Last post on Sep 03, 2013 at 5:22 PM
You are in the Toyota Prius
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Prius, Brakes, Hatchback, Sedan
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
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#62 of 370 Re: 2004-2009 Prius Brake Failure Rate is High [jpeters1970]
Jul 04, 2009 (6:57 am)
I just bought a certified used 2005 three weeks ago, and since then I have had this happen TWICE, which is why I'm on the Internet searching for information about it. Fortunately, so far, the break has eventually engaged just in the nick of time but it has made this usually very confident driver more than a little squeamish about driving in Chicago area traffic. I love every other aspect of this car. Are you telling me that Toyota refuses to acknowledge the problem, and there is no way to correct it? HELP!!
#63 of 370 Re: Prius brake failure [minervinha]
Jul 04, 2009 (7:09 am)
Minerva...I'm with you. I've only had my used 2005 for 3 weeks, and it's already almost failed (grabbed at the last minute) twice. Please let me know -- and I'll do the same -- if you hear about a class action suit. UGH!!!
#64 of 370 Re: Prius brake failure [nanster630]
Jul 04, 2009 (8:41 am)
In addition to Edmond, check out:
And, there have been 45 reports to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ (mine included)
I am in the process of trading up to the latest (2010) Prius, in hopes that the brake problems are fixed. I will be driving with my left foot ready to hit the emergency brake, and as I always do, looking for where to swerve it the brakes don't hold.
#65 of 370 Re: Prius brake failure [hal_cat]
Sep 12, 2009 (9:07 am)
I picked up my 2010 Prius three weeks ago. I am taking it in today because of brake issues experienced in the last 2 weeks. I spend a lot of time on the highway - haven't experienced problems there - just in town. The brakes engage initially - but then feel like they release. The last time it happened I was turning a corner - it was a little unnerving - that was when I decided it was going in!
#66 of 370 Re: Prius brake failure [mnwinter]
Sep 14, 2009 (7:08 am)
They will probably tell you nothing is wrong. Same as they did me.
Then, when you need the brakes the most you will hastily apply them, and they will delay in gripping or grip and kinda release. Resulting in a deductible and thousands in damage with diminished vehicle value (since the car has been in an accident). Finally, increased insurance rates. Hopefully no body gets hurt.
FYI to all and Toyota: I have tried to report my concerns this with a discussion over the phone and have not had my voicemails returned.
#67 of 370 Re: Prius brake failure [jacquesc]
Sep 14, 2009 (8:30 am)
Yeah, it's just like with the Priui catching fire at/near the hybrid battery compartment. I have searched thru www.nhtsa.dot.gov for investigations into failing brakes, or fires, and have found NOTHING!
The fires, I suspect, are the result of the hybrid system being modified by an aftermarket company, to become a "plug-in" Prius.
I keep hearing about "no brakes", "brakes failing", but cannot reports, or investigations by the government.
I have had issues with the HID bulbs "burning out", but no other defects have surfaced on my '07.
#68 of 370 Re: Prius Brakes issue [brendabei]
Sep 14, 2009 (8:39 am)
I know the feeling you are describing. Once an owner of a VW Beetle brought the car in to have the brakes checked.
He declined to say ( or the service writer didn't write it down ) that he had replaced a section of the hydraulic brake line ( steel ) with some surgical rubber hose.
Needless to say, when I applied the brakes, as I was test drving there was a "panic" in the cockpit due to the rubber hose inflating like a balloon whenever the brake pedal was depressed. NO BRAKING OCCURRED!
The lack of confinement in a steel line did not allow the brakes to operate AT ALL!
Therefore, the rapid pumping of the brake pedal in an attempt to slow the vehicle as I approached an immovable object, and the shreiking of the operator was clearly audible to those in the vicinity.
Thank goodness the EMERGENCY brake worked better than the service brake.
#69 of 370 Prius Brake Issues
Sep 20, 2009 (2:46 pm)
Well, it happened to me yesterday (September 19,2009). I was in love with my 2008 Prius (despite having to spend a couple of hours to figure out how to operate the danged thing). I was pulling out of a parking lot, moving very slowly ,when I saw a car turn the corner and drive down the street which I was entering. I immediately applied the brakes HARD and to my dismay, NOTHING HAPPENED. I consequently rolled into the the approaching car (and SUV, wouldn't you know) and did thousands of dollars of damage to my beloved Prius. The cops of course issued me a ticket for failing to yield the right of way (correct) and said I must have hit the gas pedal instead of the brake (not correct). I do not feel safe in this vehicle. It is a horrible sensation to apply maximum brake force to the pedal and feel no response. I think it is a telling event that Toyota is changing their brake system in newer productions.
#70 of 370 Re: Prius Brake Issues [pjackie]
Sep 21, 2009 (5:18 am)
Be sure to file a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
They have more clout than anyone individual, and as the number of reported problems goes up they will have more incentive and clout to work on getting the problem resolved.
Note that the 2010 Prius now has a "black box" capability so that Toyota can find out the exact circumstances when the brakes failed so they can hopefully resolve the problems and make a safe car. Of course, Toyota totally denies that the brakes ever fail.
BTW - I told the magistrate that the brakes failed, and my fine for my ticket was waived.
#71 of 370 Re: Prius Brake Issues [pjackie]
Sep 30, 2009 (10:49 am)
Check the floormat on the driver's side and make sure it isn't bunched up thusly not allowing the brake pedal to fully depress, or the throttle ( gas pedal ) to fully release.
There is a recall in progress for floormats. Priui from MY '04 - '09, I believe.