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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,652 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jul 302018


  • 66,000 miles


Our 2012 Camry SE had approximately 66,000 miles when the brake problem occurred. I was the driving vehicle on the highway on 7/30/18 going 55 mph when I heard an whistling sound for 2-3 minutes. When I arrived at my destination 10 miles from my home I smelt a burning smell which seemed to come from the left rear wheel. When I touched the wheel it was very hot and would have burned my hand if I left it there. I drove home later and the same thing occurred. I threw some water on it and a cloud of steam arose. I called my mechanic who said it was most likely a stuck disc brake caliber and that he had seen the problem before on 2012 & 2013 Camry. The mechanic diagnosed the problem as a seized caliber piston which required the replacement of the left rear caliber, pads and rotor for over $500. My concern is that I have never had a safety problem like this occur in any vehicle never mind a fairly new Camry which passed a safety inspection at Toyota as part of an oil change on 2/20/18 when the vehicle had 63,253 miles. In my opinion there is a defect in the design or in the quality of the brake system which could lead to a brake system fire or brake failure.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #41

May 282018


  • 132,000 miles
On 5/24/18 at 1435 in Chicago il, my 2012 Toyota Camry fully accelerated through ongoing traffic after lightly depressing the pedal to move forward the brakes did not work and I had to maneuver through oncoming traffic into a grass area across the street to slow down but coming down on the other side hitting another vehicle. Chicago police dept report #jb-282363

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #40

Dec 292017


  • 120,000 miles
December 29th at 3:00 a.M my wife and I was going to the atm in granger tx. As I approached a sharp curve I went to apply the brake to slow down and the car speeded up hit the culvert and went airborne. We came down on a boulder and somehow we managed to drive back to my brother in laws. The airbags did not go off. I have severe whiplash, I cracked my L1 and injured my side and back. My wife's head hit the side window so hard she had a concussion knots and bruises on her head. She has bruises on her right shoulder, hit her knee and leg. If we had not been wearing seat belts we would have died. If our airbags had worked we would not have been hurt as bad as we are. My wife's glasses are bent and my watch is broke. I am sending pictures to prove the airbags did not work. Not sur what the odometer reading is because I am afraid to turn the car on since there is no longer no oil or antifreeze.

- St. Francisville, LA, USA

problem #39

Sep 012017


  • 45,000 miles


Shift lever locks in place.. break light, traction light, ABS light all are on... have to pump the break pedal to release the shift lever... turning the car off and back on sometimes will reset the lights..

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #38

May 132017


  • 61,380 miles
Shift lever locked in park position. Shift lever release button had to be pressed to release lever and reverse out of parking stall. Once vehicle was in motion the stability control, ABS, and parking brake lights remained illuminated until vehicle was shut off.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #37

May 122017


  • 61,300 miles
Shift lever locked in park position, could not shift to reverse out of parking stall. Had to press shift lock release button to shift to reverse. Then once vehicle was in motion the stability control, ABS, and parking brake lights​ remained illuminated. The shift lever locked on 4 separate occasions that day. The release button had to be pressed every time. The lights remained illuminated whenever vehicle was running.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #36

Jul 072016


  • miles


ABS, brake light came

- Cooksville, MD, USA

problem #35

May 172016


  • 81,350 miles
This situation have been going on for a month. When I have sitting at a light or on idle. My trac, ABS and brake light continue to come on every other week or so. I have seen this complaint before from other Camry's owner online. When they go to the dealership, they tell them it is a sensor. But it is never resolved. Can anybody tell me what is going on with the car? I only had this car for a year. This is scary for me due to me having 2 kids.

- Brighton, AL, USA

problem #34

Aug 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was lightly depressed and the vehicle suddenly accelerated and caused the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The contact applied force to the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to surge forward. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occasions where the failure was unable to be determined, but stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The dealer updated the software for the computer and provided a usb with technical diagnosis information. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #33

Sep 162015


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving 32 mph, the brakes were applied and the vehicle accelerated rapidly without warning. The contact stated that she could not stop the vehicle and crashed into a trailer. The vehicle was destroyed. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a fractured sternum and her husband had contusions in his rib cage. Medical attention was required. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,000. Updated 1/15/16

