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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,063 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Toyota Prius brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 012013

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2009 Toyota Prius. Consumer write regards to vehicle brake problems. Consumer also sent revised Toyota document. The consumer stated the same braking problem existed for models before and after the 2010 models. However, only the 2010 models were recalled.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jan 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Toyota Prius. Consumer states problem with braking system the consumer stated when he applied the brakes to stop, he realized they did not engage and neither did the ABS. The vehicle continued at the same slow speed finally coming to stop only after a truck sheared off the front license plate on the consumers vehicle. There was no other damage to the vehicle.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 182009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 480 miles
S10 appropriate handling re Toyota brake problem fm owner of a 2009 Toyota Prius. Four days after purchasing the vehicle, the consumers wife was heading down a gentle incline toward a traffic light at an intersection shortly after a light snowfall, the street was wet, but there was no ice on the road. As she braked to slow down, she noticed there was no deceleration and continued to press down on the brake pedal to no avail. To avoid crashing into other cars, she veered sharply to the right into a curb and came to a stop. The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the wheel, axle and undercarriage. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and after the inspection, the consumer was informed there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The dealer implied the consumers wife must have applied the brakes incorrectly and was not accustomed to ABS. A few months later on another wet rainy day, there was a similar incident of brake failure.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 182009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 480 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Fax on behalf of re a safety concern related to their 2009 Toyota Prius; respond attn caroline/nyc office. Four days after purchasing the vehicle, the consumers wife was heading down a gentle incline toward a traffic light at an intersection shortly after a light snowfall, the street was wet, but there was no ice on the road. As she braked to slow down, she noticed there was no deceleration and continued to press down on the brake pedal to no avail. To avoid crashing into other cars, she veered sharply to the right into a curb and came to a stop. The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the wheel, axle and undercarriage. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and after the inspection, the consumer was informed there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The dealer implied the consumers wife must have applied the brakes incorrectly and was not accustomed to ABS. A few months later on another wet rainy day, there was a similar incident of brake failure.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 082009

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph. Whenever encountering a bump or pothole in the road the vehicle began to operate uncontrollably with an illumination of the warning light indicator. Also, the failure occurred while making a sharp turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer regarding the failure. The contact stated that the malfunction could cause a potential crash. The failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 3/8/10 the consumer stated the yellow brake system warning light illuminated and the vehicle lost traction momentarily. Updated 05/11/10.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 132009

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. The contact stated while driving at 45 mph he had to brake hard and fast. The vehicle slowed down but crashed into a truck. The contact stated the vehicle was totaled. Updated 04/28/10. The consumer stated he never felt the ABS activate. Updated 02/24/10. Updated 3/8/10 the consumer stated he did not hear the anti-lock system sound or feel the usual brake pedal vibration. The vehicle slowed initially, then deceleration began with no lock up of tires and no apparent anti-lock system engagement. The accident was due to the vehicles failure to stop as expected. Updated 05/11/10.

- Trumansburg, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 182009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 480 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 25 mph on a lightly snow covered road surface, the brakes did not respond when the pedal was depressed. The vehicle failed to slow down. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact crashed onto the curb in order to stop the vehicle. The driver was uninjured, but the vehicle sustained severe damage. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they could not determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileages were 480. Four days after purchasing the vehicle, the consumers was heading down a gentle incline toward a traffic light at an intersection shortly after a light snowfall, the street was wet, but there was no ice on the road. As she braked to slow down, she noticed there was no deceleration and continued to press down on the brake pedal to no avail. To avoid crashing into other cars, she veered sharply to the right into a curb and came to a stop. The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the wheel, axle and undercarriage. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and after the inspection, the consumer was informed there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The dealer implied the she must have applied the brakes incorrectly and was not accustomed to ABS. A few months later on another wet rainy day, there was a similar incident of brake failure. Updated 04/15/10.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

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