Cruise Control Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 59 problems related to cruise control (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   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 10/18/2017

Passenger front wheel sensor harness was damaged by rodent. Vehicle has 26k miles and Toyota refused to repair the break, and would only replace the entire harness at a cost not covered of $6300. The material change of these parts attract rats. This damaged cause abs, lane departure, blind spot monitoring and cruise control systems to fail. The vehicle was parked in my driveway and I live in a gate community. I called the Toyota customer line and was given the same explanation of the lack of warranty coverage. Case #1710230814.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 2
Failure Date: 02/23/2017

Car had been using excessive oil. While I was driving on interstate, cruise control failed ,warning lights came on , started flashing and then car quickly lost all power. Barely got off the highway onto the right side of interstate. Very dangerous condition exists with these vehicles. I consider myself lucky.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 08/13/2016

I am the second owner on this car and it has been in for repair 7 times for various recalls. Does the lemon law apply to my car? you have recalled the electrical windows suspension seat belts cruise control what else is coming! claremont Toyota in California had a complete check on the car and I paid 1500 but I still see recalls. What is going on???? I have another appointment for the suspension on Monday 8/15/16.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 04/23/2016

The cruise control on my 2016 Rav4 le awd with 6 speed automatic transmission is very erratic. At highway speed (60-70 mph) it is fine on a flat road, but at the slightest incline will downshift to fifth, then slam into fourth gear with the engine rpms going up to over 4000. It will then either stay downshifted or constantly shift up and down until I am well over the top of the hill. The dealer said they all do that, so it's normal. I've stopped using the cruise because I'm concerned about possible engine and transmission damage from the harsh shifting and high rpms, but it also is very distracting to the driver which makes it a safety issue. I've complained to "ask Toyota" customer service twice. They just say they'll pass along my complaint to the proper department.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 02/16/2016

I recently had the charcoal canister that filters gas fuels fail. This caused teh check engine light to come on. In addition though, this fault took out 2 safety systems due to this code. After the light came on my brake anti skid system and cruise control were inoperable. I complained to the dealer about this issue and was told this was normal. In my opinion, just because a check engine light comes on should not cause 2 safety systems to become inoperable! why no disable the airbags too. The anti skid system helps you maintain stability on wet road. I live in the pacific northwest where the roads are wet a lot. I see failure of the cruise control is also a safety issue. I use cruise habitually so keep me under the speed limit. I had to drive without these 2 systems for a month till parts were available.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

While driving 55-60 on a highway, my anti-skid warning light came on, the 4wheel drive light a half hour later, followed by the engine light aprx 1 hr later. The following morning, while driving, the cruise control went out on me, the car unexpectedly slowed and I noticed the cruise light flashing on and off. The remote start did not work on day #3, as I traveled to have the car repaired at serra Toyota, traverse city, mi. The service tech told me that "the mechanic literally poured water out of the evap canister, we have seen other rav's w this problem and we have a bulletin on it, so Toyota is aware. The canister is faulty, which allowed road water, (very wet, slushy roads at time), to get in and damage the wiring. " the service tech also told me that the new canister/hose replacement system addresses this issue. I emailed Toyota japan, they had "henry kerry of Toyota executive headquarters, torrence, calif call me. Mr. Kerry stated that the problem was related to overfilling the gas tank. I told him that the tech said "(they) literally poured water out and they had seen this problem previously. " mr. Kerry advised that "I should have talked to the service manager to get the factual info. " bottom line: I feel that I should have been notified that electrical failure could occur, due to canister/hose failure and that a new part had been developed which, once installed, would prevent (road) water from shorting out the wiring. (the work order receipt states: ("water intrusion into evap system") thanks much, scott mclennan 989 370-0122 samgbm@hotmail. Com.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 08/15/2015

Cruise control problem rpms jump from 2200 to 4000 or higher 5000 car is not safe to drive with cruise control on.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 02/01/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Rav4. When the vehicle was started, the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The horn and the cruise control failed to operate. The contact spoke with the dealer where the technician stated that the spiral core needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 244,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 01/20/2014

