Car Accelerates On Its Own Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 163 problems related to car accelerates on its own (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota RAV4 based on all problems reported for the RAV4.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 11/19/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. While pulling into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a brick wall. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000. The VIN was invalid. ## #vpic# 1 - check digit (9th position) does not calculate properly; 3 - VIN corrected, error in one position (assuming check digit is correct); 14 - unable to provide information for all the characters in the VIN. #vpic#.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 2
Failure Date: 03/30/2019

2016 Toyota Rav4 was stopped at red light and suddenly accelerated at high rpm causing the vehicle to lung forward. Holding the brake pedal hard did not keep the vehicle from going forward. There was no traffic at the time, was stopped at a red light with brake engaged, at intersection on us17, jacksonville, FL. Very serious safety discrepancy that has potential to cause severe accident and or fatality.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 02/21/2019

My 2001 silver Toyota rav 4 had a sudden unintended acceleration problem when I was decelerating to a complete stop at an already congested intersection with traffic lights. I was applying brake pressure from 20 mph, down to 15,10,5, down to 2 mph, coming to a complete stop, my rav 4 engine suddenly started to rev-up/race wildly and very loud in a matter of 3, or 4-5 seconds (the engine/rpm sounded similar one would hear when you would be accelerating entering a freeway via the entrance ramp). My rav 4 shot forward so fast like it was on some rocket launching pad. My foot was on my brake pedal almost to the car floor and I could not stop the car from moving into the back - and rear ending the car in front of me which was about 10-15 feet in front of me, that was stopped waiting for the light to turn green at the already congested stop light intersection. Damage was done to the rear end of the SUV door hatch and the attached tire mounted on the back of the SUV in front of me. Damage on my rav 4 was car hood folding back and up and my front upper and lower section of my bumper and plastic grill area. I immediately reported the unintended acceleration problem to t he Toyota motor company the next day and they sent a 3rd party engineering analysis to examine my car. The investigator spent 4-5 hours examining my car and couldn't elaborate his findings but has submitted the information he was able to retrieve, back to the Toyota motor CO. Apparently, my 2001 rav 4 is a first generation model/version and didn't have the elaborate detailed edr devices installed in them, however some other device/devices, could possibly be retrieved? the final report by Toyota taken by the 3rd party field engineering analysis will take 3-4 weeks from this report I have posted. A police report was filed (please see the scanned info- for further investigation).

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 01/04/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2011 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 5 mph approaching a red light, the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated. The contact shifted into neutral and the brake pedal traveled all the way to the floorboard when depressed. The vehicle finally came to a stop. The contact stated that the failure occurred two other times. The vehicle was taken to umansky Toyota (1357 richmond road, charlottesville, va 22911) to be diagnosed, but they were not able to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 138,719.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2014 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 12/12/2018

~tl the contact owns a 2014 Toyota Rav4. While the contact was attempting to pull into a parking spot, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a parked vehicle. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic who stated that the repair would cost approximately $4,700. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The failure mileage was 32,000.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 11/08/2018

I have owned a 2007 Toyota rav 4 for 10 years. I was leaving a delaware, ohio, hospital parking lot, backing out slowly, my foot on the brake, while turning the wheel to the left. Suddenly the engine roared and I shot backward, smashing into the car parked behind where my car had been. The car I hit was somewhat damaged in the rear driver's side fender. The impact shoved it out of its space and almost into a small truck to the right. My car's rear windshield shattered and the right back bumper and side were crumpled. This was the second time this happened to me. The first time, I again was backing from a tight spot, this time turning the wheel to the right, when the engine roared and the car lurched backward. That time, I hit nothing. It happened another time when my husband was backing, again from a tight spot while turning the wheel. Back at the hospital lot. I informed the front desk employee, who informed the ohiohealth hospital police. Two officers reported, took my information and began searching for the other car's owner. I also called the city police; an officer came but left after conferring with ohiohealth's police. I then took the car directly to my local insurance agent, who connected me with a claims adjuster. At first I theorized that my foot on the brake must have pivoted slightly as I turned in my seat to ensure I could back safely. My foot must have pressed the gas pedal. Pressed with considerable power, given the car's backward leap. Nov. 8 I tested this theory on my driveway, and saw immediately it was impossible. I would have had to lift my foot from the brake deliberately to press the gas firmly. This car's regular maintenance has been done at the local Toyota dealer. My car was not among those recalled for sudden acceleration problems, but I believe it should have been. The car is registered in my husband's name, (xxxxx). Parts of this document have been redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 10/21/2018

