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Toyota Prius, Brakes, Hatchback, Sedan
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#108 of 370 DEFINITE BRAKE FAILURE !!!!
Feb 03, 2010 (5:08 pm)
We purchased a 2006 Prius and on multiple occasions, my wife infomed me of a braking problem. When she would come to a stop, the brakes would not work…and she would end up in the middle of the intersection. This started happening once a month. I would test drive the vehicle, and nothing would happen, for me. Until one day I was driving with the wife and two small children in the car. I was approaching an intersection and the brakes would not work. I ended up rear-ending a truck who was parked at the intersection, causing apprx. $1,500 in damages to our Prius. Luckily, the truck stopped me from getting T-Boned in the intersection.
I immediately drove the car straight to the Toyota dealarship in North Arlington, TX and left it there. They ended up driving it for minutes and could not get the brakes to fail. I had informed them that they would need to drive it for a month (since it happened once per month). They ended up sending me packing, with a $1,000 rental car bill as well as a damaged Prius that they claimed no responsibility for.
TRUST ME……THEY HAVE A BRAKE FAILURE PROBLEM.
Somebody needs to check how many people have perished from driving into intersections because their brakes have failed.
I almost lost my wife and kids on multiple occasions, because of their faulty brakes.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
And yes, I immediately traded the car in on a new car that was not a Toyota.
#109 of 370 Had the same problem with a 2005 Camry!
Feb 03, 2010 (6:22 pm)
OK, this is weird, because I had the SAME EXACT problem with a 2005 Camry. I brought it to the dealer twice, and they insisted that the brakes "conformed to standards," and was never able to get any satisfaction. Amazed to hear these latest complaints.
#110 of 370 2010 Prius brake problem
Feb 03, 2010 (6:24 pm)
I have also experienced on quite a number of occasions that when I tried to brake the car surged forward. I brought the car into the Toyota dealer and they said they could not replicate the problem and they said they have never heard of the problem. They were obviously lying. I am glad that the problem is being looked into now. I have a feeling that Toyota is aware of the problem, but is trying to stonewall. Terrible experience and I will have serious reservation of buying another Toyota.
#111 of 370 2008 Prius brake problems
Feb 03, 2010 (6:39 pm)
Like many others on here I thought that I was crazy. At least a dozen or more times I have tried to apply the brakes while driving on a rough surface with absolutely no brakes. Several times it has occured when approaching an intersection and there are indentations on the road that maybe trucks or heavy traffic have made. There is no indication of the ABS being applied and the pedal is still firm but the brakes just don't work. Once you are past the rough areas the brakes kick in.
#112 of 370 2010 Prius brakes OVER reacting - Dallas, TX
Feb 03, 2010 (8:07 pm)
I've had 3 occurances of my brakes reacting excessively to the point of being scary. The brakes are designed to automatically increase when you step hard on the pedal, but I have been in traffic situations where I needed to just tap the brakes after merging into highway traffic. Instead of a tap result, the automatic function has taken over and slamed the brakes hard. This has created a serious risk of having the car behind slam into my rear. So far I have not had an accident and I have learned to be REALLY careful about touching the brakes, but I have no doubt there is something wrong. I have an appointment with the dealer to have it checked.
#113 of 370 Re: Had the same problem with a 2005 Camry! [alan94]
Feb 03, 2010 (8:14 pm)
Believe or not. It happened to my Lexus 07 GS350 AWD as well.
One time to my wife last year when the road was covered with 3 inches of wet snow.
Going home from work she told me every time when she tried to brake and make the right turn, the car wouldn't slow down and she missed the turn. She missed a couple
turns. Luckily there wasn't any body on a snowy road.
And I thought her driving skill in the winter wasn't that good. She does not drive in
snow storm often.
Happened to me twice this winter and I thought the tires don't have enough tread depth.
On each occasion, the road was covered with 1/2 inch wet snow and on a slight slope.
The car just wouldn't stop when I applied the brakes.
I posted this problem on Lexus GS350 board more than ago,
Feb 03, 2010 (8:26 pm)
I cannot speak for those with 2010 Prius. My 07 Prius has 62K on the odometer now, and no brake failure. I do notice the weird movement(slips?) when I brake going over a pothole, but only momentarily about a second or less. The stability control light lighted up for about a second while this is happening. I take this as a normal function of the car and nothing more. This has never caused I or my wife to get into any accident. Let's not get paranoid and blame Toyota for everything that happens. I know for a fact that Toyota/Honda/Subaru/Nissan/Mazda cars that I have owned have been very reliable, especially Toyota and Honda. I would take these cars over the 4 POS American cars I have owned in the past.
Sometimes accidents happens due to circumstances beyond our control, poor driver skills or judgment. Those of you that are truly unhappy about your Toyota, trade it in for a GM or Ford. Both these companies are offering $1000 extra rebate for a Toyota trade.
#115 of 370 Report brake problems to NHTSA
Feb 03, 2010 (11:01 pm)
Those who have experienced unexplained braking problems should file a complaint with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). If they receive enough complaints they will do something. And from reading this forum, it seems there are a lot of scary failures.
I have 45,000 miles on a 2005 Prius, with no braking problems until this last month when twice my lady has reported to me that the brakes grabbed hard when she pressed the brake pedal lightly. Someone else reported a similar thing in this forum.
#116 of 370 Re: Prius Brakes issue [wkogler]
Feb 04, 2010 (3:54 am)
Now we know why
Toyota says Prius had brake design problems
Toyota says Prius had brake design problems, already fixed on some models but not on others
that was in the news today
#117 of 370 2010 Prius
Feb 04, 2010 (5:27 am)
SO, according to the news, Toyota fixed the brake problem in some 2010 Prius cars as of late January.
I am supposed to get delivery on my newly purchased Prius this Friday.
How do I know which cars were fixed?
I dont want to relay only on the salesman knowledge.