While in cruise control on an incline my Rav4 accelerates out of control so I have to apply the brake to get it out of cruise control. I had this on 2 Rav4s, both 2001, one was 4wd and the other 2wd. Toyota tried to repeat the problem in the first vehicle by sending it home with a tech who drove to modesto. They could not repeat it. . . On my current car it does the same and Toyotas best answer was not to use cruise control after he asked why I was using it anyways. I was worried about the ecus in these cars and before buying it, sent the private dealer to Toyota to remedy this. Now I find out they only flashed the ecu under the recall which they new didnt fix anything. Now 2 years later I face the harsh shifting condition. . . . All on me. Im lucky not to hsve been hurt by either of these issues not addressed properly by Toyota, and thank god my 9 year old wasnt with me when the car stopped shifting properly.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

While driving at speed the vehicle's stability, antilock brakes and traction control functions stop functioning and the indicator light for all turn on. The cruise control disengages which caused the car to decelerate rapidly. I was in traffic and was able to accelerate to avoid an accident. The accelerator and braking appear to work properly but I am unable to reengage the cruise control. This is exactly the same symptoms in the recall of the 2012 Rav4 but the 2011 is not included.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 11
Failure Date: 04/06/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Rav4. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph with the cruise control activated. The contact approached a traffic stop and applied the brakes but the vehicle continued to accelerate. The gear was shifted into neutral in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to detect a trouble code. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 12
Failure Date: 01/31/2013

The onboard computer (ecm) program is defective in the 2008 Rav4, and probably other years and models, causing owners to unnecessarily bring cars in and pay for unneeded service. When I started the car to begin an interstate drive, 3 fault indicators (check engine,vehicle stability control, 4 wheel drive) illuminated. Following owners manual, my wife called the nearest Toyota dealer who told her to bring the vehicle to a Toyota dealer immediately, and to drive cautiously, to allow additional room when following other vehicles, and not to attempt sudden stops. Another fault indicator (cruise control would not engage) presented itself enroute. The service technician said the reason for all 4 fault indications was the #6 cylinder misfired 1 time a few seconds after I started the vehicle. He said the ecm is programmed to give these 4 fault indications for a cylinder misfire, but he did not know why. He said that he could find no reason for the single misfire, but that he found and tightened a slightly loose air intake hose that could not possibly have caused the misfire. He told me that it would have been fine for me to make my interstate drive without coming to the dealership. I believe that the onboard computer programming that provided these 4 fault indications is defective for the following reasons. 1. A single cylinder misfire is unrelated to and has no effect upon the three systems pointed to by the fault indications (vehicle stability control, 4 wheel drive, cruise control) 2. A single cylinder misfire at startup is not an emergency situation requiring immediate service at a Toyota dealership with extraordinarily cautious driving enroute. 3. During the 1 hour drive to the dealership the cylinders of the vehicle fired successfully around 360,000 times, and the programming did not recognize this faultless operation and automatically clear the fault indicators.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 07/15/2012

While driving on the highway, my accelerator opened to full throttle. I had to depress the brake strongly for between 10 and 15 seconds until the accelerator clicked off. The cruise control was on, but it was not set. The pedal was well clear of the floor mat, and looking down during the incident I could see that it was clear of any objects. It was a terrifying event. Upon notifying a local Toyota dealership, they tested the vehicle and claimed they did not discover what the problem was.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 03/05/2012

Abrupt speed changes in normal speed and cruise control, radio and clock flashing occasionally, low tire pressure constantly, damage in air conditioning.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 15
Failure Date: 02/20/2012

I was crossing a parking lot and pulling out into a street. I stopped then pulled forward, so I could see if any cars were approaching. A car was approaching so I pressed the brakes, then the car surged forward. It felt like when the cruise control accelerates. Because a crash was imminent, I decided my best chance was to move my foot to the gas petal and speed up. I drove the car straight and then to the left. The other driver laid on his horn, slowed down and drove on. I purchased this car in early November 2011 from fred anderson Toyota. It appears to never have been wrecked. It had around 23,300 miles on it at time of purchase. That night of 02/21, I checked consumer reports online and found that there had been a recall on 2008 Toyota Rav4. The next morning, I removed the floor mat from the driver's side floor. It did not appear to have been moved before. There are 2 holes at the back of the mat and one of the holes had a black rubber hook device holding it to the floor. The other hole (back right side) did not have a hook. When I entered the VIN on the Toyota website, it showed a repair order for a car with 30,599 miles on 11/08/2012. My car still does not have that many miles. I don't think a repair has been done on my car. My notes show that I bought the car on 11/05/2011.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 16
Failure Date: 02/16/2012

