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2008 Toyota Yaris - JTDBT923X81- Norwalk, OH: August 29th, 2012
My 4 year old 2008 toyota yaris with approximately 57,000 miles started making a clunking/banging sound when i would travel over small bumps or brake slowly. I took the car to my mechanic who looked at it and told me that i should take it to the toyota dealer for repairs. He told me that a bolt holding the passenger lower suspension arm to the frame had corroded and sheared off. He said that if i continued driving it the entire passenger side suspension and wheel would likely break away from the car. He showed me a repair bulletin that toyota had produced detailing the problem and stated that they should take care of it because it was an obvious manufacturung defect and since failure of that bolt could lead to a catastrophic accident. I took my car to the dealership and they looked up the bulletin and showed me that this problem was only covered as part of the basic 3 year warranty. I would be responsible for paying for the repair myself. When i picked up my car from the dealership they handed me what was left of the bolt they replaced and the other bolt that held the control arm in place. Both bolts were badly corroded and had been replaced with new bolts that the service manager told me were a different part number and were corrossion resistant. Toyota obviously knows that this is a problem because they are using different parts than the cars were shipped with from the factory. The toyota service manager told me to keep my receipt because he expects this to be a recall issue and told me that i will be reimbursed when it is recalled. Please force toyota to recall these vehicles before someone loses the front end of their car and their life because of a poorly constructed $5 bolt.


2012 Toyota Sienna - 5TDYK3DC3CS- Seneca, SC: August 29th, 2012
Tl- the contact owns a 2012 toyota sienna. The contact stated while traveling 30 mph the head lights failed to fully illuminate the road. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 400. Rds


2006 Toyota Tacoma - 5TEMU52N06Z- Mount Prospect, IL: August 29th, 2012
The frame on my 2006 tacoma is totally rusted! The finish on my wheels is peeling off as well!!!! Total crap!!


2012 Toyota Tundra - 5TFRM5F17CX- Dacula, GA: August 28th, 2012
Tl- the contact owns a 2012 toyota tundra. The contact stated that the driver seat frame fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 7,000. Pmb


2010 Toyota Highlander - 5TDDK3EH8AS- Salem, OR: August 28th, 2012
Driving on i-5 monday am to work and due to the sun shining in my eyes put the visor down. Later when the sun went behind some clouds i put the visor back up and i heard noise from the visor that appeared to be like plastic rubbing together. When i let go of the visor it dropped straight down in my line of sight and would not stay up or even forward close to the window. Seems to be a dangerous problem as it is right in the line of sight and cannot be adjusted. I had to uninstall the visor and now i don't have any sunlight protection. The visor worked fine up to this point. No indication of a problem. Have never replaced a visor before this.


2008 Toyota Prius - JTDKB2OU483- Nashville, TN: August 27th, 2012
Around 4:30pm on saturday afternoon, we opened the car door to run some errands and were startled by a piercing noise. The dashboard was lighting up (abs & vsc) and although the car started, the dashboard remained lit and the beeping continued. When driving the car to the dealership, the brakes did not brake fully. After a $58 diagnostic test, we were told that acc pressure sensor needed to be cleared and if we returned with the same problem, we may need to replace a "brake actuator part" (cost = $2,560). Before this incident, on saturday afternoon, we drove the car on the interstate for about 150 miles. For the last 15 minutes of our trip, we were driving through heavy rains on the interstate and on side roads. We did not experience any problems when driving the car in the rain, but are wondering whether or not the water affected the brakes.


2002 Toyota Camry - 4T1BE30KX2U- Nashua, NH: August 27th, 2012
Car was parked on flat road, then started. Brake pedal was pressed and car was put into drive. When brake pedal was released, car was propelled in reverse. After double and triple checking that car was actually in forward gear (via indicator on dash). The car continued to go backwards. After shifting the car into park, (shutting engine off) and retrying identical sequence of events, car behaved normally, moving in forward direction. Fortunately, car had been parked parallel to curb with no cars around it, and the problem was fealized before the accelerator was pressed, so no accident, injury or damage occurred. In any other scenario, damage or injury may have resulted.


2011 Toyota Corolla - JTDBU4EE0B9- San Diego, CA: August 27th, 2012
Rear seat belts must crossover each other to buckle. This involves the rear seat behind the driver and the middle rear seat. Toyota will not repair, or admit it is a defect. Also local dealership refuses to submit a complaint to corporate offices.


2008 Toyota Tundra - 5TBBT54148S- Springvalley, NY: August 27th, 2012
Tl- the contact owns a 2008 toyota tundra. The contact stated that while traveling 25 to 30 mph a growling sound emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure might be caused by a defective rear axle or differential. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 42,396 and the current mileage was 74,000. Pmb


2012 Toyota Prius - JTDKN3DP7C3- Rolling Hills Estates, CA: August 25th, 2012
Hybrid engine suddenly shut down without warning while vehicle was traveling 65 mph on a busy freeway, causing vehicle to come an unsafe stop. Depressing accelerator had no effect. Onboard computer gave error message "check hybrid system. Stop the vehicle in a safe place. " restarting vehicle produced the same error message and still unable to shift vehicle into drive or reverse. Fuel tank full at time of incident. Vehicle purchased new 5 months prior from toyota dealership. No aftermarket parts or modifications present. ## vin passed ## toyota plugin prius 2012 ##