- Glide, OR, USA

problem #32

Mar 062015


  • 39,521 miles


The tire pressure tends to fluctuate often requiring weekly air check to maintain the proper psi. The driver front tire psi cold will read 36, front pass 34, rear drive R35, rear pass at 36, when the tires heat up after appx. 38 mile out and you check the psi it will read 39, 39. 36,37, or at time you may get 39,37.39.F you have to come to a stop light, sudden stop, or a stop at night on a non familiar road like I had to in the rain on a uneven road the vehicles tail end tends to slide to the left and the front end feels as if you hit a pot hole do to slight wear and tear groves in the road that don't become apparent until your on that 1 to 2 feet section in the road. Is this a common complaint with any others or am I over being over concerned with the drive performance on uneven pavement or roads. My concern is the abuse on the brake components, the steering, the tires, fuel consumption and keeping control of your vehicle. Is it a computer problem, wheel component, tires, or me or all of the above. I purchased my Toyota for durability, efficacy, and my family safety on the road.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #31

May 152015


  • 29,000 miles
On the commute to work in stop and go traffic I was in line with several other cars. As they began to accelerate, I also began to accelerate up to about 20 mph when one of the cars in the front of the line stopped to make a turn all the cars infront of me also stopped and as I went to also stop the brake pedal would not push down at all, failing to engage the brakes causing my car to drive into the back of the stopped car in front of me, resulting in major front end damage. The airbag did not deploy in the accident.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #30

Mar 312015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
3/31/2015 7:05 am after I pressed the gas pedal to turn in my driveway, the car just took off. I braked and it would not stop. I ran into the right front corner of my garage, through my neighbors front yard on the right of my house. As I sped through my neighbors yard I mowed down a small tree. I then crossed the street and went over the sidewalk and stopped short of the subdivision lake. The air bag did not deploy.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #29

Mar 022015


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving out of gas service station at approximately 10 mph, the brake system failed to engage causing the contact to crash into a fence. There were no injuries reported and no police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,500.

- Boothwyn, PA, USA

problem #28

Feb 102015


  • 40,473 miles
On this date I brought the vehicle to henricks of Toyota of apex because when backing slowing with vehicle and touching the brakes it would make noise as if the calipers were loose. The mechanic stated he could not hear anything, so then I asked him to come with me while I drive it. We were on an incline backing and I pushed the brakes and he stated the noise that he couldn't hear, he hears now and stated that the brakes are loose in there and that is normal because it if was tighter in there then it would make squealing noise and that with the moisture that rust can build up in there and cause that noise. I had [xxx] document on my copy of the invoice. I will be calling the nc state attorney generals office, Consumer Affairs to file a written complaint because it should not be making any noise. There had been another dealer in the area that did not want to back up their bumper to bumper warranty and the attorney general had taken the dealer to court and won a judgment for the customers and they had to pay up! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raleigh , NC, USA

problem #27

Oct 082014


  • 35,872 miles
There is a noise in the front wheels or when brakes are applied from forward to reverse, it makes a clicking sound that can be heard inside the vehicle when applying the brakes. Dealer has checked it or listened to the noise and says it is normal. It is still worried some as to what will happen in a emergency.

- Great Bend, KS, USA

problem #26

Sep 052014


  • 36,500 miles
I was told by Toyota that is normal now for the brake actuator to perform a test once the car changes gears from first to second gear. The actuator makes a grinding/odd noise no matter how many times you hit the brakes or go into different gears. I demonstrated this issue with Toyota in person and then was left for 3 days. After the Toyota dealership opened a ticket with Toyota technical support, it is now deemed "normal" everyday you start your car and when the car switches to second gear, "it is the brake actuator pressurize and performing it's test". the sound heard is normal. Given there has been so many issues with Toyota and their actuators. I hope they have deemed my brake actuator as safe because from what I have read in the news, a faulty brake actuator is very unsafe. I have called up Toyota care who said "we only rely and trust what are technicians say". Toyota better have their story straight because they have had a bad record in the past with safety issues.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #25

Aug 152014


  • 24,000 miles
While my husband was driving, the truck in front of him came to a stop to allow for another vehicle turning. When my husband attempted to stop, the brakes when right to the floor. He attempted to brake again and it finally caught, but too late. The sudden braking caused the car's nose to lower, under the truck's tailgate as he hit the truck in front of him. The car may be totaled which we should find out in a couple of days.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #24

Jul 272014

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,221 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the driver pulled into a parking lot and was unable to apply the brakes and crashed into a divider. There was no injuries or a police report. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,221. Updated 10/02/14 updated 3/3/2015

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #23

Jul 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,190 miles
This is the third time this has happened ! I went to stop for the light and the brakes go to the floor..

- Hopkinsville , KY, USA

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