A shining example of tranquil motoring, the Avalon can easily pass for a luxury car. Its cabin is vast and quiet. It also has a slick and muscular powertrain, with a six-speed automatic transmission. Despite the abundant horsepower, the Avalon gets very good fuel economy, but handling is uninspiring.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Avalon will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota Avalon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Exterior light above trunk does not light when braking resulting in inspection failure EVERY time. Must have it fixed again and again resulting in down time again and yet again."

Patricia D., NY (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace a daylight running light"

Earlene H., CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Hi mount stoplight failed. Costs almost $400 to replace LED unit"

William E., WI (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driving lights failed; dealer recommended replacing entire electrical harness. Another shop replaced bulbs and problem solved."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

"The front passenger side airbag "Off" warning light comes on intermittently when no one is in the seat, or when a light weight (groceries, shopping bags) is placed on the seat."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Head light went out. Replaced it. Ok now!"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"High beams failed and cost to repair was over $2000"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlight had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At times the lights will work. At other times the lights will not work. (It seems there may be a short somewhere.)"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"HID headlights, until they get hot, they go off at random while driving, power-cycle makes them work again. It can take 3-4 power cycles before they remain on. Very bad connector design."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights are aimed low and cannot be adjusted to provider grater visiblity at night. They only illuminate about 25 yards in front of car."

Anonymous, WY (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlights are expensive to replace. Dealership did not aim new light correctly"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"High beam failed. Dealer recommended replacing entire electrical harness. Another shop replaced headlamp unit, problem resolved."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Safety driving lights and high beam headlights failed"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There was a recall on headlights which was great because the cost is high to replace (I don't have the cost)"

Kenneth A., TX (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bulb exploded. Mileage was beyond extended warranty, but conference with customer relations led them to cover the entire $ 2600 repair. I was very happy"

William E., WI (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlight out. 280.00 to replace. Complained to Toyota. They repaired it at no cost"

Joan M., MA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"High beams went out"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"High beams went out. Computer controls them and is defective. Over $1,000/light to replace each computer. Did not replace because of cost. Will have to replace high beam bulbs more often at $80 each"

Ronald M., CA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Highbeams stopped working"

Irene R., TN (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Hi-beams stopped working. Toyota had an extended warranty on the problem and repaired it under warranty"

David L., FL (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Just had to replace the right front headlight and now left front headlight has stopped working. Light goes on & off. Bulb bad, I doubt. More likely electrical. Did not use Toyota bulb to repair as it cost much more than off brand"

Julia S., MO (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"THEY FAIL ON AVERAGE OF SIX MONTHS"

Joyce V., NJ (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Headlight had to be replaced - it was very expensive, as did one of the directional light bulbs. In fifty years of driving, I'd never had such an expense or need to replace a lamp"

C M., NY (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"high beams were recalled but i was one month out of extended warranty time frame - they melted in their sockets - the entire headlight unit needed to be replaced on both sided at a cost of over $1.000"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Headlight bulbs both failed at the same time, then one of the replacements failed in just two months. They are fairly expensive, and not easily installed"

Robert M., CA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"high beam lights exploded"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure sensors seem to wear out rather quickly"

Kent S., NE (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Got an icon on my dash board that indicated that tire pressure was low. Had a screw in one tire and had that fixed. Got the indicator again and all tires were 45 pounds of pressure. Even checked the spare: it was 40 pounds. Had the indicator turned off. I was told that since my car was 2009 I may need to have the sensors replaced as they typically don't last more than 7 or 8 years"

Earlene H., CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Low inflation warning light came on and has stayed on, but all tire pressures were and are OK/same as before warning light malfunction."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Alloy wheels corroded resulting in difficulty getting tires to seal. Tire pressure monitor system go off repeatedly"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Won't turn off"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Problem happened 2 years ago when rear windshield brake light stopped working. Cost $400 to fix because any light repair requires dis assembly of major part of car"

Julia S., MO (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Does not run is a consistent manner. Will speed up \slow down for no reason"

Kent S., NE (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Told when in for an oil change that would have to be replaced, both sides. Found out from a local mechanic that they couldn’t do the work because the engine needs to be removed to do the work. Dealer estimate $1700+. This is the second time the front end needed work."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer discovered sealed lube fitting leaking in front end"

Ray C., VA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Luckily had purchased extended warranty when purchasing this car used. Steering cylinders leaked and Toyota dealership where we bought it said it could not be repaired without replacing rack and pinion. Very expensive repair but extended warranty paid for it."

