really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,180 miles

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2011 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2011 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Nov 202013


  • miles


Since I bought this car, I have to repair everything, and I am making the payment every month. I was told the day I bought the car that the car was clean with no accident. I found out that the car got accident

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #25

Dec 132015


  • 11,000 miles
Car excellerated out of control, causing damage to an apartment an totaling the car out.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #24

Aug 052014


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. While driving at 55 mph and attempting to decelerate, the vehicle started shaking violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the vehicle needed an alignment, the tires needed to be balanced, and the rotors were warped and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 122015


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. While driving 70 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond which caused the contact to rear end a parked vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the right side of the chest and bruises to the neck which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #22

May 032015


  • 81,000 miles
My granddaughter was driving my car. As she was approaching a stop sign she became to press on the brakes but the car wouldnt stop. She was unable to make the car slow down or stop and she ended up slamming into a van. She was bruised and scrapped up cause of the airbags and the car was totaled

- Marion, VA, USA

problem #21

Apr 122015


  • 67,000 miles
On Sunday evening April 12 I was pulling into a parking space at the holiday inn in East brunswick NJ. When I applied the break, my vehicle accelerated on its own. It jumped the curbing in front of the parking space, swiped the front of a parked vehicle and crashed into a stone birdbath in front of the hotel. Miraculously I escaped with a rather ugly bruise to my left forearm and to my right breast from seat belt pressure. My airbag did not open. I will send the police report in another email. It says I was attempting to park in a "handicapped" spot. I was not. I am not handicapped. It also says I "inadvertently" applied the gas instead of the break. I never told anyone that. I was fully awake, conscious and applied the break. I sent a data imaging authorization and consent form to [xxx]. I have to enter a plea by mail to careless driving charges by 5/18/15. I requested that holiday inn provide me with surveillance video but was told that they would "deal directly" with the insurance company. I was notified on April 27th that my vehicle has been deemed a total loss. I was notified on April 29th that the vehicle's "black box" (for lack of a better description at the moment) would be inspected on April 30th and I would received a report on May 4th. I have no idea as to where to go from here. I need help. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #20

Feb 012012


  • 68 miles


The car star to shake when braked were applied at 55 mph this happened when the car was 2 years old now shakes really bad only when the brakes are use at high speed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 312014


  • 36,724 miles
Incident on December 31, 2014 about 11:30 am in wayne, pa: At an intersection as I approached a stop sign where a car was already stopped, I applied my brakes. The car failed to stop and instead lurched forward and the engine increased. The noise was not of the brakes but of the engine roaring. As the car surged forward, I lifted my foot off of the brakes and then reapplied them pressure on the brakes. Again the car did not stop but did slow down. The third application of the brakes did stop the car just inches from the car ahead of me. The next incident occurred on January 13, 2015 when the same experience occurred. I took it to peruzzi Toyota. They could not find anything wrong with the brakes. On January 15, I took the unsafe car back to the dealership for further investigation. On January 16 after completing what they called the protocol for unintended acceleration, they "released the car" back to me having not corrected the problem. They indicated they had no further responsibility and gave me the Toyota manufacturer phone number to call. I called that number and was told a case manager would get back to me in four days. Meanwhile, I am left with an unsafe car and no recourse with the dealership.

- Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #18

Oct 132014


  • 43,000 miles
A rubbing/grinding noise was intermittently being heard from the back end during braking and, at times, during acceleration. After contacting an employee at the local Toyota dealership, I was informed that this is a common problem with the Camry and that most likely my brake pads would need to be replaced. After bringing my vehicle in for repair, I was shown on my brakes where they had become stuck and the rotors needed repair as well. If this is a common problem, then perhaps Toyota should do something about it.

- Stewartville, MN, USA

problem #17

Jan 152014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
During winter period below 30 degrees F it is necessary to apply a lot of pressure to brake pedal, it feels as if the brakes are not applying properly. This resulted in snowy condition the car slid and resulted in accident. This has occurred multiple times, in cold weather.

- Great Neck, NY, USA

problem #16

Nov 232013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 1,115,201 miles


New brakes were put on my car on 11/23/13. A short time later, I was approaching a red light and began to slow down. Upon doing so the ABS system kicked in and when I applied my foot to the breaks they would not work. As I approached the intersection, I made a sharp right 90 degree turn to avoid going through the red light as the vehicle would not stop and I would have been in a terrible accident. The road was not wet but it had rained earlier in the day and the road was dry. I returned vehicle to dealer and was told they could not repeat the situation and everything was okay. They told me that even if the road is dry once it rains, the road can still have particles on it that cause the ABS to kick in. This continued to happen intermittently about once a month. In the past month, it has happened every few days. My son was driving the car in late Feb. And he went over a very small pile of leaves that would not warrant the ABS to kick in. He too was almost involved in a wreck. Car went back to dealer but dealer can find what was wrong. The ABS severely reacts when it should not be doing so. The ABS is engaging when it should not be doing so. If one goes over a road that is barely wet or a small patch of drive leaves, as I did the other night, the ABS kicks in and locks up the car. When I touch on the breaks lightly coming to a stop, there are no breaks and then they suddenly grab really hard. Breaks feel like air is in the line. This did not occur until they put new breaks in my car at 30,000 miles. In addition, the transmission is whining, shifting roughly and not shifting when it is supposed to. My vehicle has been at the dealership for over a week and they said they will be keeping it at least until this coming wed. When a Toyota field inspector will be coming to inspect the car.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #15

Feb 102014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 21,021 miles
ABS indicator and slip indicator lights came on. Took it to the dealer and was told that my ABS actuator/steering angle sensor needs to be replaced at a cost of $3400. I only have 21000 miles on the car. I was wondering if there are other 2011 Camry's with this problem.