A car pulled out of driveway and I touched the brake pedal and my engine increased acceleration when it should have slowed acceleration and I pushed my car into neutral and I pulled cruise control lever towards me and the engine slowed down-my car had been set to cruise at 52 mph. After the incident I shut the cruise control off as I was heading into town. I then pulled into big scoop(canton,IL business) parking lot going less than 5 mph-a lady walked in front of my car and I touched the brake and again I experienced unwanted acceleration and again I was quick in shoving car into neutral preventing a serious injury. I went home and called fort Toyota in pekin, IL and I took car in Feb, 17, 2012 at noon. They had their top mechanic check it out-he said he could find nothing wrong. They called Toyota's headquarters and they told them it was a floormat issue. They told me that and I told them it had nothing to do with the floormats but rather after touching the brake pedal is when I received unwanted acceleration in both incidents. They asked me several questions about that and they gave me Toyota's headquarters number and gave me a rental car to use. When I called their headquarters they said it was a floormat issue and that was their final statement on the matter. I told them it was a brake issue but they stuck to floormats as the cause and that is why I'm reporting this matter to you as I feel for the safety of all drivers; this issue needs to be resolved by any automaker with unwanted acceleration problems. A first step is to admit that they have the problem then good(safe) things will result. Thank you for hearing me out. It is appreciated very much,[xxx]. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 10/28/2011

10/28/11 while driving approx 25-30 mph without applying the gas, the car began to accelerate unexpectedly I was able to get the car off the road braking was very difficult when the car was placed in park rpm revved to 4. My husband looked under the hood and the throttle was out a little and when he touched the area it snapped back. 10/29/11 driving at a low speed, approx 35-40 mph car began to accelerate unintentionally. I was able to get the car off the road with much difficulty and the car was again revving when placed in park. I lifted the hood and touched the area of the throttle. After waiting a few minutes the car started normally and I drove home cautiously. Car taken to certified Toyota garage for repairs. The check engine light was lit when taken and service was unable to find a problem and lubricated car and returned to us. 11/1/11 occurrence #3, I drove the car on the expressway without any problems then driving at approx 35 mph while driving around a curve, I could feel car accelerating unintentionally again. Car was towed to dealership and service personal experienced car when started was revving without applying the gas. Service found scratches in the cover for the cruise control and felt this caused the throttle to stick. Hole was cut in the cover and car returned. 11/5/11 occurrence # 4, I was driving around a city circle at approx 25 mph the car again began to accelerate. I got off the road, car revved to a 5 when placed in park. Car towed to dealership on flat bed. Unintentional acceleration was experienced by the service department at the dealership again. Car left for repairs.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 08/28/2011

On Sunday, August 28, 2011 at approximately 12 in the afternoon, I was driving my family's 2009 Toyota Rav4 with my wife and infant son, eastbound on highway 44 between winner, sd and platte, sd. With the vehicle's cruise control set at the speed limit of 65 mph, I changed lanes and began to pass the truck ahead of our vehicle on this two-lane country road. Increasing the vehicle's speed to 70 mph to complete the pass of the other vehicle and return to the eastbound lane, the Toyota Rav4 unintentionally accelerated to speeds in excess of 85 mph. At the time of the sudden unintended acceleration, the pedal area was checked and confirmed to be clear of any obstructions, including the vehicle's driver-side floor mat. With the cruise control off and the brakes cautiously applied, the Toyota Rav4 would not slow down from its state of sudden unintended acceleration. It was determined that the only way to take back control of the vehicle was by completely pressing the brakes to the floor; however, the decrease in speed was gradual at best, and the engine continued to rev out of control. The vehicle's brakes were fully engaged in this way until the vehicle stalled out, partially onto the shoulder of the road at a speed just under 10 mph. Again at this time, the pedal area was checked and confirmed to be clear of any obstructions, including the vehicle's driver-side floor mat. Over the last two years, the vehicle has had three accelerator pedal recall repairs and one floor mat recall repair completed and is not reprogrammable for the brake override system that is being installed in the newest Toyota models. With no crash resulting from the Aug. 28 incident, the vehicle was rejected for an inspection or any further services. As this was a very scary and traumatic situation for my family, the Toyota Rav4 has not been operated under the same driving conditions since the incident.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 19
Failure Date: 05/09/2011

