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Feds Close Probe Into 2007-'11 Toyota Camry Hybrid for Power Braking Concerns


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Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation into 100,491 2007-'11 Toyota Camry Hybrid cars for power braking concerns after Toyota said it will offer extended warranty coverage to consumers.
  • Federal safety regulators said they reviewed 734 complaints and 864 warranty claims for braking issues in the affected Camry Hybrid.
  • Toyota said it will extend warranty coverage for the brake actuator assembly and skid control unit/brake pedal stroke sensor in 2007-'11 Camry Hybrid cars, NHTSA said.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation into 100,491 2007-'11 Toyota Camry Hybrid cars for power braking concerns after Toyota said it will offer extended warranty coverage to consumers.

Federal safety regulators said they reviewed 734 complaints and 864 warranty claims for braking issues in the affected Camry Hybrid.

Toyota said it will extend warranty coverage for the brake actuator assembly and skid control unit/brake pedal stroke sensor in 2007-'11 Camry Hybrid cars, NHTSA said.

Toyota's warranty enhancement program covers repairs related to two conditions: Internal malfunctions of the brake actuator assembly and overly sensitive monitoring logic for the brake pedal stroke sensor.

Primary coverage provides warranty enhancement until November 30, 2015, with no mileage limitation.

After the primary coverage period ends, secondary coverage is provided for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the date of first use, whichever occurs first.

Toyota also issued a service campaign on July 10 to replace the brake reservoir tank in the 2007-'11 Camry Hybrid. The new tank will be available until June 30, 2017, but only at an authorized Toyota dealer, NHTSA said.

"Analysis of the failure data indicate that each condition provides warning prior to any reduction in power-assisted braking, with less than 10 percent of all reports and claims involving diagnostic codes or complaint narratives indicating increased braking effort or reduced brake effectiveness," NHTSA said in its summary of the results of its investigation. "In addition, most of the incidents in which reduced braking assist appears to have occurred involved operation in a reduced assist mode and not a sudden, complete loss of power-assisted braking."

A single crash was linked to the probe and the owner had not addressed the problem for eight months, according to the report.

Less than 1 percent of reports and claims indicated a "complete loss of power-assisted braking" and "this mode requires operation for a significant period of time with multiple audible and visual warnings," NHTSA noted.

Consumers complained about high repair costs exceeding $3,000 in some cases.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2007-'11 Toyota Camry Hybrid, it's best to check in with your dealer regarding extended warranty coverage if you have any braking complaints.

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