2012 Toyota Rav4 - JTMDK4DV3CD- Lyons, CO: August 24th, 2012
My 2012 has done this virtually from day 1. When braking, there is a sudden acceleration for 1/4 to 1/2 second at the time the transmission downshifts. I also notice it while driving at high speeds and braking. It is more dangerous at slower speeds especially when braking at a light with someone in front of you. It feels like you are pressing both the brake and accelerator at the same time. It does not do this all the time. Maybe once or twice a day. I think it has to do with how hard you brake and what speed you are going. It is most noticeable just before you come to a stop. It always happens just as the transmission automatically downshifts and most noticeable when it downshifts to second or first. I notice it when braking say from 65 to 55 mph as well, but the sudden acceleration at that speed has no or minimal affect and is not that noticeable.


2007 Toyota Rav4 - JTMBK33V076- Leonardtown, MD: August 24th, 2012
Tl-the contact owns a 2007 toyota rav4. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, there was smoke and a burning smell coming from the driver side electrical panel. The vehicle was pulled into a tire shop and the fire was extinguished. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer who advised that they would need to replace the control panel because all of the wires were melted. The manufacturer was notified who sent out a representative to inspect the failure, advising the contact that they would respond within thirty days. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000. Kmj  


2004 Toyota Tundra - 5TBBT44154S- New Hampton, NH: August 24th, 2012
During the course of routine service at independent garage mechanic pointed out three major components with severe corrosion issues that need to be addressed immediately: 1) frame severely rotted by rust, a perforation was identified on front driver's side 2) rear axle body severely corroded by rust, not leaking yet but likely will soon 3) power steering rack severely rotted by rust on passenger side, not leaking yet but likely will soon, described by mechanic as "tender" failure of any of these items could cause an accident leading to serious injury.


2007 Toyota Rav4 - JTMBD35V075- Elma, NY: August 23rd, 2012
Tl- the contact owns a 2007 toyota rav-4. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle lost power and the motor became inoperable without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was that the motor oil was abnormally low and damaged the engine. The engine was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and who stated that the vehicle was not under any warranty and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 99,000. Kmj


2006 Toyota Tacoma - 5TEUX42N66Z- Swanzey, NH: August 21st, 2012
We own a 2006 toyota tacoma that was taken to a garage for a state inspection and was pointed out to us that the vehicle has extensive frame rust with area of significant rust flaking off. It was also noted that there was a small rust through in one area. We took this vehicle to the dealer where we purchased it. They took pictures of the vehicle to forward to toyota for them to evaluate the situation. It was noted that the technician exclaimed that the vehicle had this much rust for such a low mileage vehicle (29,407 miles). Toyota replied to the inquiry and stated that it was not a safety issue and they would not act on it. Looking at the underside of the vehicle and comparing with other earlier tacomas that had been recalled for frame rust, i fail to see where this vehicle should not be considered having a major rust problem. I'm concerned that there will be further degradation and possible lead to the vehicle being unsafe. Pictures and copy of work order available upon request.


2007 Toyota Corolla - 1NXBR32E4Z2- Elmhurst, IL: August 21st, 2012
Fuel tank protector band on the sub assembly rusted and broke off -. The 2 remaining bolts held. If it would have completely fallen off the car behind us could have hit it and we would not be aware that the assembly to protect the fuel tank was missing.


2001 Toyota Tacoma - 5TEVL52N01Z- North Hills, CA: August 21st, 2012
The contact owns a 2001 toyota tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the front driver side tire became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The tow truck driver informed the contact of nhtsa campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 166,836.


2007 Toyota Rav4 - JTMBD32VX76- Vienna, VA: August 20th, 2012
Vehicle was recalled by toyota to have accelerator pedal modified and floor mats changed in order to avoid inadvertent acceleration. Floor mat change applied only to original toyota supplied floor mats, which above vehicle has, at least according to accessory window sticker supplied at purchase. When vehicle was taken to ourisman toyota for compliance, dealer marked on customer yellow form that mats were not original toyota and that they would not be changed. However dealer stated verbally that mats actually were original toyota, but that customers were not happy with new mats since they were too thin. Therefore dealer decided to comply with safety directive by marking all original mats as non-original mats, which did not have to be changed. Nice to know that the dealer is customer oriented, but i am left wondering if that jeopardizes safety. Incident was reported to toyota on the safety email address listed on their web site, but no reply received.


2005 Toyota 4runner - JTEBT14R958- Denver, CO: August 20th, 2012
The master brake cylinder completely failed thus rendering the brakes completely inoperable. To stop the vehicle, the car was placed in p and shut down. It was towed to the dealer for inspection. This car had been serviced per the manufactures schedule since it was purchased in 2005. For almost two years, we had heard an oscillating sound from the engine compartment. The local dealer was made aware of this, but unable to diagnose the problem. The last visit was 4 months ago at which time they did not find a problem, but the sound continued. Highly dangerous situation. Luckily there was not an accident.


2006 Toyota Tacoma - 3TMKU72N86M- West Hills , CA: August 20th, 2012
The contact owns a 2006 toyota tacoma. The contact stated that the center console could not be opened. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they would have to replace the console. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 87,731.