My 2008 Toyota Rav4 cruise control fails to hold speed during up hill climb and causes engine surges.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 20
Failure Date: 09/19/2010

Unintended acceleration. 1st incident: minor incident on a wed/thurs that I initially thought was just the brakes going soft and mentally thought to watch them to see if they might need replaced. 2nd more serious incident Sunday, 19sep10: cruise control on in a 55mph zone, tapped brake going into 45mph zone, used pedal until needing to brake for full stop at intersection. Started braking and engine started revving - hubby says tac reached 2500/3500 rpm. I was busy trying to stop the vehicle and figure out what was happening. Got vehicle stopped and managed to avoid accident. Engine recovered and returned to normal. Drove home, parked and took to Toyota next day. Dealer looked car over and ran diagnostics for 1. 5 wks - called in field rep who looked some more. I drove around for an hour with the master mechanic - couldn't get the vehicle to replicate. Same circumstances for both incidents. Dealer nor I could replicate in dealer's presence.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 21
Failure Date: 07/15/2010

Sudden acceleration 2009 Toyota Rav4. Pulling out of a hotel parking lot towards stop sign, very low speed, took foot off gas pedal and placed on brake pedal. Rpm's increased dramatically. Slammed gear to neutral, kept foot hard on brake pedal, shut off engine. Situation repeated once following day in similar scenario. Both events during first long road trip in car (over 500 miles driving before incident). Second incident - foot released gas pedal but resting on gas pedal - could sense gas pedal pulled down like when vehicle accelerating after resume when using cruise control. I never use cruise control.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 04/22/2010

On several occasions the cruise control did not disengage, either when the brakes were applied or the lever pulled. It has accelerated at least twice while approaching slowed traffic, ahead.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 02/24/2010

Have a 2004 Toyota Rav4. On occasion , when the cruise control is turned off by applying the brakes or to slow down. When resume is engaged on the cruise control the car will accelerate beyond the set speed . Have to turn cruise control off when this happens or the car would continue to speed up. Happens only occasionally, not all the time.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 24
Failure Date: 02/22/2010

My wife and I have both experienced unintended acceleration while our 2006 Toyota Rav4 was operating with cruise control engaged or while re-engaging cruise control after slowing for traffic. In each case, the vehicle accelerated well beyond the cruise control set point (typically 55 mph). This acceleration occurred on flat roads, no ice or water on the road. The engine was fully warmed up,and the vehicle has been serviced on a regular basis at prescribed intervals by our local Toyota dealer. This unintended acceleration has occurred 5 or 6 times over the life of the vehicle. The most recent occurrence was February 22, 2010 when I re-engaged the cruise control from a speed of 50 mph to the previous set point of 55 mph. The vehicle accelerated to 65 mph and was still gaining speed when I disengaged the cruise control. Fortunately, the vehicle responded to turning off the cruise control, the brakes functioned normally, and I was able to avoid hitting the vehicle ahead of me on the highway. This vehicle is not involved in any of the current Toyota recalls, and our local Toyota dealer does not take our reports of unintended acceleration seriously. Therefore, no action has been taken to correct the failure(s) and no parts have been replaced.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 25
Failure Date: 02/15/2010

I am the owner of a 2008 Rav4. I was traveling with cruise control at 50 mph as I approached a down grade toward a traffic light I manually took the car out of cruise control expecting to slow some. I realized that I needed to slow more and applied the brake pedal. However, I could feel the car fighting the brakes. I put the car into neutral and was able to stop for the lights. When I did this the engine was racing while stopped. When the light changed I put the racing engine into drive. I jerked forward and has been ok since. I reported this to the dealer. I was told that another owner of the same year and model reported a similar event that day. This is different than the runaway cars reported in the news, as the car did not accelerate to max speed. Toyota seems not to be responding to cars made before 2009. I think this is a computer problem where the cruise control did not turn off and the stepping on the brakes did not take it out of cruise control either. On Feb 19 I reported this to the Toyota dealer and was told that another person had reported this same type of thing that same day. They look for error codes but found none.

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