Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Surge of acceleration when brake pressed

asked by on

I am pretty nervous driving my 2012 Toyota RAV4 now because it randomly accelerated forwards the other day when I had my foot on the brake. I had just barely let off the gas and bam! the car jerked forward on its own. This car just passed 46,000 miles, I am really worried that the car is defective. I already checked the floor mat to make sure it wasn’t getting stuck in the pedal, so what else could cause this?

There is currently no approved safety recalls or Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) for the 2012 RAV4 that address this issue. In the past, there have been 2 recalls, NHTSA Campaign #11V113000 and NHTSA Campaign #10V017000, but these have not been approved for the 2012 year model as of this writing. The most likely reported problem is either a defective ECM or a defective pedal assembly, both of which can cause the vehicle to accelerate on its own in any gear. Most mechanics aren’t able to test either of these assemblies so it is suggested that you go to a Toyota dealership where they have the specialty tools to deal with this issue. I would have this addressed sooner rather than later, as acceleration problems are very dangerous, especially in traffic conditions such as you described.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Need to know what to do with these codes generated

All the generated codes will need further inspection from a mechanic. The P0300, P0301, and P0305 are all misfires in the engine and could also cause some of the additional codes. You will need to have a diagnostics done and...

Q: How do I reset the average fuel consumption?

The average fuel consumption feature tells you the fuel economy that you have averaged since the last reset. Resetting the feature is very easy: Press the display button on the lower left side of the instrument panel until the...

Q: My gas mileage has dropped to 22 mpg, what could be the cause?

When a vehicle gets poor fuel economy, it's typically due to an electrical sensor that is faulty, such as the oxygen sensors, the air fuel ratio sensor, dirty fuel injectors, or the throttle body being dirty. Driving habits can also...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...