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#1570 of 2127 Consumer Reports should retract RAV4 Recommendation
Sep 26, 2004 (5:47 am)
Please email Consumer Union (Consumer Reports) to retract their recent recommendation (Oct 2004 issue) of the 2004 Toyota RAV4.
After checking the IIHS, I unfortunately learned that the Toyota fared poorly in IIHS side-impact tests, furthermore, the driver and passenger suffered significant inquiry. Even more disturbing is after visiting several Toyota dealerships with anticipation of purchasing this vehicle with side airbag protection, the option could not be found. The majority of RAVs are only available with just front and side airbags...Toyota should make them standard. I "GET THE FEELING" Toyota is more concerned with profits and the safety it claims.
This problem was VERY disappointing and definitely questions the credibility of Consumer Union.
Sep 26, 2004 (3:54 pm)
What do you mean when you write that the majority of RAV4s are "only available with just front and side airbags." What other kind of airbag should they have?
Maybe more of the 2005 RAV4s will have the side airbag option installed--I read that the new model year begins in October. If you refuse to buy the models that lack side airbags, Toyota will get the picture. Admittedly, it's hard to find a vehicle that's reliable and safe and affordable.
#1572 of 2127 Re: Revit [catherine9]
Sep 26, 2004 (5:28 pm)
Try to find a new RAV4 at a dealership and it is very unlikely; Consumer Reports needs to retract the recommendation as the vehicle is very unsafe for the majority of them on the road.
This is not just with the RAV4, but the case for any Toyota model where the side airbags are optional.
The crash tests on the 2004 Toyota RAV4 are POOR.
#1574 of 2127 Re: Revit [revit]
Oct 01, 2004 (6:05 pm)
Anyone have any updates on when Consumer Reports plans on retracting the inaccurate safety review on the Toyota RAV4?
Oct 02, 2004 (8:01 pm)
Yup, heres the update... what did they tell you when you contacted them?
#1576 of 2127 Re: Revit [chipchipowski]
Oct 03, 2004 (4:13 am)
You seemed to have left off something from your message...did Consumers Union actually respond to your email?
Just like their reviews, their communications is poor.
Hard to believe they claim the Toyota RAV4 too be so safe when it did so poor in the crash test.
OVERALL SIDE EVALUATION: POOR
#1577 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [wsommariva]
Oct 03, 2004 (7:28 am)
I am very happy with my Rav4. My problem is not the back bumper but just recently got sideswiped and now have a deep scratch on the raised panel on the driver's door. It looks like this panel just pops off. Would it be possible to fix this oneself? Anyone have any experience with this or know the facts?
#1578 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [irishrose]
Oct 05, 2004 (8:29 am)
I would think it's either glued or attached by something that punctures the door. You can try to remove the door panel and see if you see attachments and go from there.
#1579 of 2127 Re: RAV4 Back Bumper [wsommariva]
Oct 07, 2004 (4:09 pm)
Watch out for air bag sensors and wiring if you have side airbags. Very dangerous if they are triggered and you are in the way.