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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,586 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Toyota Sienna brakes problems

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2013 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 212016

Sienna

  • 72,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Sienna. After starting the vehicle, it independently accelerated. In addition, all the warning indicators illuminated, the steering wheel seized, and the brakes did not function. The vehicle was able to stop after the emergency brake was applied. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 72,000.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #5

May 302016

Sienna

  • 31,000 miles
I bought my Sienna 12/27/2012. In October 2014 while driving home from lake Tahoe, the car began shaking violently while traveling down hill. Upon returning home the car continued to shake anytime the brakes were applied. Took the car to the dealer and they said the rotors were warped and needed to be replaced. The car had $15K miles on it. This is unheard of. In July 2014 Toyota issued T-sb-0045-14 relating to this issue and recommended a "shim kit" as a repair. This was also added to my car. In may of 2016 while traveling down the grapevine from la the car again began to violently shake. Took the car back. Again, 15K miles and the rotors are warped and now we need new tires and back brakes too. My family has owed 14 Toyota and we have never replaced rotors twice at 31,000 miles! there is clearly something wrong with the braking system of this car that is causing it to eat through brakes, rotors, and tires and the "fix" that Toyota has come up with is not fixing the problem!!

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 232015

Sienna

  • 50,000 miles
Brakes locked up while trying to leave a parking lot. Many warning lights came on including vsc, ABS, and traction control and the computer said needs immediate service. The Toyota service manager said they've never seen this and that the actuator needs replaced. I've noted that there are 2 other instances of this issue and hope that this safety issue will be investigated. The NHTSA campaign number: 14V054000 that discusses: "an electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the vehicle stability control (vsc) system, antilock brake system (ABS), and traction control system." I've had this happen three times over the past four months. I've taken it to the shop and they've reset the code and could not find the issue. It keeps coming back. I believe the 14V054000 needs to be expanded to include my vehicle

- Lutherville-Timonium, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 012015

Sienna

  • 15,517 miles

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

August 1 2015: Driving straight and level, about 30 mph began to slow to turn and the brakes would not work. Peddle was soft, unsure if it went all the way to the floor. Pumping the brake did not have any noticeable effect. Needed to use pull off into a parking lot. Turned off the ignition and used the parking brake to stop. After a few minutes, everything seemed to be working normally again and drove home (about 3-4 miles) without further incident. Contacted dealership (vehicle still under warranty) and was told there are no current recalls on my vehicle and to bring the car in on Monday (incident occurred on a Saturday) for examination.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 092015

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Winter rear brake freeze up. Took the van to northtown Toyota today & was told by the service tech. That the van can't be washed in winter because it causes the rear brakes to freeze up. This has to be a manufacturing or design defect. We live in niagara falls, NY & the van gets extremely dirty in winter & needs washing regularly.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 152013

Sienna

  • 93,000 miles
I've just finished reading the NHTSA campaign number: 14V054000 that discusses: "an electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the vehicle stability control (vsc) system, antilock brake system (ABS), and traction control system." I've had this happen three times over the past four months. I've taken it to the shop and they've reset the code and could not find the issue. It keeps coming back. I believe the 14V054000 needs to be expanded to include my vehicle.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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