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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 1 of 2)

problem #36

Jul 072016


  • miles


ABS, brake light came

- Cooksville, MD, USA

problem #35

May 172016


  • 81,350 miles
This situation have been going on for a month. When I have sitting at a light or on idle. My trac, ABS and brake light continue to come on every other week or so. I have seen this complaint before from other Camry's owner online. When they go to the dealership, they tell them it is a sensor. But it is never resolved. Can anybody tell me what is going on with the car? I only had this car for a year. This is scary for me due to me having 2 kids.

- Brighton, AL, USA

problem #34

Aug 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was lightly depressed and the vehicle suddenly accelerated and caused the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The contact applied force to the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to surge forward. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occasions where the failure was unable to be determined, but stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The dealer updated the software for the computer and provided a usb with technical diagnosis information. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #33

Sep 162015


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owned a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving 32 mph, the brakes were applied and the vehicle accelerated rapidly without warning. The contact stated that she could not stop the vehicle and crashed into a trailer. The vehicle was destroyed. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a fractured sternum and her husband had contusions in his rib cage. Medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,000. Updated 1/15/16

- Glide, OR, USA

problem #32

Mar 062015


  • 39,521 miles
The tire pressure tends to fluctuate often requiring weekly air check to maintain the proper psi. The driver front tire psi cold will read 36, front pass 34, rear drive R35, rear pass at 36, when the tires heat up after appx. 38 mile out and you check the psi it will read 39, 39. 36,37, or at time you may get 39,37.39.F you have to come to a stop light, sudden stop, or a stop at night on a non familiar road like I had to in the rain on a uneven road the vehicles tail end tends to slide to the left and the front end feels as if you hit a pot hole do to slight wear and tear groves in the road that don't become apparent until your on that 1 to 2 feet section in the road. Is this a common complaint with any others or am I over being over concerned with the drive performance on uneven pavement or roads. My concern is the abuse on the brake components, the steering, the tires, fuel consumption and keeping control of your vehicle. Is it a computer problem, wheel component, tires, or me or all of the above. I purchased my Toyota for durability, efficacy, and my family safety on the road.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #31

May 152015


  • 29,000 miles
On the commute to work in stop and go traffic I was in line with several other cars. As they began to accelerate, I also began to accelerate up to about 20 mph when one of the cars in the front of the line stopped to make a turn all the cars infront of me also stopped and as I went to also stop the brake pedal would not push down at all, failing to engage the brakes causing my car to drive into the back of the stopped car in front of me, resulting in major front end damage. The airbag did not deploy in the accident.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #30

Mar 312015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


3/31/2015 7:05 am after I pressed the gas pedal to turn in my driveway, the car just took off. I braked and it would not stop. I ran into the right front corner of my garage, through my neighbors front yard on the right of my house. As I sped through my neighbors yard I mowed down a small tree. I then crossed the street and went over the sidewalk and stopped short of the subdivision lake. The air bag did not deploy.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #29

Mar 022015


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving out of gas service station at approximately 10 mph, the brake system failed to engage causing the contact to crash into a fence. There were no injuries reported and no police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,500.

- Boothwyn, PA, USA

problem #28

Feb 102015


  • 40,473 miles
On this date I brought the vehicle to henricks of Toyota of apex because when backing slowing with vehicle and touching the brakes it would make noise as if the calipers were loose. The mechanic stated he could not hear anything, so then I asked him to come with me while I drive it. We were on an incline backing and I pushed the brakes and he stated the noise that he couldn't hear, he hears now and stated that the brakes are loose in there and that is normal because it if was tighter in there then it would make squealing noise and that with the moisture that rust can build up in there and cause that noise. I had [xxx] document on my copy of the invoice. I will be calling the nc state attorney generals office, Consumer Affairs to file a written complaint because it should not be making any noise. There had been another dealer in the area that did not want to back up their bumper to bumper warranty and the attorney general had taken the dealer to court and won a judgment for the customers and they had to pay up! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raleigh , NC, USA

problem #27

Oct 082014


  • 35,872 miles
There is a noise in the front wheels or when brakes are applied from forward to reverse, it makes a clicking sound that can be heard inside the vehicle when applying the brakes. Dealer has checked it or listened to the noise and says it is normal. It is still worried some as to what will happen in a emergency.

