Prius Brake Defects
There is growing concern about the calibration of the brake system in the 3rd-generation Prius. More and more owners are starting to report that they're unhappy with the braking performance of their Prius, some even going so far as to say t…
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Where Brakes Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- 2007 Camry abs and/or brake light on 28 (100%)
- 2007 Camry brake booster not functional 27 (96%)
- 2008 Highlander Hybrid ABS light is on 23 (82%)
- 2001 Sequoia vsc traction control engages for no reason 22 (79%)
- 2007 Camry rotors are warped 19 (68%)
- 2010 Corolla grinding sound from brakes 12 (43%)
- 2002 Camry abnormally long braking distance 12 (43%)
Defective master cylinders are being recalled in the 2018-2019 Tacoma to fix spongy brakes and longer stopping distances.
About 44,000 model year 2018-2019 Tacoma master cylinder seals are defective due to manufacturing problems with the supplier.The master cylinder takes force from the pedal and converts it into hydraulic pressure that can be distributed to the brakes. But it needs brake fluid to build that pressure.
No fluid, no pressure → no pressure, no brakes → no brakes, no fun.
This just in from the team at Toyota: sensors work much better when they're connected during manufacturing.
Toyota says federal safety standards require a vehicle to activate a warning light if there is a drop in the brake fluid level. However, the automaker says there is a possibility the wire harness that attaches to the brake fluid reservoir sensor was never connected during manufacturing.
In other news: the sun is hot, traffic is the worst, and I can't believe this actually went unchecked. There's no word on when the recall will begin.
Toyota is being skimpy on the details, but they did announce a parking brake recall for the 2016 and 2017 Prius.
Toyota is recalling about 340,000 Prius cars worldwide, including about 92,000 located in the U.S. The 2016-2017 Toyota Prius sedans have parking brakes that could fail, leading to a higher chance of rollaway incidents.Dealers will add some clips to the top of the brake cable dust boots to hold things in place. Owners should start getting notices in November 2016.
Some brand new Toyota and Lexus vehicles have left the factory with busted brake actuators.
Toyota says it's possible a component inside the actuator could have been damaged during manufacturing and could cause a loss of vehicle stability control.I sure wish they could have stopped this before leaving the factory. I mean, these cars are brand new! When will owners catch a brake? (sorry folks, bad puns are part of the deal)
Toyota says your local dealer will need to check the serial number of your brake actuator to see if it needs replacement. For a full list of affected vehicles, visit our site.