Erik N., TX (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber hose attached to fluid reservoir developed leak."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have the power steering rack replaced=$879 repair Car was brought to dealership for oil change Been a garage queen"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"hose and fitting crushed from hitting bump according to mechanic."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaky hose bad Steering rack and pinion"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Needed to be replaced. That was not the problem. Problem was that it took one month to get the remanufactured strut"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"the power steering fluid leaked from the seals and deteriorated the rubber boot. that is how we found the problem before it became a safety issue when driving. I understand that this is from normal wear and tear"

Stansel H., AR (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rack & Pinion system was leaking fluid. It was discovered during a routine oil change by the service shop"

Richard M., ID (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking steering rack. Replace under extended warranty. No out of pocket cost"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota claimed the left cv axel was leaking=$835 repair Car was brought to dealership for an oil change Been a garage queen!!"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Boots on steering rack failed. Ingested dirt and water required rack replacement."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Lock on steering wheel does not hold."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"I did not notice a problem. It was found in routine maintenance"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"do not know"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The seals have dried and leak so it needs replacement"

Rod R., ND (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of sealed rack and pinion steering unit"

David Z., KY (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replacerack and pinion"

Edward S., TX (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The CD player would not load, eject, or play. Error 3 came up on display."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen failed and could not control the temp or radio. Cost to repair was $900"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Have to plug into plug for mp3 listening. Plug-in has broken so cannot listen to mp3's, etc., from smartphone."

Harvey H., VA (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I have complained to Toyota about my navigation system locking up and having to stop the vehicle, turn it off and restart the vehicle before the navigation system would work again. This has happened many times but Toyota refused to acknowledge there is a problem. Even though there is a record of the problems in the computer"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The select button is very small and has to be pushed dead center to make the needed selection. More often than not, arrow moves to another selection and at times it remains on the needed selection but will not activate it. Only frustration I have with this most reliable vehicle"

Philip C., NC (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"In dash Navigation system completely quit working right after warranty expired."

Anonymous, WY (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Joy stick does not work prolbably. E.g, if you want to select b it jumps to k or all over. It takes forever to key in information. Was replaced once now the replacement is doing same thing. Is's a defeck"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Navigation system has a separate console used for setting address. The buttons to press were not permitting me to enter the desired digits in the address. Had to replace entire console for a cost of almost $1,200. System is cumbersome to muse vs. a t"

Richard E., NC (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The selection knob for selecting input letters became unstable and hard to work. When pressing the select function the knob could not be pushed straight down and kept moving off center"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Radio will not scan for stations when between towns. This is still the case. I haven’t pursued it, but intend to do so soon."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Constant static on radio. Cannot be resolved after multiple trips to dealer. No static on CD. Lived in same area my entire life and never had a car where I didn't get clear reception on radio. Ridiculous"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control broke"

Tom N., KY (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The steering wheel goes in and out and the brake lever was not holding firmly. Once in a while the steering would go in toward the dash unexpectedly and had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Steering wheel commands to change between FM1, FM2, AM, CD, etc. get stuck and do not continue. So, it gets stuck on AM, and won't let me go on to next listening choice. Also unresolvable by dealership after multiple trips"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Brake pedal switch failure"

David Z., KY (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"The caliper (rotor) were warped and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NV (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Leakage"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsation in front wheels may simply be due to normal wear of rotors. This will be checked out soon by a mechanic."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"This was the same problem as the warped rotors."

Anonymous, NV (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Occasional complete brake failure"

Dan H., TX (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors wear out / warp too soon with the symptom being jerking as you apply the brakes"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Had normal brake wear and tear. Due to hearing loss, was unable to recognize signs of worn brakes leading to damaged rotors. Replaced brakes and rotors. All good."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rates would chatter when trying to stop at high speeds."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"increasing vibration on front brake from well before warranty expiry. Dealer refused to repair under warranty. Repaired now at my cost"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"External chrome stip along backseat window. won't stay in place. Rear spoiler is not and has never been fastened down. This even after three attempts to get the dealer to correct the problem. The spoiler is fastened by glue. Why you would fasten down a spoiler with glue is beyond me."

