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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,220 miles

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2010 Toyota Prius brakes problems

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2010 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #82

Jan 222010


  • 2,500 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 20 mph over a rough surface she noticed that the brakes would momentarily disengage. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 2500.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #81

Jul 082009


  • 400 miles
The contact owns 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 20 mph on an uneven raised roadway surface; proceeding to make a left turn. Pressure was applied to the brake pedal, followed by an unintended acceleration. The vehicle resumed to normal operation after applying pressure to the brake pedal. The failure occurred whenever encountering an uneven road surface. The vehicle has not been inspected for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 400.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #80

Nov 282009


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius with electronic stability and anti-lock braking system. While braking at various speeds and driving over a pothole, a bump or any change in the road surface, the vehicle would momentarily accelerate before the brakes would engage. The dealer stated that was normal for the braking system for his year, make and model vehicle. There were no recalls. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 19,000.

- El Grannada, CA, USA

problem #79

Sep 182009


  • 500 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the brakes were momentarily unresponsive at low speeds when driving approximately 10 mph over a pothole. She stated that the failure occurred 50% of the time she drove over a pothole or bumpy surface. She called the dealer and was told that the ABS was the cause and it was normal. She called the manufacturer and was unable to speak with a representative. The vehicle has not been repaired to-date. The vehicle identification number was not available at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 4,000. The failure mileage was approximately 500.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #78

Nov 102009


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The vehicle accelerated immediately after the contact drove approximately 45 mph over a bump in the road or a pothole. The contact was able to control the vehicle when the failure occurred. The failure mileage was 1500. The current mileage was 4000.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #77

Sep 092009


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 35 mph in rainy weather conditions, the driver encountered a pothole in the roadway and the anti-lock brake system engaged. Suddenly, the brake pedal traveled to floor without resistance and a no power response. The vehicle slowed down after extreme and continuous force was applied to the brake pedal. The failure occurred when there was inclement weather conditions and potholes. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #76

Sep 062009


  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 10 mph over a speed bump or a pothole with her feet on the brake pedal the vehicle lunged forward and accelerated. The dealer stated that the vehicle was performing normally since the electrical engine was switching to the gasoline engine. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- N. Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #75

Dec 062009

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. While driving approxiamtely 20 mph and making a left or right turn with the brake pedal engaged, for a fraction of a second. The anti skid light illuminated and the brakes failed to slow the vehicle down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 3,000. Updated 03/04/10. Updated 05/14/10.

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #74

Jan 082010

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. While driving approximately 20- 25 mph on a slightly snow covered road surface there was pressure applied to the brake pedal, followed by an unintended acceleration. The driver continuously applied pressure to the brake pedal; however, the vehicle failed to slow down while proceeding through an intersection. An opposing vehicle crashed into the front passenger side and there were no injuries. The police was called to the scene. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to a collision center. The VIN was unavailable. The cause of the failure has not been determined at this time. The failure mileage was 7,700. Updated 03/12/10. The consumer stated when he approached a stop sign with adequate distance to stop, pressure was applied to the brake pedal. When the vehicle would not stop, he had to press harder to get the vehicle to stop. Updated 07/13/10.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #73

Feb 012010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Prius braking problem when going slow speeds over a bump or pothole.

- La, CA, USA

problem #72

Jan 242010


  • 1,160 miles


My Toyota pruis 2010 which I purchased on Nov.30 2009 had unexpectedly lurched forward when I was slowing down and applying the brake. I was taken by surprise and fortunately it stopped after I stepped on the brake very hard. This has happened several times already.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #71

Feb 022010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I own a 2010 Toyota Prius which was purchased in September 2009. My brakes fail to immediately stop my car when applied going over bumpy sections in the road, hitting a pothole, or when on slippery sections of the road. When hitting a bump it actually feels like the car lurches forward. The car will eventually stop after pushing the brake to the floor with force. It is very disconcerting and the potential for hitting the car in front of you or a person is very high.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #70

Feb 032010

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
Whenever I am driving and hit a pothole or bump on the road, immediately after going over the pothole or bump I feel like my Prius surges forward or speeds up. This happens whenever I am going at a constant speed or when I'm braking. It has happened since I bought the car (two months ago) but yesterday morning it scared me more because I was going over a really bad road with many bumps. As I approached a red light I began to brake early but as soon as I got close to the stop there was a bump before it and my car lunged forward causing me to stop past the white line of the stop sign. This happens all the time when I hit a pothole or bump on the road.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #69

Feb 032010


  • 3,500 miles
When my 2010 Prius goes over bumps the brakes disengage for a second or two and the car lurches forward. This has happened several times.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #68

Feb 032010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 2,350 miles
Sudden temporary loss of brakes in a 2010 Prius.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #67

Dec 172009

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Prius - brakes stop working if they are being applied when car goes over bump or uneven road service.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #66

Jan 082010


  • 14,000 miles
Applied brakes at a stop light. The Prius (purchased in July of 2009) ran over a bump, and it seemed like the brake disengaged. I removed my foot from the brake pedal and reapplied the brakes. The brakes seemed to engage and came to a stop.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #65

Jan 112010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
2010 Toyota Prius braking problem. I bought a 2010 Toyota Prius approx 4 months ago. During the approx 10000 miles I have put on the car, I have experienced a braking issue approx 5 to 6 times. Most times I was braking for a stop sign in a 30 mph zone. Once I was braking for a red light in a 45 mph zone. Each time, there was bumpy road during the braking, and the brakes released. I can't say if the car accelerated, or it just seemed that way because of the brake release. It did not cause any accidents, but once it was on a snow covered hill and I slid out into a 2 lane 50 mph highway. There was no traffic, and therefore no accident. Another time, I was stopping from 45 mph at a red light, and under braking, again on bumpy roads, the brakes released and I nearly hit the car in front of me. The brakes released enough allow me to panic and jam the brake pedal to the floor. The car stopped quickly.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #64

Jan 292010


  • 6,500 miles
My 2010 toyata Prius (purchased in Sept. 2009) has had repeated problems while braking over a patch of road with small potholes. If the brakes are engaged while over the patch of uneven road, the car lurches or "jumps" over the spot on the road and the brakes don't begin to catch until the car gets over the patch. This has happened 5-10 time over the last four months at a stop light.

- West Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #63

Nov 122009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
2010 Toyota Prius I've had at least 2 experiences where under hard braking and transitioning to different levels in road surface, the vehicle has lurched forward. When this occurred, each time, I thought I had been hit in the rear causing my vehicle to be pushed forward. I blogged other owners, and have been trying to get an answer for a few months. I saw the recent news on Prius brakes and feel this is what's happening with my 2010 Prius.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

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