Toyota Admits Camry Brake Problems - Issues Free Fix

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Earlier this summer, Consumer Reports discovered that Toyota needed to expand its recalls with one more for older Camry models that seemed to have some braking issues. Two months later, and the automaker responded to the owners’ concerns, offering a free fix.
After the report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened investigations and found more than 900 complaints as well as almost 1,100 warranty claims for faulty brake components.

The problem seemed to be a possible clogged brake-fluid reservoir filter, that might have temporarily disabled the front-brake assist on older hybrid Toyota Camry models.

It’s not as bad as it sounds, since a problem with the brake-assistance system won’t render the car brakeless, manifesting through the need of a higher effort on the pedal to work. The problem was also been identifiable from an early time, as the on-board diagnostic system would have lit various warning lights on the dash.

It turns out that most complaints were caused by high repair costs when owners decided to go see the service.

Still, Toyota decided to deal with the issue by extending the warranties for the 170,000 affected Camrys made between 2007 and 2011 rather than the usual recall. The affected brake parts will be replaced for free.

Toyota has recalled about 900,000 other cars this year for a similar problem, where an electronic glitch would have disabled the ABS, traction control and vehicle stability control on several model-year Prii, RAV4 and Tacomas.
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