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2019 Toyota RAV4 Engine Problems: Owners Raise Concerns in Recent NHTSA Complaints

Posted by Howard Gutman | Aug 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

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Recent NHTSA complaints have shed light on engine problems faced by owners of 2019 Toyota RAV4 vehicles. These issues have prompted concerns over safety, reliability, and significant repair costs. This article delves into the details of these complaints, their impact, and the steps you can take if you're experiencing similar challenges.

NHTSA Complaints and Average Mileage

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gathers data on vehicle safety, including complaints from owners. For 2019 Toyota RAV4 models, the reported engine problems have been given an average severity rating of 7.6 out of 10, indicating a concerning level of severity. These complaints have been logged at an average mileage of 6,304 miles.

Diverse Complaint Categories

The NHTSA complaints are spread across various categories, making it challenging to easily identify and comprehend the specific issues. This lack of organization complicates understanding the scope and nature of the problems reported.

Coolant Bypass Valve Failure and Overheating Risks

Several owners have reported a recurring problem related to the coolant bypass valve. This failure has the potential to cause engine overheating or even complete seizure.

The symptoms include a persistent “Engine Maintenance Required” message displayed on the dashboard, which cannot be cleared away.

Widespread Issue and Lack of Recall

Numerous owners have expressed frustration over the recurring coolant bypass valve issue. This defect, which can result in significant overheating risks, has been acknowledged by Toyota representatives as a known problem for model year 2019.

Despite the prevalence of this issue and the high number of repairs, Toyota has not issued a recall or Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) to address it.

Repair Costs and Owner Discontent

Owners have shared their experiences of facing repair bills ranging from $500 to $1000 due to the coolant bypass valve failure. The costs are particularly burdensome given that many of these vehicles are relatively new.

Despite the widespread nature of the problem and the associated safety concerns, owners have expressed discontent over the lack of action taken by Toyota.

Legal Implications and Seeking Compensation

If you're an owner of a 2019 Toyota RAV4 and you've encountered coolant bypass valve problems or other engine-related issues, it's crucial to understand your rights.

You may be entitled to compensation for repair costs, potential safety risks, and inconvenience caused by these problems.

Consider potential claims, such as:

  • Breach of Implied Warranty Claim: Your vehicle should meet certain expectations of quality and performance, and if it doesn't, you may have a case under this claim.
  • Deceptive Practices Claim: Misleading or deceptive actions by the manufacturer or dealer could entitle you to compensation under deceptive practices laws.
  • Magnuson-Moss Claim: Federal law safeguards consumers who purchase products with warranties, ensuring fairness and remedies for defects.
  • Breach of Express Warranty Claim: Manufacturers must uphold the promises made in their warranties. If they fail to do so, you may have grounds for this claim.
  • Lemon Law Claim: If your vehicle has significant defects that impair its use, safety, or value, lemon laws may provide relief.

For a free consultation and legal advice tailored to your situation, contact the expert attorneys at Law Office of Howard Gutman today. Our team is dedicated to helping you understand your options and pursuing the compensation you deserve. Call (973) 598-1980 now.


The recent NHTSA complaints regarding engine problems in 2019 Toyota RAV4 vehicles raise important concerns about safety, reliability, and the responsibilities of vehicle manufacturers.

If you're experiencing similar issues, seeking legal guidance can provide you with a path to understanding your rights and taking appropriate action. Don't hesitate to reach out to Law Office of Howard Gutman for a free consultation to discuss your situation and explore potential avenues for compensation.

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