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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,260 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Oct 262015


  • 45,000 miles


The headlights go at without warning. Sometimes one goes out sometimes both while we are driving. Bulb replacement does not fix the issues. This has continued to be a problem for years. Toyota service has not offered a fix that works! I have been driving on the highway or local roads when, all of a sudden, all the lighting goes dark. I have had success in relighting the headlights by turning off the headlights at the main switch and then turning them back on. Extremely dangerous. Breaks are also a menace: On wet roads it is especially noticeable when using the breaks. If you are breaking and a tire goes over a more slippery surface than the pavement, such as a manhole cover, the ABS system cuts breaking to all the wheels such that the car continues on as if the breaks are not being applied - the car effectively releases the breaks and you loose control of the car until its systems decide to return controls to the driver. This happens over and over and over. Try it on a road with a bit of loose gravel on it or the leftover coarse sand from winter road maintenance or going through a milde pothole where gravel has spilled onto the road....breaking in these conditions will consistently cause the car to diminish breaking power to such an extent that the car is no longer lowing down. We own 6 cars of varying makes and this is the only car that has this issue. The other side of this same issue is that if you are pulling out into traffic and a drive wheel hits a slightly slippery patch, the engine power is cut for so long and so severely that we are at risk of being hit. This happens every single time. Toyota service has not offered a fix. Though we have told them abou this issue repeatedly, they typically do not write it down and tell us it is normal. It is not normal or safe.

- Monsey, NY, USA

problem #23

Aug 192015


  • 163,955 miles
While traveling 65 mph on freeway warning light comes on and tells you to park the vehicle, etc. Problem is that when you stop exiting the freeway the car shuts down as soon as you come to a stop and leaves you stranded in the lane. The transmission has an automatic locking system and you can't roll it out of the lane which leaves you vulnerable to being hit. This has happened 4 times since I have owned this car. Very troubling. I have taken it in 3 times to dealer and they have no clue. Dangerous!

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 222014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 95,390 miles
I was traveling at 50mph when an alarm sounded in the car and 4 lights lit up on the dashboard ? the brake system warning light, master warning light, vsc and malfunction indicator lamp. The vehicle was taken to a Toyota dealership where they advised the hybrid water pump needed replacing. I then discovered there is a recall on the hybrid water pumps but was advised my vehicle was not on the list for the recall. The details of my mishap correlate to the Toyota recall notice that Toyota put out regarding the hybrid water pumps. I believe my vehicle should have been on the recall list to have this safety issue addressed and that the recall notice does not adequately cover all Toyota vehicles with this possible issue.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 222014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles


While driving on highway about 60mph, vehicle suddenly lost brakes. Brake, ABS and vsc idiot light went on. Inside vehicle buzzer sounded. Very little hydraulic braking. Was only able to stop vehicle because I was going up hill.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #20

Nov 122013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Stop and go traffic on the freeway, accelerating when the traffic started picking up but vehicles in front suddenly stop and as I hit the brakes on the bumping freeway the vehicle does a brief lurch forward as esp light blinks. Vehicle does not stop under this braking condition and feels momentarily like there is no brake pressure. As a result, vehicle doesn't stop in time and hits the vehicle in front even though it could've been avoided had the brakes worked as they should've.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 182014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Brake (red color) warning lights appear while driving at 55 mph; yellow color indicator on ABS, vsc. Once these warning lights appear, I somehow lose 25-50% of my braking power. Not sure what is wrong despite getting brand new wheels, replaced all-new rotors, brake pads, oil and filter change. This is the 5th time it has happened in the last few weeks. Toyota should be held liable and to replace the full cost of any necessary fixes to the hydraulic brakes or run a diagnostic of the entire vehicle's electrical or brakes system or anything that leads to the dashboard warning lights at 100%. this will be a serious issue because it can lead to serious accidents if owners of this vehicle experience the same issues.

- Hollis Hills, NY, USA

problem #18

Oct 032012


  • 123,000 miles


Toyota Prius dashboard failed in idle and while driving posing a death risk due to mileage per hour not displaying and the inability to shut off your car when stopped this is a serious matter and Toyota needs to recall the whole Toyota Prius and give everyone there money back for over paying for this car in 2007.

- Saratoga Springs , UT, USA

problem #17

Mar 022013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The problem has occurred whenever the donut tire is being used on the vehicle as a temporary replacement for a flat tire - this has occurred on both the two occasions that in which I have had to used them both times on the front tires, once on the left tire and the second occasion, most recent on the left. Apparently, the donut tire because of its smaller diameter causes the car's slip differential system to activate (surmised by the icon I see on the dash when this occurs), often for periods of half the driving time - what then happens is that there is a total loss of engine power to the drive chain, the car cannot accelerate or even maintain speed - it essentially coasts or slows. This occurs even when/if the accelerator pedal is depressed to try to feed power to the wheels - the engine is unresponsive. Intermittently, the power is restored, and then the cycle begins again. Although I have not had an accident due to this loss of vehicle control, I consider myself lucky not to have. Use of a donut tire is the only option open to temporarily replacing a flat tire. I think that this system's response to use of the donut tire (which is manufacturer's supplied) is a defect that is dangerous. A driver must be able to maintain and control vehicle speed to prevent and/or remedy a dangerous situation. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #16

Jan 082011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph over a bump in the road and the brake pedal engaged; the vehicle failed to accelerate. After the failure occurred, the ABS warning indicator illuminated....updated 04/25/13 the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The technician stated the vehicle operated as designed. In addition, when the anti skid was activated it would not respond during inclement weather. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000. The consumer stated at foward speed of 0 mph the stability control activated, on a slippery surface that had 1 inch of snow and an incline of approximately 15 degrees. The anti skid light blinked and the vehicle would not move foward up the incline. The same failure occured in the dealer's parking lot. The dealerstated the vehicle was operating as designed.the dealer suggested the consumer switch to snow tires. Updated 06/04/2013

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 212013

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
My car will not turn off. After my dash went black my key will not release and my car will not turn off. This is a big safety issue and needs to be resolved asap!

- Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

problem #14

Dec 012010


  • 32,500 miles


Dashboard red lights when vehicle starts with: Brake failure, ABS warning and stability warning. First time it was immediately taken to dealer who could find no problem and reset codes. Four days later same warning lights came on and was taken to dealer again. Were told hydraulic brake system was ok but brake actuator needed replacement at $2600. Could be driven but without ABS and stability capability. Have not corrected this due to high price. Shopping around at salvage yards.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #13

Jun 262010


  • 41,000 miles
I own a 2007 Prius. I was driving on the interstate when a car in front of me stopped abruptly. When I stepped on the brake, there was a delay before it engaged. To prevent running into the car in front of me, I veered to the left while continuing to step down on the brake with more force. When it engaged, the car was out of control "fish tailing" from side to side. In an emergency situation, there is no room for a delay. This created a very dangerous situation which could have been fatal. I experienced a similar delay while driving in the city, not on a highway. It was the same sensation of the brakes failing. When one is braking in an emergency situation, this is terrifying and not acceptable and not safe...

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #12

Aug 122008


  • 14,107 miles
Just completed a left turn behind another vehicle. The other vehicle then slowed to make an immediate left turn into a gas station across the road. I was gently applying the brakes to keep my following distance (10ft, traveling about 8mph). The other car suddenly applied the brakes harder to turn, when I pressed harder there was no reaction until I hit the other car, at which point the brakes engaged and I stopped.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jul 042009


  • 51,400 miles
Approximately 7 months ago my 2007 Toyota Prius began accelerating during use of the cruise control. I reported the problem to the dealership who said they have no fix for it. I can't use the cruise control in my car for fear the car will not stop accelerating.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 282009


  • 39,050 miles
I read about the recall of the 2010 Prius concerning the ABS software. My 2007 Prius experienced the same problems recently when I ran over a curb at low speed and the car lurched forward at high speed after I applied the brakes and I hit a wall about 5 feet away. Damage to my car was a cracked bumper, slightly dented hood, cracked head light. I used to get 50 to 60 miles per gallon and I can not get over 41 miles per gallon now. I bought new tires and had them balanced and aligned but the mileage had not improved. Damages to the exterior of the car will amount to about 2 to 3 thousand dollars. My Toyota dealer says that my 2007 model is not part of the recall. I have read blogs where people with my model Toyota have had similar experiences. I believe that the ABS software is faulty in more than the 2010 priuses.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Feb 102010


  • 100 miles
This is not one incident, it happens whenever the road is slick (rain, or even sprinkler runoff!) or if I drive over a pothole--the power to the wheels is cut and the engine feels like it is going to stall. It is extremely difficult and nervewracking to drive while it is raining. The most dangerous times that this happens is when I am at a signal, making a right turn I need power to the engine to merge into traffic, and make sure that oncoming traffic is not interrupted. There have been times that I feel like my car won't "go" or hesitates when I need it to go! and if it's this bad in wet conditions, I would never even consider driving the Prius in snowy conditions. I have read that this is all due to a problem in the traction control system. Very unsafe!!

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 092010


  • 45,000 miles
Car did not stop and seemed to accelerate when brakes hit during turn into driveway. Hit curb. Lost steering control and car had to be towed because of significant damages to wheel and also possibly steering. Snowy road. I was already driving very slowly. No reason why this much damage to my car or this level of impact unless car suddenly accelerated beyond my current speed while I braked. Car seems to accelerate on slippery, uneven surfaces and evs light comes on, even when brakes applied. Acceleration is beyond that seen with normal slippage. It is not simply slippage but actual brief acceleration.

- Wilmette, IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 022010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 29,997 miles
I have a 2007 Prius the following has occurred any time driving over rough patches of road or over rr tracks: The car loses traction and power for a sort time until smooth pavement returns. The vsc lamp on the dash shows up when this happens. I shudder to think what would occur on a rough mountain road or in wet weather. This type of event sounds very much like what's being reported by the drivers of the 2010 Prius. In 47 years of driving I've never had a car react in this way. I've compensated by driving cautiously and wait for traction to return but it doesn't feel quite right when it happens.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 252007


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that whenever the front wheels began to spin in icy or snowy conditions, the engine completely shut off. The failure occurred multiple times while trying to drive up a hill or an inclined driveway. The dealer inspected the fuel injection system on several occasions and was unable to find the cause of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was designed in such a way that the engine would turn off to avoid damaging the stability control system. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 36,000. The failure mileage was approximately 2,000. Updated 3/16/10 updated 06/29/10

- New London, NH, USA

problem #5

Dec 162009


  • miles
This description is of an occurrence which may be a the result of a flaw. Upon light pressure on the brake pedal, while proceeding over areas with suspect traction, vehicle seems to lose all braking for a small but un-nerving moment. It is as though the ABS is fighting the regenerative braking of the hybrid drive.

- Berrien Springs, MI, USA

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