Texas Toyota drivers may be interested to learn of a federal investigation
into alleged braking problems with 2007-08 Toyota Camry Hybrid. After
receiving several complaints from consumers regarding multiple incidents
of loss of assisted braking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
opened an investigation of the Camry Hybrid sedans. The agency says that
it has received 59 complaints regarding the alleged malfunctioning of
the braking system in the Camry Hybrid.
The NHTSA has identified two
car accidents connected with the complaints. The number of injuries or fatalities has
not yet been determined. A representative for Toyota said that the firm
is cooperating with the preliminary evaluation being conducted by the NHTSA.
The complaints all report several incidents of increased brake pedal pressure
or delayed actuation of braking. The loss of braking power occurs without
warning according to the consumer complaints. In addition, the complaints
seem to indicate a growing trend. The majority of complaints have been
registered within the last eight months. The NHTSA said that around 40
percent of the braking incidents took place when the vehicles were traveling
at speeds above 40 mph. The number of affected vehicles is estimated to
be around 30,000. At this point, there have not been any recalls issued
for the 2007-08 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
A braking problem with a motor vehicle can result in a serious accident
involving injuries or fatalities. If the brake problem was the result of a
defective part, in some cases the vehicle's manufacturer may be held responsible
for the accident. Toyota states that it is cooperating with the NHTSA
investigation. A company that acknowledges its responsibility for a malfunctioning
component through a recall may also be willing to settle with an accident
victim out of court.
Source: Edmunds, "Feds Probe 2007-'08 Toyota Camry Hybrid After Reports of Brake System
Malfunction", Anita Lienert, January 27, 2014