pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
117,200 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace brake booster and booster pump assemblies (7 reports)
2010 Toyota Prius brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 012024

Prius II 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,200 miles


Until now we loved our 2010 Prius. The traction control. brake and ABS lights all came on and I read online complaints with this same symptom. I took it to my local (Toyota North Charlotte) dealer and was charged $175 to diagnose the issue. I was told the part alone was in excess of 2K and labor would be approximately $1400. I could see that there had been a recall during 2019 at which time I only had 75K miles on the car so it of course would not show any issues. The dealer told me that there is nothing they can do. I requested the number to corporate. I called on 7/1 and spoke with a Toyota "advocate" meaning that they are advocating for Toyota, not consumers. I was basically read a script with the overarching message being that Toyota accepts no accountability even though the booster package was determined to be defective from the factory and a safety critical part. I asked to speak with someone over the person I was speaking with, and I received a call on 7/2. Same script reading with the added notification that a recall notice had been mailed to my home address. I explained that I either never received it or possibly thought it was junk mail from Toyota--we get a lot. I explained that I had always had the car serviced at a Toyota dealership and asked why this was not brought to my attention. Sienna (not to be confused with the van) explained that Toyota was only obligated to send out one single letter to meet their contact responsibility. I then asked if Toyota acknowledges a factory defective part that impacts safety, and I am within the window of coverage (under 150K miles) why does it matter? Sienna responded saying that the "program" expired 11/2019.

I pointed out that their identified timeline does alleviate the fact that a known factory part is defective, has failed and that it impacts safety. I was furious because their explanation is grounded in what they are legally required to do rather than what is the right thing to do. I am now the proud owner of a large paperweight or dry storage unit. In consideration that a hybrid battery will be needed soon at 2K+ it is questionable whether or not it is worth putting 6K into it. This is my 6th Toyota and likely my last. I plan to provide Toyota with plenty of free advertisement as close to the dealership as possible. I get that it may not fall into their wheelhouse, but I do blame them for not bringing this to my attention and not making an effort to advocate for me. They always seem to have the energy to recommend pricy service that is unnecessary. They could have taken 2 minutes to inform me that a 4K defective part needed to be replaced and that it was part of a recall and therefore covered. Extremely disappointing!!

- Jeffrey Z., Cornelius, US

problem #6

Oct 242023


  • CVT transmission
  • 134,000 miles

This is what Toyota is telling us on the diagnostic paperwork: Hydraulic Brake Booster Pump: DTC C1391 "Abnormal leak in accumulator" Has T-SB and CSP that are both expired. Recommend perform repair outlined. Recommend R&R Brake Actuator Assembly, booster Pump assembly and perform ABS ECU reflash.

First, we were never notified of this problem. Had we become aware of this problem when purchasing the vehicle we would not have gone through with this transaction. We don't have $4400 to repair this problem and we certainly don't have the funds to now go and purchase another car.

To add to this, we're told to just go ahead and drive and "watch the brake fluid and if brakes start to feel funny we should probably make a decision at that time". What kind of advice is this coming from Toyota????

- garrymontierth, Rocklin, US

problem #5

Feb 252023


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,056 miles

There's existing problem occurring with 2010 Toyota Prius of mine, that braking is less responsive and also the ABS and side brake lamps are on the whole time on my dashboard.

My Mechanic friend found out that there's a problem with the Brake Booster Pump Assembly which can develop a crack inside the accumulator housing. If this occurs, nitrogen gas could leak into the brake fluid and gradually cause a loss of power assist. Under certain circumstances, this could affect stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash.

I took it to the Toyota dealer, but they claim there is no recall on my vehicle and charged $195 inspection fee and told me it costs over $2000-3000 repair the brake assembly . Why do we customers have to pay our own money that is almost the half a worth price of the vehicle to fix their defective design of their product!?

It is a life-threatening problem that is neglected by Toyota the defect of the brake booster kept occurring and resulted in brake failure.

Update from Aug 21, 2023: Subject: Urgent Report: Life-Threatening Brake Failure in the 2010 Toyota Prius

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to bring to your immediate attention a grave safety concern regarding the 2010 Toyota Prius. The braking system in this vehicle has become dangerously unresponsive, accompanied by the continuous illumination of the ABS and side brake lamps on the dashboard. This critical issue stems from a faulty Brake Booster Pump Assembly, specifically a crack developing inside the accumulator housing, causing nitrogen gas to leak into the brake fluid. The consequences are alarming: a gradual loss of power assist, compromised stopping distance, and an increased risk of life-threatening crashes.

