really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,305 miles

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2006 Toyota Prius brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jan 112007


  • 1,000 miles


Insufficient braking when a pot hole or a puddle is hit. Also the car "slips" when driving over wet surfaces.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 042009


  • 46,000 miles
In Oct 2009 the yellow warning lights for the brakes came on in my 2006 Toyota Prius. Dealer said they recalibrated the ABS sensor. Then in Dec 2009, the car would not brake properly and seemed to skid forward before the brakes would engage. Happened numerous times in one trip and so I brought it to the dealer that day. They reproduced the problem and said they made some type of fix to the ABS system. Also said if it happened again they would put the money I had spent thus far (about $130) towards future repairs. The problem has not occurred again since then (a month ago) but I am afraid this problem may be related to problems others are having with their Toyota not stopping.

- Northfield, VT, USA

problem #3

May 142009


  • 390,000 miles
I own a 2006 Prius which I was driving at low speed in a left turn behind a freight truck. As I approached the rear of the truck I applied the brake. The brake pedal depressed in the normal fashion, however, there was no response from the vehicle -- it continued to move forward with no change in speed. Immediately aware that something was wrong, I quickly and methodically 1) visually confirmed that my foot was on the brake and that there was nothing obstructing the pedal, 2) checked my peripheral vision to confirm that I was indeed moving forward rather than the truck ahead of me moving backward and 3) placed both feet on the brake at full force and held firm while quickly visually checking that my feet were in fact on the brake. I also checked the dashboard to confirm that the car was on and in a normal "drive" gear. At last, it was too late and I smashed into the back of the truck, still with both feet on the brake. The truck driver emerged from the cab, a bit shaken but not hurt. His truck was not harmed as I hit a heavy metal frame that was attached to the back of the truck. The hood of my car was dented and scraped. In response, I removed the car from traffic, cancelled the meeting I was on the way to and slowly drove a very short distance to my employer's parking lot and parked the car. I called the nearest Toyota dealer, explained that the brakes failed and, at the dealers recommendation, called their towing service to take the car to their service department. The service department examined the brakes and "found nothing wrong with the vehicle 'at this time.'" their diagnostic testing could not determine the cause. And, since they were unable to duplicate the situation, they are taking no responsibility for the brake failure. The car is still at the dealer as I do not feel it is safe to drive.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Dec 192008


  • 52,000 miles
I believe that I experienced a brake failure. I was driving on a snowy local road. I do not know my exact speed, but I estimate it was about 30 mph (speed limit is 45 mph). I saw a car driving slowly in front of me and I tried to brake from about half a block away and was unable to do so. I put my foot on the pedal as hard as I could but it didn't seem to have any effect. Because I was unable to brake, I ended up hitting the car in front of me. After the accident, I distinctly remember looking at my feet to confirm that I had my foot on the brake and not the accelerator, and I had, indeed, had my foot on the correct pedal. There was little damage to the other car (mostly a broken fender, I believe). My car experienced considerable damage to a headlight, wheel, door and a bit to the engine, but was repaired. The service technician showed me that my front tires were a bit low on tread (but not completely bald). The rear tires had been changed within the last two months.

- Belle Mead, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 012008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
Had a minor front end accident with my Toyota Prius hybrid. Lost all brakes and could not turn off the power and stop after 10 minutes. I had to drive around an empty site in circles during this time. This was witnessed by a police officer, thinking I was crazy driving in circles. Had this happened in city blocks, many injuries or even deaths would have occurred. Any similar complain previously?

- E. Setauket, NY, USA

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