Vehicle experienced sudden unintended acceleration when exiting the highway and making a turn. Rpm went up to 7,000 until the vehicle was turned off. The accelerator pedal was depressed fully several times while the car was suspended and turned off and started back on with the brake pedal fully depressed to ensure proper safety measures in case the vehicle jolts forward. No accident or injuries occurred during the incident as the vehicle was put to a stop safely before other parties would be involved. Local dealership doesn't want to take it in for proper inspection without a diagnostic payment.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 10/18/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. When the contact started the vehicle and attempted to drive forward, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the front passenger tire of a parked and unoccupied vehicle. Afterwards, the engine rpms increased and the vehicle continued to rev even though the contact was depressing the brake pedal with both feet. The contact stated that the vehicle proceeded to move backwards while the brake pedal was still depressed. The passenger was able to reach the gear shift and place it in the park position to stop the vehicle. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 08/18/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 10 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle suddenly experienced unintended acceleration and the engine rpms suddenly increased. The driver quickly switched the transmission into the neutral position in order to slow down the vehicle. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on three separate occasions. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The local dealer (page Toyota, 21262 telegraph rd, southfield, mi) was notified of the failure, but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 32,000.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 08/04/2018

I'm experiencing unintended acceleration without engaging the pedal from a stationary position.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2004 Toyota RAV4 11
Failure Date: 11/02/2017

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while reversing the vehicle, the accelerator pedal got stuck, the brake pedal failed to slow down the vehicle which increased speed above 55 mph. The vehicle crashed into another vehicle destroying the other vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact was not injured. The dealer (wellesley Toyota, 234 worcester st, wellesley, MA 02481, (888) 577-6342) was notified of the failure and the service center manager indicated that there was no determined cause of the unintended acceleration. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v113000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was towed to a repair shop per the insurance company, the collision damages were repaired however, the contact was uncertain if the failure may happen again. The manufacturer was made aware. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. Dyd.

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car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 12
Failure Date: 10/17/2017

Vehicle in motion on street sudden acceleration. Was going slow step on brake put in park. Heard engine reup felt like wanting to go by itself. Happened once to my wife and once to me while driving on city street. Call Toyota dealer service dept. Asked about recall. Was told yes for recall. Too vehicle in was giving printout of recalls. Showing floor interference problem to accelerator. Was not offered a recheck on ongoing same accelerator problem.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 03/03/2017

Car sitting in parking lot. Started engine in park, engine suddenly accelerated had to turn ignition key off to stop engine from running at high speed. When restarted engine ran at normal idle speed. Checked floor mat and hoses on engine, all ok. Scheduled appointment with Toyota dealer for 3/6/2017. Car has 28,563 miles on odometer and I am the original owner. Car is garaged, no accidents and is regularly serviced by Toyota dealer. Outside temperature outside was 41 degrees. I checked the foot pedal (throttle) for free travel it was ok.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 02/06/2017

The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Rav4. While in a parking area applying the brakes, the vehicle independently surged at a high rate of speed. The rpms raced and the contact's vehicle crashed into two other vehicles. A police report was filed. The driver sustained whiplash due to the failure, which required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a repair center to repair the damages and further inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was waiting for a response to determine if they may be able to investigate the unintended acceleration failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 15
Failure Date: 04/12/2016

While pulling up to a gas pump the car suddenly accelerated. It went from zero to 40 miles per hour. I was in the passenger seat and my husband was driving. He pumped the brakes but car made a loud revving noise and would not stop. My husband was able to avoid hitting a truck, but the car went over a concrete mediano and only came to a stop when the emergency brake was pulled. The car was filled with airbag smoke even though the airbags did not deploy. A witness said that he could tell it was a mechanical issue because of the loud revving noise the car was making. Toyota has not been able to tell us what happened. They did not find a problem with brakes or accelerator. The car hit the median so hard that the frame has been bent. Even though we have been loyal Toyota customer for over 20 years, my hope is that they total the car so that I don't ever have to drive it again. Our Toyota case # is1604122141. I know that other people have had similar experiences-there is no doubt in my mind that there is a serious problem with that car.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 16
Failure Date: 04/11/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated without warning. The vehicle was able to be stopped. On another occasion, the contact stated that after switching into the drive position, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained neck and back injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed however, the body damage was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 03/15/2016

