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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,270 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Mar 152014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 19,457 miles


I was at a stop light and as soon as the light turned green, I pressed on the accelerator but to no avail. The car did not move as usual, so I moved my foot off the accelerator. Once my foot was off the gas pedal, the car took a certain spring and unintended acceleration. I was taking by surprised and quickly acted to control the vehicle to safety. I will be reporting this incident to Toyota of North America and will wait for them to instruct me as to what to do. Safety is a great concern to me and my family and hope that Toyota does the right thing and makes sure to provide us an answer and repairs our vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 242014


  • 2,300 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the brakes failed to respond without warning and the contact crashed into a tree. A police report was filed. The contact was taken to a hospital for treatment of head injuries. The vehicle was towed to an impound lot. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 2,300.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #14

Dec 152013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2012 Toyota Camry, I was driving on the freeway and there was an accident up ahead and I had to break suddenly. All my brakes did was make a loud stuttering sound which I could actually feel in the brake pedal and slowed very so slightly I had little to no control of my brakes. I thought it was all over because it didn't appear that I was going to stop but I managed to just miss the car in front of me steering off to the shoulder of the freeway just in time and my car finally stopped. At the time, I thought it might of been the way I applied my breaks, or an isolated incident until reading an article about a Lexus recall which sounds like the same problem. This isn't my first car with anti-lock brakes so I am familiar with the way they're supposed to work. It appears that Toyota may need add one more vehicle to it's list before someone is killed.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 292014


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph on an icy roadway, the brakes failed. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle and the brakes resumed normally. The contact had not yet taken the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000 miles.

- Lowell, IN, USA

problem #12

Jan 212014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 19,700 miles
My son was driving about 1/2 mile away from home while turning the brake failed and he hit the center curb and further to an on coming (stopped) vehicle. When he realized that the brakes are not working he pressed the emergency brakes that slowed the car. But the damage had already occurred. Our Toyota is 2012 and has been routinely maintained by Toyota dealerships. Brakes should not fail. We are glad that there was no apparent injury but the car is likely to be totaled. I request Toyota to do an investigation on what might have caused the brakes to fail.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #11

Dec 222013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 9,700 miles
The brake of this vehicle does not give enough force to stop the car at any speed, it looks the break booster is not provide enough force to stop the car, also there is another issue during deceleration and stop from 25 or 35 mph to complete stop, it looks while braking something give additional acceleration not braking to the vehicle, it is hard to reduce a speed on the highway at speed 60 or 65, I am sure something wrong with the design of the break of the vehicle, it is unlike other cars we owned, Chevy equinox and Dodge stratus 2005 braking are much butter and it is old they can stop at any speed but this Toyota Camry 2012 is scary and I am afraid to use it in the highways driving, the dealer stated nothing wrong with the brake and I want from NHTSA to test the drive of this car and see their opinion.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #10

Jun 172013


  • 24,875 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph and braking for a traffic stop, the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle lunged forward and crashed into the rear of another vehicle. There were no personal injuries. A police report was filed of the incident. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to either detect a trouble code or duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 24,875.

- Ocala, CA, USA

problem #9

May 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
I was pulling my car onto the carport from driveway, which is at same level, with foot on brake. The car accelerated independently with the car surging forward and the RPM increasing as I was crashing through the carport, fence, patio, two four-wheelers, the concrete patio stairs, propane bbq grill and a wheel barrel. I had my foot on the brake as hard as I could, and it did not stop and the motor continue to race; I thought the engine was going to explode. After all the debris which was in front of the car and under it, it couldn't go any further but the wheels where still spinning and the engine was still racing. If it had not been for my husband who seen it and heard it, he yelled at me " turn off the engine" I don" know what else the car would have destroyed. The car missed running over my husband and the house by a couple of feet.

- Alton, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 092012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Our family bought a 2012 Toyota Camry in about early April the year of 2012. A few months later we started to notice noise. Considering a brand new car we had purchased. It was in our concern to why this was happening. We get everything done from the dealer located in lincolnwood, il. From where we had purchased the vehicle. We took the car to the same dealer multiple times with the same concern. We were told that the vehicle was fine, but oddly the noise was constant even after a visit at the dealers. This visit we had done was not just once but many times, receiving the same answer. What upsets me is that after my warranty was over. Suddenly the dealer knew the solution to the problem I was constantly verifying them about earlier. Which summed up to about three thousand dollars. I, who is refusing to pay this.this car started giving me problems from day one. What I can conclude from this is, that the car itself is a defect.the dealer told our family to call the manufactures and let them know, because this car could have been a defect from beginning, when purchased. The dealer says, the problem in the car is " brake actuator booster assembly."