Anonymous, WV (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The dash on the passenger side cracked due to heat."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Interior ceiling/roof material came loose and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Fading Paint On Roof"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Bumper has extensive streaks of paint missing"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Avalon 3.5-L V6)

"Areas on roof, hood,deck lid where paint came off. Had to have all areas effected repainted"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"Love this car. Rides well. Very comfortable and dependable. Paint, though is way too easy to show normal wear and tear, not overuse or abuse. Chips and scratches so much. Other Avalons, especially of same cypress, seem to show excessive wear"

Anne G., NC (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"The trim n drivrrs side door is rusting"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Failed"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Fan doesn't run, or runs more slowly than selected speed. Intermittent. Makes for a hot/cold car when fan doesn't work."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"My a/c unit is leaking coolant from the condenser unit"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Had to remove the dash board to repair it."

Gilbert G., FL (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Dealer has not been able to resolve slow leaks. Started adding refrigerant myself when necessary, about every 2 months."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Air conditioner duct not installed at factory. Repair soon after I bought the car has left me with rattles in the dash. Dealer not able to localize"

William E., WI (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"2 windows make a popping noise in Summer. Rattle in dash in winter"

Galen C., TX (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

"random rattle front pillar"

Walter S., OH (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise seems to be inimical to Avalon sedans which may or not be partly due to having a Moon Roof as part of the vehicle."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Ever since the auto dealer addressed the issue of brake override in 2011 they did something when they reprogrammed the computer that caused the engine to knock and ping. They said everything was normal, but the engine did not knock before that. Toyota America did nothing"

Louis S., GA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"I have a knocking/clicking noise from my engine and the Toyota dealers I have taken it to (there have been 2) say there is no noise....wrong I hear it all the time. Toyota refused to acknowledge there is a problem so they do not have to fix it or even admit there is a problem with Avalons so no recall will be done"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Began in 1/1911, Toyota claimed it was "normal." I know it's not having driven other cars. Tried to "buy me off" with a Platinum warranty. Still annoying"

Louis S., GA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Valve rattle. Sounds like hydraulic lifter leaking down when not being used and rattling when cranked for about 10 miles"

E H., NC (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"$800 repair to get it fixed"

Robert T., TX (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Stability control and emission control system needed service"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Avalon XL 3.5-L V6)

"02 sensor defective. had to be replaced at around 94,000 miles"

Ronald M., CA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Live on gravel roads and dust get in the venting system so that the tank can not equalize pressure. $900 fix to repair evap and run hose to front of the car for clean air"

John P., MN (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Oil leak from somewhere. Replaced power steering pump - did not fix problem, replaced timing change cover, did not fix problem. Car is still leaking oil as of now"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine oil pump failed and cause rattling noise from engine, maybe timing chain too slack. Oil pump checked zero pressure. Oil light came on & then off depending on engine RPM"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"At about 160000 miles I felt some vibration in steering wheel when accelerating at some speeds. Took car in for check. Was right drive axle bad. Replaced. 5000 miles later had to replace left drive axle. All good now."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Axle boots failed. Ingested dirt and water caused CV joints to fail, requiring axle replacement."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"Passenger Side Front Window Fell Out"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Dealer discovered leaking water pump when car taken in pro other service. Replaced water pump, thermostat and coolant"

Ray C., VA (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The dealership recommended replacing the Catalytic converter. Later a very skilled machinic indicated that he really doubted the Catalytic converter needed replacing based upon his experience with our model and age of the car."

Holmes B., WA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Quite charging. Replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Slipping between 4and 5 gear before engine warms up"