Despite the urgency and potential for widespread harm, the Toyota dealer I approached shrugged off the severity of the problem, stating that no recall exists for my vehicle. Not only was I charged a steep $195 inspection fee, but I was also presented with a staggering repair estimate of $4,200—nearly half the value of the car itself. This raises a fundamental question: why should customers be burdened with the financial repercussions of Toyota's defective design?

I demand immediate action to rectify this life-threatening issue. It is imperative that the Bureau takes decisive steps to protect the lives of countless Toyota Prius owners. I urge you to:

1. Launch an urgent investigation into the recurring brake booster defects in the 2010 Toyota Prius models. 2. Enforce a mandatory recall of all affected vehicles, ensuring that the necessary repairs are conducted promptly and at no cost to the vehicle owners. 3. Hold Toyota accountable for neglecting the safety of its customers and demand appropriate compensation for those who have already incurred repair expenses.

This matter demands your utmost attention and swift action. Lives are at stake, and it is the responsibility of the Bureau to safeguard consumer interests and ensure the accountability of automobile manufacturers. I implore you to prioritize the well-being of Toyota Prius owners and take decisive measures to rectify this alarming situation.

I expect a prompt and comprehensive response outlining the actions you will take to address this urgent matter. Failure to act swiftly will not only compromise the safety of Toyota customers but also raise serious doubts about the Bureau's commitment to consumer protection.

Time is of the essence. Lives hang in the balance. I trust that you will act with the urgency and determination this critical situation demands.


Kohtaroh Zushi


- Kohtaroh Z., Los Angeles, US

problem #4

Sep 222022


  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


Toyota needs to fix the brake problem. Fixing the problem can save a life. This needs immediate attention before people may die in accidents that Toyota can had the chance to fix all the problem's with the brake system.

- Joe G., Oxford, FL, US

problem #3

Dec 012022

Prius 3 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

Waiting to hear from Toyota Customer relations, if any help at all.

Update from Jan 12, 2023: Toyota really nice on the phone, BUT will not assist as past extended recall. Just replaced battery pack, then this brake issue. Had two worst engineering problems go out at the same time. Too bad, liked the car, never do it again. $2800, then $3200 for a 2010 Prius.

- tjoyce1, San Antonio, US

problem #2

Dec 012022

Prius Hybrid 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

I traded for this vehicle at a car dealership, drove it around the block, it drove well and didn't see any warning of what was fixing to be a major problem. I purchased the vehicle, drove it home and nothing unusual was going on. The next day I went to drive it, the Brake Booster Pump Assembly warning lights in the dash came on and would not go off. I called the dealership that I bought it from and they said that since I did not purchase an extended warranty with the car, that there was not much they could do. I told them that maybe I didn't purchase an extended warranty with the car but, I did not expect to have a major issue with the car two days after I purchased it. I would think that if something goes wrong with the car or I'm not satisfied with it, I would have 72 hours in which to take it back.

I researched the 2010 Toyota Prius and found out that there was a recall for the very issue I was having and that Toyota directed dealerships to repair the issue free of charge but... the recall was from March 2009 thru October 2009. However, I noticed another customer extension of the recall to November 2019. This does not bode well for me in my situation because I am 3 years past that date. I don't know what recourse I have now but, I continue to search for other information. I haven't written to Toyota North America yet but, I may have to. I really enjoy this car but, whatever happened to fair treatment under the law of good conscience and equity? I would expect bad treatment from a fly by night car dealer with 10 or 15 cars on the lot where you buy there and make your payments there but not from a reputable car dealership. Any suggestions would be appreciated as to what recourse I have.

Update from Dec 14, 2022: I just want to add that any suggestions for recourse to address this issue would be greatly appreciated as soon as possible, because the time of purchase and what I thought may be a 72 hour window to address my problem with the dealership is slipping away - and they may say I have had the car too long in order to return it or get it fixed. I might have to search for it but, I honestly thought that a customer has a 72 hour window to reject a purchase for cause. Thanks!

- Jerry C., Warner Robins, US

problem #1

Nov 032020


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,990 miles

Upon starting the car one evening, brake, ABS and traction control lights all came on. Checked brake fluid and it was at max level. Took to dealer and diagnosed code 1391. It's a known failure of the brake booster and booster pump assemblies. Toyota had a voluntary recall out for this that expired in 11/19 or if under 150,000 miles. I'm less than 1,000 miles OVER that. Active recalls still open for 2011-2015 models.

How is it that they know about this for my 2010, had one and now won't cover this faulty part? It's a $3000 repair cost. This showed up on a vacation trip and we're also looking to have to have it towed to the repair shop because from research it seems unsafe to drive.

- Jennifer J., Austin, AR, US

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