Sudden acceleration. Car was stopped in park and shifted to drive. Transmission made a large clunk sound as it went into drive and then accelerated to what sound like full throttle. My foot was on the brake and the car didn't move much but was bucking against the brake. I shifted into neutral and turned off the car. I then put it into park. I got out of the vehicle, looked under the dash and the accelerator pedal looked like it was in a normal position and the floor mats were several inches from the accelerator pedal. This took place at the bemidji high school parking lot. I then re-started the car and drove it home with no incident. There was no damage to the car and no injuries.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 01/25/2016

When braking, sudden acceleration occurred- seems to reset by letting up on brake and reapplying. Has happened on various locations and types of roads. While out of state dealership replace purge valve- seemed ok, but then on 1/25/16 was backing out of driveway had foot on brake and felt engine racing, put into park with racing engine, turned key off restarted and seemed ok had garage check could not find anything no codes showing currently back at dealership to put on their computer. This is an on-going issue for several months, but does not happen on any regular basis so it has not been identified by any garage yet. Please help.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2004 Toyota RAV4 19
Failure Date: 01/18/2016

I was pulling into a parking spot at less than 10 mph when the engine revved loudly, lurched forward, jumped the curb and continued up a slope. I was unable to stop the car. I was able to turn the wheel to avoid a head-on collision with a building, and instead hit the building on an angle on the left front side. The car stopped only after hitting the building. This is the third instance of "unintended acceleration" I have experienced with this vehicle. This was the most serious episode. The other two events were similar. In the first instance the car again accelerated while I was parking at low speed and hit a fence. In the second instance there was no damage or injury as I was able to put the car into park.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

Car suddenly accelerated when slowing for a traffic light. Foot securely on the brake. Speed under 5 mph. No floor mats or interference with the throttle of any kind.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 21
Failure Date: 12/26/2015

The car significantly accelerates when backing out of the garage. When stopped for a red light it is eager to go if the brakes are not depressed very firmly and between 20 and 40 miles per hour it shifts into a higher gear with unintended acceleration. It has also done this when once going up a hill at 39 miles per hour. It feels dangerous to me when I am approaching a stop sign and it chooses to accelerates unless I am braking long before the sign. The can was examined by the deaqlership 2 times and "nothing was found". I then contacted someone in Toyota's colorado administrative office. This person took a computer apparatus attached it to my car, we test drove it around and they determined it does automatically shift into 5th gear during these acceleration times. The car feels unsafe and will sooner or later be the cause of an accident.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 12/17/2015

The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Rav4. While entering an on-ramp, the contact's vehicle unexpectedly accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. There were no injuries sustained. The contact drove the vehicle to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side fender and panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

Four unintended acceleration incidents has occurred with my Toyota Rav4. Recent incidents on 9/1415 (college park, MD when brake applied at a red light with vehicle ahead; passenger/witness in car). High rpm and engine rev occurred; both feet on brake in attempt to keep car from advancing; put car in neutral and then park and engine stopped revving. And on 10/5/15 (damascus, MD when brake applied at stop sign with vehicle ahead). Both feet on brake, car to neutral then to park. Actions did not stop engine rps. Turned key to turn off vehicle. Rubber mat (on top of Toyota carpet mats) was removed before leaving the Toyota service center on 9/15/15. Proving on 10-5-15 that the unintended acceleration problem is not a result of floor mats which Toyota would like everyone to believe. Vehicle will be taken to darcar frederick MD to filed second incident report on Monday, 10/12/15 (delay because I left on travel 10/5/15). Intent will be to determine trade-in value of car and most likely purchase another vehicle. It's time that Toyota recognize unintended accceleration problems with their Rav4s.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2014 Toyota RAV4 24
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

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.

car image   Car Accelerates On Its Own problem of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 25
Failure Date: 09/09/2015

The car accelerated suddenly without intent almost crashing into a wall. I was able to stop the car w/out injury or accident . I was entering my garage at a very slow speed ( under 5 mph).

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