really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,486 miles

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2006 Toyota Prius brakes problems

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2006 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #63

Dec 112007


  • 10,000 miles


Accident occurred in 2007. I was driving in moderate traffic on a two lane road. A car, two cars ahead of me, slammed on their brakes, and forced everyone else to quickly brake. I also slammed on my brakes, to avoid a collision. My brakes failed to respond in time, and resulted in my rear ending an SUV in front of me. The accident caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage to the front end of the car. No air bags were deployed.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #62

Apr 102007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius which was purchased in September 2006. He stated that while driving at speeds of less than 40 mph approaching a stop sign he removed his foot from the accelerator pedal, instead of slowing down the vehicle maintained the speed it was traveling. He then depressed the brake pedal and the brakes would not respond. There was no resistance in the brake pedal and it then it extended to the floorboard. The speed decreased slowly and he continued to push the brake pedal into the floorboard until the vehicle eventually came to a stop. The dealer advised him that there was nothing wrong with the pedal or the brakes and that he should remove the floor mats from the vehicle. The floor mats were not close enough to the brake or accelerator pedal when the failure occurred. No repairs have been made to the vehicle. On two additional occasions, the contact experienced the same failure. He also received a letter from Toyota in regards to a recall campaign id number: 09V388000, vehicle speed control accelerator pedal, however, he was not aware if his vehicle was included in the recall or not. The VIN was not accepted. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #61

Feb 172010


  • 8,035 miles
1) steering wheel/shaft appears to be improperly supported; feels loose when turning lock to lock since new. Have brought to the attention of four (4) Toyota dealers when service performed (have taken to Toyota for all service work since new), all have advised that there is "nothing wrong" with the vehicle. It is the only vehicle we have ever owned that has this sense of disconnect and potential for a much more serious issue were there ever a steering failure. 2) over rough roads (when vehicle was driven in seattle and bellevue, wa) when stopping, the ABS system seems to activate prematurely and increase stopping distances. We have other vehicles with ABS brakes which do not activate so readily and stop so slowly. As it relates to incident date(s): Since new, vehicle purchased November 2005.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #60

Feb 142010


  • 24,400 miles


I was traveling about 25 mph on a side street during broad daylight. I applied my brakes to stop but the car continued to roll forward. The brake pedal did not depress to the floor - rather it just remained in the normal depressed condition and did not stop the car at all. I then pumped the brake and it finally engaged on the third try although I was already thru the stop sign and into the intersection. Luckily, there were no cars ahead of me nor was there any cross traffic at the intersection. There was no snow or ice on the ground. My car is a 2006 Toyota Prius with 24,400 miles traveled at the time of the incident. It was purchased in July of 2006. A follow up check of the brakes on Tuesday at a local Toyota dealer on the 16th resulted in the following" "checked for diagnostic codes - everything fine." Hardly calming. The pad wear indicator was not displayed.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #59

Dec 242009


  • 3,000 miles
NHTSA id: 193333 I understand that the Japanese government is investigating a braking issue on 2010 priuses -- involving slipping or surging forward when the brakes are applied. This is not unique to the 2010 model; our 2006 Prius slips in the same way, under the same circumstances: When the driver brakes at slow speeds on a wet surface like a light rail track, or goes over bumps or into potholes while braking. It feels as if there are no brakes, and the car lurches forward. This has happened only on flat streets -- never on hills. The problem occurs about twice a month. In conversations about this problem, the Toyota dealer tells me any vehicle will do this, but the anomaly is one I have never experienced in any other car I've owned, including 2 Toyota. In other words, nothing has been done to address this situation, because the dealers say there is no defect. "approximate incident date" question below makes no sense, because this is a recurring problem. Also, "mileage" information is useless, since this has happened dozens of times.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #58

Feb 152010


  • 80,000 miles
Brakes seem to fade or release upon stopping at a stop sign. It feels like the brake just gives up for a second. This has happened numerous times. I originally thought the road was slick but it has happened 20 times. I used the yesterdays date since.

- Brandon, 00, USA

problem #57

Jan 162006


  • 500 miles


When driving on roads that are curved, when changing lanes, or on streets that are wet, the car feels unbalanced, and requires a quick steering adjustment to regain normal operation. Incidents like these occur too frequently, at least three times a week, and when they occur, the vehicle's red skid light is illuminated (I suppose it is related to this model's anti-skid and/or traction control feature that was not standard equipment). Traction control was an optional feature that the dealerships offered in more expensive packages of the 2006 Prius bundled together with other items that were not related to driving safety, which made the packages unnecessarily expensive, and was a factor in my decision to not opt for this upgrade. However, given the frequency of occurrence, I felt the need to report this in case other drivers are experiencing similar issues. The date I have selected corresponds to the purchase date of the vehicle, not to any particular incident or accident, as this is a recurring problem. Fyi, tires, brakes, steering, and alignment have all been checked and maintained as per Toyota's suggested guidelines.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #56

Feb 132010


  • 51,873 miles
I drive a 2006 Toyota Prius. I have experienced odd skid-like behavior while applying the brakes on bumpy roads or loose gravel. Most notably this happens at low and decelerating velocities (maybe 15 mph?) when the vehicle encounters broken pavement or loose gravel. It is often associated with the Prius' 'slippery surface' icon on the dash being lit. When this occurs it feels like the brakes do not function for a brief period. I have not had an accident as a result, but the experience has occurred at least 4 times over the four months I've owned it. Also, the front hid headlamps flicker on and off periodically making it dangerous to drive at night. I will report these problems to Toyota and based on the high volume of identical complaints I believe they should cover the cost of fixing these problems.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #55

