Toyota Camry Hybrid Investigation Opened by NHTSA

Toyota Camry Hybrid Investigation Opened by NHTSA

An investigation has been launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) looking into about 30,000 Toyota Camry Hybrids after receiving 59 complaints over brake issues. 

Model year 2007 and 2008 Toyota Camrys are the cars under review after 59 complaints were submitted alleging intermittent loss of assisted braking, resulting in increased stopping distances. Two accidents have been reported as a result of the issue, but there were no injuries.

The bulk of the complaints have been received over the last eight months, and most of them allege that the car experienced delayed brake operation or increased pedal effort. About 40 percent of the problems occurred when the vehicles were travelling over 40 mph.

NHTSA has opened a preliminary investigation, the results of which will determine whether or not a recall of the vehicles will be necessary.

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  • danwat1234

    Might just be because regenerative braking may be disabled when the traction control system detects wheel slip, so then you just have mechanical brakes, which may not be engaged right when the loss of traction and loss of regen occurs, so you get a loss of brakes until the car then maybe engages the mechanical brakes or you push your foot down. After a while it’ll time out and allow regen again.

    That’s probably the issue at hand.

  • Raymond Ramírez

    The Volt has regen brakes, too, yet they never suffered the same problem.Toyota is slipping again!

  • danwat1234

    Yup that specific problem is all about software I think.
    Here in Portland Oregon I sometimes ride the MAX trimet electric trains and the transition between regen braking and mechanical brakes (some sort of brake bar that contacts the rails) is quite jerky. Kind of fun to experience when you know what’s going on. But in a car it’s not cool, should be nearly inperceptible. WIth those trains when the computer detects wheel slip, it automatically turns on the sanders but regen continues, maybe the axle that’s slipping turns down the regen for a little while though until it synced to the track again.

    BTW the Volt has had a few occurrences of master brake cylinder failure (mechanical brakes) I believe, but nothing wide spread. Maybe not any more occurrences than a regular reliable car (shrugs shoulders).