, came back a couple of times and now is on constantly.

- Wales, ME, USA

problem #5

Aug 012014

Venza 6-cyl

  • 65,377 miles
I was driving approximately 40 mph and had to slam on the brakes because the person in front of me made an illegal U-turn. After this occurrence the following dash lights lit up (hand brake light, ABS light, warning light) I took my car in to the dealer and they have diagnosed it to be an ABS sensor on my front left tire. In the meantime I have read many blogs about this type of problem with this vehicle. The blogs mostly state that the Toyota dealers do not know what is the remedy for this brake issue. Before I spend a lot of money to address this issue I would like some information first, if in fact a recall is going to happen in the near future for this issue. Thank you.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #4

May 172013

Venza 6-cyl

  • 28,303 miles


Driving home from work stopped @ stop sign, the lights on the dash lit up for check braking, ABS, vcs system call your dealer...... so continued to pull out from stop, and squeals the tire, and the vehicle is all over the road when accelerating. Was told it is not a recall problem and my warranty just ran out...... vehicle mileage 28385.................. if this happens please be careful car does not handle the same and you lose control easily. I think that all wheel drive is involved but it doesn't handle the same when driving. Taking to dealer this week! Toyota ref # [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 262013


  • 80,000 miles
Driving home from work Friday morning and the vsc, ABS warnings begin to come up. An issue which was noted when we first purchased the car and around 20K miles the dealer told us we needed a new battery which we had to purchase out of pocket. Since then we purchased an extra warranty to cover all components of the vehicle. This time the dealer is stating that it is a speed sensor and that the insurance covers it but we will have to pay for the labor roughly 400 dollars. The dealer informed us that the issue at hand was for a speed sensor but that it is ok to drive the car. We drove the car and noticed that in the rain the car skids when you try to brake and feels very unsafe so we ended up staying home.

- Uniondale, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 032013

Venza 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
That day, ABS light came on, return to dealer. Tried to stop and the brakes shuttered, anti-lock kicked in. This continues every time I try and stop while finding a place to park.

- Leawood, KS, USA

problem #1

Oct 052012


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Venza. The contact stated after having the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign I.D. number 12V091000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch), the brake warning lamps illuminated indicating a failure in the braking system. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results determined a defective speed sensor harness. The failure caused the all-wheel drive system to malfunction along with the brakes and skid control system. The contact inquired with the manufacturer in regard to a technical service bulletin for the failure (NHTSA item number N/a) however, the manufacturer advised the contact that due to the mileage of the vehicle the manufacturer was not able to remedy the vehicle under the factory warranty. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

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