Jan 312010


  • 130,000 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Prius. I have experienced the same problem as described in the 2010 Toyota Prius brake recall on multiple occasions. "the anti-lock braking causes the car to have an "inconsistent brake feel" during slow and steady application of the brakes on rough or slippery surfaces. The ABS is operating as it's supposed to." I have not been in a situation where it has caused or almost caused an accident, but it would only take one time. Please look into addressing this issue.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #54

Feb 272006


  • miles
Lose brakes momentarily when they are applied on an uneven surface such as railroad tracks, pot holes etc. ABS light flashes then braking returns as long as brake pedal stays depressed. This has occurred from the time I bought my car and I thought it was just a function of ABS brakes until I saw the description of the 2010 Prius recall.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #53

Feb 082010


  • 100 miles


I have a 2006 Toyota Prius that when applying the brakes if I hit a bump, the car feels like it "speeds up" and looses control. This is a consistent problem I've had since we purchased our Prius in 2006. I've also filed a complaint with Toyota itself.

- Spencer, NY, USA

problem #52

Jan 282010


  • 45,000 miles
I have experienced the same braking issue described in the media on my 2006 Toyota Prius. The brake system appears to fail momentarily when slowing and braking on uneven surfaces. This occurs routinely (weekly) when turning a specific corner in my neighborhood, where the road is uneven. The incident date listed below is the most recent date.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #51

Feb 052010


  • 48,252 miles
If I hit a pot hole or bump while slowing down the brakes feel like the car is sliding.

- Fort Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #50

Feb 092010


  • 160,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Prius exhibits the same loss of braking on rough surfaces that has been reported for the 2010 Prius. I have noticed this on many occasions, when braking a low, city-driving speeds. When I hit a bump, there is a loss of braking. It feels like the car "slips" forward for a moment. I have not experienced this at higher speeds, nor has it resulted in a dangerous driving situation, so I have not thought to report it previously. However, with the announcement of the 2010 Prius recall, I am concerned that there has been absolutely no mention of the braking problem in prior year models. I am sure that there many other owners of the 2006 Prius who have experienced the same lack of braking.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 032009


  • 76,000 miles
I drive a 2006 Toyota Prius. I have experienced odd skid-like behavior while applying the brakes on bumpy roads or loose gravel. Most notably this happens at low and decelerating velocities (maybe 15 mph?) when the vehicle encounters broken pavement or loose gravel. It is often associated with the Prius' 'slippery surface' icon on the dash being lit. When this occurs it feels like the brakes do not function for a brief period. I have not had an accident as a result, but the experience has occurred at least 4-5 times over the year I've owned it. Most of the times that it has happened have been at the same intersection.

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #48

Jan 242010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle lost complete power, shut off and she had no control over the vehicle; however, she was able to restart it within five minutes. She took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the vehicle needed a new battery which she purchased and installed. Two weeks later, the failure occurred again. She took the vehicle to a second dealer who performed a diagnostics test which a code produced cited that a brake problem occurred. She called the manufacturer and a representative stated that they would notify her. On 3 occasions, when the vehicle was parked, the lights would flash on and off then the horn would honk for about a minute. The vehicle had not been repaired to-date. The current mileage was approximately 57,000. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000.

- Samson, AL, USA

problem #47

Feb 092010


  • 87,865 miles
This is about the 2006 Prius. If I am braking and hit a bump, the car momentarily losing braking power and does not slow down until the brakes kick in again. I have described this problem to two other generation II Prius owners and they have said they experience the same thing, one an elderly gentleman yesterday. I will put today's date because I can make it happen every day coming down a hill with some old roadwork on it. I reported this to the dealer first in 2007. Nothing was done.

- North Stonington, CT, USA

problem #46

Feb 082010


  • 28,000 miles
When applying the brakes gently, on a modest downgrade, braking effects stops for a second or two then kicks in hard. The anti-skid braking light flickers on the instrument panel. This happens to me consistently at the same location near our home: Northbound, right-lane, on 10th ave E, approaching E. roanoke St in seattle. I have come to expect it now, and take measures to be extra cautious etc. It should not happen. It is a safety defect. It is more likely to happen if I hit a bumpy patch of pavement at the time.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #45

Feb 072010


  • 0 miles
When I drive over pot holes or uneven surfaces and apply my brakes, they disengage for a second or two before re-engaging, causing my vehicle to surge forward momentarily. This has happened since I bought the car new, and occurs at all speeds. I asked the Toyota service department to fix it, but they said they couldn't recreate the problem, so had no way of fixing it (even though I explained in detail what was happening). Again, this problem happens on a daily basis, and was reported to Toyota.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #44

Feb 052010


  • 45 miles
I own a second generationprius (2006), and it has the same brake symptoms that are being described by the owners of the 3rd generation model. When I apply the brakes while going over a rough surface, the brakes do not engage for a second or two. This has been the case since I purchased the car new, and I thought it was just a quirky characteristic of the hybrid, so I have learned to compensate by giving myself an unusually large distance between me and the car ahead of me. This doesn't always work, as people cut in front of me when the gap is large. I have not been in an accident, but there have been several near-misses with me almost rear-ending the person in front of me due to this brake problem. I hope the NHTSA is looking at all models of the Prius for this defect. In my form below, I checked air and hydraulic brakes because there is not an option for anti-lock brakes on the drop down box.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

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