really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,740 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 282016

Camry Hybrid

  • 48,036 miles


I was in my gym's parking lot and had just turned left into a parking space. I placed my foot on the brake to slow the car to a stop as it moved forward into the parking space. However, the brake pedal did not respond. Instead, the car continued driving forward on its own, and then I heard a sound of acceleration, as if the car was revving itself up to a higher speed. Thinking that the brake had not engaged, I took my foot off the pedal and placed it back on the brake pedal, stepping harder, but there was no response. At this point, with my foot still on the brake pedal, the car jumped up onto the curb while still accelerating on its own, ran over the sidewalk. Rolled up and over a two-foot hedge that ran parallel to the sidewalk, then crashed into the brick enforced concrete column at the corner of the gym building. The brick column stopped the forward momentum of the car, but left a large dent in the right side of the car's bumper that was embedded with chunks of concrete. It also dented the hood of the car, pushing it out of alignment. The airbags in the car did not deploy. I had the car towed to the local Toyota dealer and have reported my accident to Toyota headquarters. I authorized their review of my car's event data recorder and am awaiting their investigation report. This frightening accident left me very shaken. It felt as if I had no control over the car at all. It seemed as if something had taken control of the acceleration of the car and my attempts to stop the car's forward momentum by stepping on the brake had zero impact. Thank god no one was on the sidewalk or I would have killed them. These cars need to be recalled to find out what is causing this potentially deadly malfunction. They are lethal weapons on our city streets!

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 262015

Camry Hybrid

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the brake pedal was applied but the vehicle accelerated and crashed into the garage door and wall. The driver sustained chest pains from the force of the driver side air bag deploying. The front passenger sustained neck and back pains from the air bags deploying. The driver and front passenger received medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was not filed. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Tiburon, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 192014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
I was slowly accelerating into a parking space when I felt the gas pedal move away from my foot and the car lurched forward. I immediately stepped on the brakes and the car stopped. I sat for a minute to see what could have caused this unintended acceleration. Nothing was evident, so I backed into the parking space and shut the car off.

- Rehoboth, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 222014

Camry Hybrid

  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The speed and failure mileage were unknown.

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 132013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 10,505 miles
Tried multiple times to get into ready mode, checked brake lights not on with brake pedal depressed.when I used shift override, vehicle lunged backwards striking person, while brake was applied.

- Four Seasons, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 032012

Camry Hybrid

  • 8,900 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle erroneously accelerated and the brakes failed to respond, causing it to crash into another vehicle. The contact sustained injuries to the left foot, right foot and bruising to the chest. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 8,900.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

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