- Lomita, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 042013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Driving down rd went to brake wouldn't stop steering threw us in a ditch-field hit a sign still could not stop.

- Newton, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 232013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 33,497 miles
The brakes were making noise. Took in the car to a local automotive brake shop and they said the rear brakes were hanging up. The right rear brake pads were discolored. The right rear calipers had black material on the inside next to the pads. The pads and calipers on both rear tires were replaced. You can tell the difference after the work was completed.

- Menasha, WI, USA

problem #12

Aug 162013


  • 15,300 miles
I was slowly pulling into a parking space adjacent to the putting green at my condominium. My foot was on the brake pedal when the car suddenly surged forward, jumped the curb, and hit a concrete bench placed at the edge of the green. The brake did not work. The impact was so forceful it destroyed the bench, and the car had to be jacked up to get it off a large piece of concrete. Thank goodness the golfer was not close to the car. The car was subsequently repaired for $2,410.58 in damages. Being afraid that this "sudden acceleration" would occur again, I traded the car in for a different brand. Because of "frame damage" (which goes to show the force and speed of impact), I only received $10,000 for my trade-in instead of the $14,000 blue book/edmunds/nada value.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 202013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Driving on the freeway and applying brakes there is a strong pulsing and vibration in the car and makes slowing down unstable. Brakes were just checked and are fine according to the dealer. Since car was new, there is a loud knock that dealer says is ABS system resetting when you start car. Also tires wear out much too fast which dealer says is a common problem with Camry SE due to tuning of suspension, as well has causing rapid wearing of brake rotors.

- Rosamond, CA, USA

problem #10

May 192013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
I experienced a situation with brake no responses after I step brake several times and felt like car accelerating on May 19th, Sunday afternoon on a highway with Camry 2011. It was raining and the dealer customer service told me it could happen"?. the dealer checked the data and let a field technician checked, then told me when I was trying to pump the brake to reduce speed, the car smartly let the ABS system engaged in to avoid locking the wheel, which is the reason what I was feeling brake did not response and accelerating. But I acted so quickly to turn the car onto the highway curb to avoid crash into the front car, after several days check the dealer confirmed with me the Camry functioned nothing wrong and it was nothing to do with the quality recall regarding the Toyota accelerator issue! maybe it is true, but at least they did not convince me why brakes system did not work once ABS engaged. I think there must be a bug in the electronic device ABS system causing brakes no pressure no response at all during that critical moment. How dealer can not find anything wrong like that in my Camry 2011 ?"

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 152013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Vehicle was being driven on a dirt road, going around a corner, the vehicle did not slow down and went off the road and skidded alongside the road for about 30 ft. The vehicle then hit a few small stumps, still without slowing down, and finally slammed into a large tree. The impact in which the car hit the tree was so strong that the back end of the car rose up into the air and stayed in that vertical position. Only the tail lights were still visible from the road after the car slammed into the tree and stopped. If the tree hadn't been hit, the car would have continued down the hillside into the bottom of a ravine, about another 40 ft. The entire front drivers side was shoved almost to the windshield and not one of the airbags deployed. The entire drivers side of the motor and hood were destroyed, the battery was crushed and leaking acid everywhere and was sitting behind the front tire and the hood was "V" shaped and pushed into the windshield. There were no skid marks so clearly the brakes weren't functioning properly either, also the speed in which the vehicle went into the tree shows that the acceleration was faulty because the vehicle wouldn't slow down. The drivers face slammed into the steering wheel and broke her nose and received a possible concussion because the airbags failed to deploy, along with numerous bruises and scratches. The damage is so severe that the car is a total loss but still we are left wondering why the airbags didn't go off. If the driver hadn't been wearing her seatbelt, it is very likely that she would have been thrown straight through the windshield and it would have been a fatality. We have pictures of the vehicle and the scene of the accident to show just how serious and dangerous this is. We would like to have answers as to why a vehicle with such high crash test ratings would fail to provide adequate safety to the driver.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #8

Jun 142012

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
There was a loud engine running all of sudden and the car took off by itself. It was very quick spurt of acceleration and slamming on brake did not slow down the car. The car was totally uncontrollable. The car ran over side walk and rammed into the school fence. My car was totaled. It was Toyota's "sudden acceleration" defect happened to me.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 242012


  • 37,000 miles
A very very bad burning smell is coming from the brakes. I smell it everytime I get out of my car. Started a few weeks ago.

- Union, NJ, USA

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