Jerry H., VA (2009 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

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Recalls
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SEATS
Jun 02, 2016
If damaged, the copper strand heating element may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2005-2011 4Runner, Highlander, Sequoia, and Sienna, 2005-2010 Avalon and Tundra, 2006-2008 Camry Solara, 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid, 2006-2011 Rav4 and Tacoma, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2007-2011 Camry hybrid, 2009-2010 Venza, 2010-2012 Prius, 1988-1990 and 2005-2010 Camry, and 1989 and 2009-2010 Corolla vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters with a copper strand heating element. The electrical wiring in the seat heaters may be damaged when the seat cushion is compressed.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the seat heaters, free of charge, and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET number for this recall is SET16B.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V396000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7749
SEATS
Nov 19, 2014
Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Prius and Corolla, 2009-2011 Venza, 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2005-2011 Sienna and Sequoia, 2006-2011 Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 Rav4 and 4Runner. The affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. The recall is expected to began in January 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V743000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3233
AIR BAGS, SEATS
Jan 16, 2013
If the front passenger seat occupant sensing system is out of calibration, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain models interspersed through model years 2009 through 2013 as follows: model year 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and RAV4; model year 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser, and Highlander Hybrid; model year 2010-2013 model year Corolla, Sienna and Tundra; model year 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza; model year 2012 Prius V; and model year 2010-2012 Sequoia. During modification by SET to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or headrest DVD systems, these vehicles may not have had the passenger seat occupant sensing system calibration tested. Without passing the calibration test, the occupant sensing system may not operate as designed.
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. The recall began on March 21, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3235
EQUIPMENT
Feb 03, 2010
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V036000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 153418
EQUIPMENT
Feb 03, 2010
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2010 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. DEALERS WILL ALSO CORRECT THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATES TOYOTA AT 713-580-3300.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V035000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 271417
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Jan 21, 2010
THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY BECOME HARD TO DEPRESS, SLOW TO RETURN TO IDLE, OR, IN THE WORST CASE, MECHANICALLY STUCK IN A PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2010 AVALON, MODEL YEAR 2007-2010 CAMRY, MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 COROLLA, COROLLA MATRIX, RAV4, MODEL YEAR 2010 HIGHLANDER, MODEL YEAR 2008-2010 SEQUOIA, AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2010 TUNDRA VEHICLES. DUE TO THE MANNER IN WHICH THE FRICTION LEVER INTERACTS WITH THE SLIDING SURFACE OF THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL INSIDE THE PEDAL SENSOR ASSEMBLY, THE SLIDING SURFACE OF THE LEVER MAY BECOME SMOOTH DURING VEHICLE OPERATION. IN THIS CONDITION, IF CONDENSATION OCCURS ON THE SURFACE, AS MAY OCCUR FROM HEATER OPERATION (WITHOUT A/C) WHEN THE PEDAL ASSEMBLY IS COLD, THE FRICTION WHEN THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL IS OPERATED MAY INCREASE, WHICH MAY RESULT IN THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL BECOMING HARDER TO DEPRESS, SLOWER TO RETURN, OR, IN THE WORST CASE, MECHANICALLY STUCK IN A PARTIALLY DEPRESSED POSITION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REINFORCEMENT BAR IN THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WHICH WILL ALLOW THE PEDAL TO OPERATE SMOOTHLY. GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS FOR THE PONTIAC VIBE PLEASE SEE 10V-018. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 5, 2010 AND WILL BE COMPLETED ON MARCH 15, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA SAFETY RECALL NO. AOA. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V017000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2230661
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Oct 05, 2009
A STUCK OPEN ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY RESULT IN VERY HIGH VEHICLE SPEEDS AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO STOP THE VEHICLE, WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL CAN GET STUCK IN THE WIDE OPEN POSITION DUE TO ITS BEING TRAPPED BY AN UNSECURED OR INCOMPATIBLE DRIVER'S FLOOR MAT.
What should you do:
TOYOTA FILED AN AMENDED DEFECT REPORT ON NOVEMBER 25, 2009, STATING THAT DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND, ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, ALTER THE SHAPE OF THE FLOOR SURFACE UNDER THE PEDAL. THESE CHANGES ADDRESS THE RISK OF PEDAL ENTRAPMENT DUE TO INTERFERENCE WITH THE FLOOR MAT. REDESIGNED ACCELERATOR PEDALS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE BEGINNING IN APRIL 2010 AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY MODIFIED PEDAL WITH THE NEW PEDAL IF DESIRED. ALSO, DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY GENUINE TOYOTA OR LEXUS ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS WITH REDESIGNED ALL-WEATHER MATS, OR REPURCHASE THE PREVIOUS MATS FROM OWNERS WHO DO NOT WANT THE NEW ONES. ADDITIONALLY, SOFTWARE MODIFICATIONS WILL BE INSTALLED ON CAMRY, AVALON AND LEXUS ES 350, IS 350 AND IS 250 MODELS THAT WILL ENSURE THAT THE BRAKE OVERRIDES THE ACCELERATOR IN THE EVENT BOTH BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS ARE APPLIED. TOYOTA WILL BEGIN MAILING LETTERS TO OWNERS ON DECEMBER 31, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331, LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
For more information:
TOYOTA RECALL NO. 90L/90LG.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V388000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4445056
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