- Skokie , IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 222012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 15,568 miles
I rented a Toyota Camry 2013 in December 2012. While sitting in the traffic at low speed, I noticed that the front vehicle suddenly stopped near the intersection of buchanan and us 93. I immediately slammed on the brake pad while the cruiser was on, however, the brake did not respond. The rental car did not slow down and kept moving forward. Eventually, it hit the front vehicle. Luckily, no one was injured because of low speed. If it were a normal functional car, the vehicle would have stopped because the speed was very low. But in this case, the rental car caused the accident because of its poor quality. The car was severely damaged. In contrast, the vehicle in the front, a SUV, had no damage. After the accident, I checked the scene and did not find any tire brake mark on the ground, which suggested that the brake system was not working properly. While driving on highway before the accident, I also noticed that the rental car had much slow response from the brake when the cruise was on, and the brake seemed to be much more sensitive when the cruise was off. In order to protect other drivers on highway, I strongly request NHTSA to launch an investigation on Toyota Camry's brake system. If any defect is identified, they should recall all the problematic vehicles. I can't imagine what would have happened if the speed were high, and things could be bloody and hoffifying. I hope one fewer accident like that could be reduced by the responsive actions from the government.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 212012


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front brakes were loose and whenever the brake was depressed, the brake pads would move back and forth. The brake pads were smaller than the area of the caliper, causing them to become loose. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that there was nothing they could do for the failure. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there was not a defect in the vehicle. The contact files a claim with the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage 11,016.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jan 272013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 16,197 miles
I was moving cars in the driveway when I pulled the Camry back in the brakes failed to stop the car and it struck the corner of the garage. I was not going fast enough to even trip the airbag. The dealer claims that there is nothing wrong with the brakes. I know that this same thing has happened in arlington, tx. What can I do to get the car fixed it is only 7 months old and still under warranty?

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 302012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 8,300 miles
On April 30th 2012 my Camry 2012 was hit as I was making a uturn to pick up my son from school 35 mph /upon impact the car did not stop, went over the median, into the bush area, at the meantime I tried to put the car in park, the car did not stop, turned off the engine, the car did not stop, the car did not pick up speed, the whole time I was breaking but the car would not stop, it finally came to full stop upon impacting a tree. The police came and filled a report. Was surprised to see my car on the other side of the road by a tree. My car was taken to Toyota collision center in arlington tx. It took them 31 days to fix a brand new Camry 2012 that was supposed to be done in 2 weeks according to them. They tell me there is nothing wrong with the car. I have driven Camry for more than 2 decades. I know if there is a problem. I contacted Toyota corporate, they have sent an engineer specialist to check the car. They are not disclosing any information to me, they say you have to wait till you receive in mail. According to their engineer specialist, he says the recording box(something new with new Camry) there was more than one collision recorded. There was a time lapse! I have not picked up my car because I totally feel unsafe with that car!!! this had never happened to me!!! no one on earth can tell me there was nothing wrong with that car. I almost hit my son and his friend!!! the lawyers tell me since I have not hurt anyone and gotten hurt myself, there is nothing they can do. I ask you to please help me with this case! I feel if something like this happens in the highway and I kill someone or myself, then lawyers and Toyota will do something. I need help before it is too late. Thank you for listening.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 122012


  • 3,100 miles
It sometimes will not shift into normal reverse. On these occasions, when you shift into reverse, it will not move or creep slowly back as it normally does. It feels like a brake is on and you must push hard on the gas to get the car to back up at all. The car then lunges backward until you take your foot off the gas and it will jerk to a stop without you even touching the brakes. This is scary when you are in a parking space at a retail store, restaurant, etc. And have someone parked on both sides of you. You cant back up slowly, only can lurch out of your parking spot and hope no pedestrians or vehicles are coming by. I finally got the car to do this at the dealer lot in des moines, by driving and parking for 48 minutes. Now the dealer saw the problem dealer tech backed the car up for a block with one foot on the gas and one on the brake, as I told him if he drove forward for 50 feet it would snap out of the problem and we would be trying to recreate it again. No probs show on scope tests Toyota has no idea what it is. Bought the car 03/24/2012 dealer has had it to look at over 18 days already in and out. My wife is terrified to drive it as this happened to her in the parking lot at work..

- Clive, IA, USA

problem #2

Feb 032012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 1,278 miles
My 2012 Camry hybrid steers hard to the left when braking when the road is crowned along the passenger side of the vehicle. I have taken it in for repair three times since I purchased it in December. First two times the dealer said that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and that Toyota hadnżżT registered similar complaints from other owners. The most recent visit to the dealer had a different result. On May 18th the dealer acknowledge that there was a problem with the regenerative braking system and that Toyota was aware of the problem. The dealer opened an investigation with Toyota and Toyota admitted that other owners are having similar problems with their 2012 tch. Toyota and the dealer have no solutions. The vehicle is unsafe and no solutions exist.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #1

May 162012


  • 690 miles
Started the car and had several brake warning lights on instrument cluster. Took car to dealer and they retrieved a code of C1214. They could not find a problem. Before they cleared the code and while I had the warning lights, I had no regenerative braking. Only the friction brakes worked, which considerably lengthened the stopping distance. Now I no longer have any confidence in the car.

- Oaks, PA, USA

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