- Great Bend, KS, USA

problem #26

Sep 052014


  • 36,500 miles


I was told by Toyota that is normal now for the brake actuator to perform a test once the car changes gears from first to second gear. The actuator makes a grinding/odd noise no matter how many times you hit the brakes or go into different gears. I demonstrated this issue with Toyota in person and then was left for 3 days. After the Toyota dealership opened a ticket with Toyota technical support, it is now deemed "normal" everyday you start your car and when the car switches to second gear, "it is the brake actuator pressurize and performing it's test". the sound heard is normal. Given there has been so many issues with Toyota and their actuators. I hope they have deemed my brake actuator as safe because from what I have read in the news, a faulty brake actuator is very unsafe. I have called up Toyota care who said "we only rely and trust what are technicians say". Toyota better have their story straight because they have had a bad record in the past with safety issues.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #25

Aug 152014


  • 24,000 miles
While my husband was driving, the truck in front of him came to a stop to allow for another vehicle turning. When my husband attempted to stop, the brakes when right to the floor. He attempted to brake again and it finally caught, but too late. The sudden braking caused the car's nose to lower, under the truck's tailgate as he hit the truck in front of him. The car may be totaled which we should find out in a couple of days.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #24

Jul 272014

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,221 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the driver pulled into a parking lot and was unable to apply the brakes and crashed into a divider. There was no injuries or a police report. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,221. Updated 10/02/14 updated 3/3/2015

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #23

Jul 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,190 miles
This is the third time this has happened ! I went to stop for the light and the brakes go to the floor..

- Hopkinsville , KY, USA

problem #22

May 052014


  • 25,480 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The contact suffered from a neck injury and contusions to the left and right lower leg. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25,480.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #21

May 292014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
I was driving with my 5 grandchildren and went to stop at a light and the brakes went all the way to the floor. It really scared all of us ! so when we cut our outing short and got home I checked the brake fluid and it was low so I had to add some. Then the brakes seem to work like they should. This car was bought brand new has never been in a accident and this should not be happening already.

- Hopkinsville , KY, USA

problem #20

Jun 092014


  • 27,000 miles
This is the 2nd time I went to stop and the brakes went all the way to the floor. The first time was about 3 weeks or so ago and I went to the Toyota dealer and he couldn't find the problem. There's something wrong with the brakes ! and I Transport a handicapped child and 3 more children.

- Hopkinsville , KY, USA

problem #19

Apr 272013


  • 5,049 miles
Power steering make grinding when turning, brakes squeaking when backing, A/.C have bad smell when I turn off the A/C leak lots of water, when I stop and took off the car skid and a light ABS light on the panel.I spoke to the mgr and he toll me was normal when A/C off open the outside air to the smell go away. And for the steering he sad the car has electronic power steering and for brakes cause dirty and out of adjustment.on Feb 16 I took the car again for brakes then nothing wrong stillmaking the clicking noise then a month after I get a letter for the recall but same problems still there I just want know if any recalls on this issues that I write in this letter for my concerns and safe which I don't feel safe driving this car it has 18,000 miles.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #18

Apr 132014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 31,400 miles
Pulling into a parking space, I pushed the break, and the car lunged forward. It accelerated, I pushed the break again, looking to make sure my foot was on the break. It was. The car drove over a parking space barrier and crashed into a fence, knocking down the fence, and ultimately stopping the car.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #17

Sep 012013


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the ABS, traction control, and air bag light would intermittently illuminate on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing where it was stated that the brake actuator assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

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