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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,366 miles

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2007 Toyota Yaris brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Yaris Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 312013

Yaris 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles


ABS and brake sensors are faulty. ABS not working.

- Dunellen, NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 222013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Toyota Yaris. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brakes failed and the steering locked. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained burns on the chest, a cut on the lip, and a bruised right arm and leg. Medical attention was received. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V169000 (seats). The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #10

Apr 142014


  • 107,000 miles
As I was driving this past winter the ABS required maintenance and parking brake came illuminated at the same time. I thought it might have been a frozen connector since the winter has been very cold and bad this year. The speed sensor pig tail and the rear wheel bearing went out. This part was coroded and full of dirt and grime. Even the wires were disengrated. This has happened to other Yaris owners to that I have read on here. This should be a recall. Aproximate cost of fixing this problem is $600.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 032006


  • 4 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph the vehicle's brakes malfunctioned causing the vehicle to drive into the intersection nearly crashing into a second vehicle. The contact also stated that while driving the vehicle in the snow or rain and applying the brakes to stop the vehicle, the vehicle would continue to skid and the driver had to pump the brake pedal multiple times before the vehicle would stop. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer and the contact was informed that there was no defect in the brakes. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 4. jft

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Feb 032014

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 54,595 miles
Drove car to train station during snow storm. Vehicle sat parked all day. Cleaned off snow that evening and began drive home. Several minutes into trip both ABS and brake lights illuminated. Checked parking brake and found to be not engaged. Pumped brakes and appeared normal operation. Later checked brake fluid and again appeared normal level. Both lights stayed constantly illuminated for three days. Currently both lights collectively alternate between on and off during vehicle operation.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 022014

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Both the parking brake and anti-lock brake system [ABS] indicator lights illuminated while driving and with the parking brake not engaged. The lights remained illuminated. Upon inspection of the rear skid control sensor and skid control sensor wire [part of the ABS], I found both the passenger and driver's side assemblies to be very wet and dirty with mud both inside and outside the electrical connector between the wire and the sensor itself on the hub assembly. On the driver's side, the electrical connector pins were badly corroded. So much so, in fact, that one of the pins was broken and partially disintegrated. With the connection being corroded and broken, the ABS will not function. The electrical connectors for the skid control sensor are not protected by any sort of guard or boot, they're just regular, plastic-housing connectors with no waterproofing, yet they're in a location on the vehicle which is very much exposed to rain, snow, mud, etc. During normal driving conditions. The connectors are very vulnerable to corrosion and damage from the elements being exposed in this way and their premature failure due to this exposure causes a loss of a safety feature of the vehicle, the ABS.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 022014

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


The ABS sensors on both back tires failed spontaneously (determined upon obd code reading from service station) resulting in the dashboard 'brake' and 'ABS' lights illuminating intermittently. Since this spontaneous failure ABS would activate at inappropriate times and at other times fail to activate when it should have. This created a major potential safety issue.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 272013


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the contact applied the brake pedal repeatedly and there was an extreme delayed response. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer four times for the failure and on each occasion, a lube application was applied to the rear brakes. Additionally, the parking brake would not function upon engaging. The failure persisted and the vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage 75,000.

- Edeina, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 142013


  • 78,000 miles
One week ago my ABS and brake light came on shortly after I had turned the car on. The light comes on and goes off at random intervals. On three occasions in the past two days, the brakes have vibrated and triggered the ABS when I have pressed. Upon researching further, I have found numerous complaints on this website and several online forums that cite this same issue with the 2007 Toyota Yaris.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 042013

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
Brake and ABS lights on and Toyota knew this was caused by speed sensor corrosion. Which disabled the ABS system. Called the dealer but they asked me to call Toyota. I called Toyota, they said problems were not the defect and refused to provide any solutions, asked me to dealer for repair. The Toyota case number is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 292012

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 44,792 miles
There is a well-known defect on Toyota Yaris models (usa model years 2007 to present) that occasionally in cold, snowy weather, the rear ABS connector will have debris 'gunk up' the connection, disabling the ABS - obviously a very huge safety issue in the winter. There are many well-documented situations of this and threads on dating from 2008 until today ( The fix appears to be straightforward and inexpensive; however Toyota has not issued a recall for this, has no permanent fix for the issue, and will not even complete the temporary fix for owners. This is unacceptable as the safety risk is large.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Dec 192009


  • 45,000 miles
The ABS light would start coming on from time to time. It would stay on for days at a time (during which time I had no ABS), then go off for no reason. The brake pedal started to shudder and vibrate whether or not I was touching it. If it happened to be vibrating while I was actually braking, brake power would be heavily reduced. This has caused me to have to swerve out of the way several times so I don't rear-end someone. This has happened every winter since 2009, and has not gone off since last winter (2011/2012). Many other Yaris owners have complained of this same problem happening. Many attribute it to one or both of the rear wheel sensors. Some have had this replaced for many hundreds of dollars by Toyota; while it fixes the problem for a while, the new sensor becomes faulty within a couple of years (absurdly short amount of time). I believe this is due to water infiltrating the speed sensor. A recall should be made to replace the rear wheel sensors with ones that have better water protection. Toyota has since redesigned the rear wheel sensors on the new Yaris, but fails to offer a recall on the many thousands of dangerous Yaris' on the road.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

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