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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Toyota Yaris brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Toyota Yaris Owner Comments

problem #5

May 022015


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Yaris. While depressing the brake pedal at 35 mph, the vehicle failed to respond and the ABS warning light illuminated. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a concussion and upper back pain that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed; however, the body damage was repaired. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V168000 (air bags) and 14V169000 (seats). The parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle hesitated to stop without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- West Port, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 132014


  • 65,000 miles
I braked to avoid hitting an animal which emerged from the ditch. The car fishtailed, lost control and flipped once landing on it's top. The driver's side was damaged and the insurance company totaled the car. I did hit my head against the driver's side window, but the blow was not severe. My concern is that the side airbag did not deploy. The anti-lock brakes did not work either and have only worked intermittently for quite some time.

- Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 142012

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The ABS is not working.

- Pompano Bch, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 192009

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I was decelerating on a downhill shortened exit ramp, going from 70 mph to a stop within approximately 500 feet. When I applied the brakes, it felt as if the brakes were "metal to metal" and the vehicle barely stopped before hitting the vehicle in front of me. Since that time, the same type of incident has occurred 3 more times, always when decelerating rapidly. (when decelerating at a slow rate of speed, they work fine.) I have had the brakes checked, but they said they were "normal". they certainly are not!

- Hardin, KY, USA

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