really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,835 miles

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2013 Toyota Prius v brakes problems

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2013 Toyota Prius v Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 072016

Prius v

  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Prius V. while the vehicle was parked, it lunged forward and crashed into another vehicle and a chain linked fence. The vehicle was placed in neutral; however, the vehicle reversed and crashed into another section of the fence. The contact also stated that the brake pedal was depressed, but failed to stop the vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The contact stated that the start/stop button was being depressed at the time and failed to operate normally. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000. Updated 11/09/16

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 162016

Prius v

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Prius V. while driving at approximately 60 mph, the brakes activated independently and caused the vehicle to rapidly decelerate. In addition, the seat belt tightened without being used. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000....updated 04/11/16

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 032015

Prius v

  • 35,000 miles
Second of two accidents. Braking distance appears severely compromised. Unable to stop within a reasonable distance.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 302015

Prius v

  • 26,500 miles


While traveling on a local interstate, I had to use the brakes because traffic in front of me had slowed. When pressing the brake pedal it went all the way to the floor and at the same time two different warning lights on the dash illuminated; the ABS light and the brake failure light. I managed to slow the vehicle using the emergency brake and engine compression. Car was towed to a local Toyota dealership and they was not able to identify the problem. They state that when they checked the car the next morning the car had brakes. However, when the service tech performed a test drive later that day, she would not release the vehicle because again the brakes failed but again when further tested, this prius again had normal brakes. The ECU software was updated and I was told that was the issue but that is not possible. The car is unsafe to drive, . this issue needs to be investigated because if this prius has the defect so do others.

- Aledo, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 272014

Prius v 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
We rented a Toyota prius from enterprise in shreveport la at the airport. We drove to kilgore tx for the shakespeare festival. In kilgore, the driver with one passenger attempted to enter a diagonal parking space in front of a strip mall. Upon approach, going approximately five miles per hour or less, the car's brake pedal went to the floor, with no braking happening. The car then surged into the parking space, up over the curb, and into the corner of a store, causing extensive injury to passenger side and passenger, minor injury to driver, and extensive injury to the building. Police records state that "at the scene, I checked the brakes of the vehicle both running and not running and fond there was little or no resistance while threatening pressure to the brake pedal. I observed the brake pedal go all the way to the floor and heard a metallic grinding. This lead me to believe the brakes did not function properly at the time of, or immediately prior to the accident."

- Edgewater , FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 082014

Prius v 4-cyl

  • 28,583 miles
With my foot on the brake, coming to a stop at a stop sign, we went over uneven pavement and the car lurched forward while only a few feet from the crosswalk. Braking to a stop at an intersection - the road is dry and flat. The car's traction control/slippery icon comes on. Car is parked in an underground parking lot. Start car and reverse out of parking spot when the car suddenly stops and losses power. Had to start car again and the slippery icon comes on and car wouldn't go into gear. Power on and off a few times before car went into gear.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 302014

Prius v

  • 36,198 miles
Was going down hill at 40mph the light turned red I tried to stop I pumped the brakes twice then twice again the lain to my life was full to my right was a curb about 13in height and by then we were in the back end of the car in front of us and no air bags I don't know when air bag deploy or at what speed I thank god for other cars back ends that we can hit and not kill any one I guess.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #1

May 162013

Prius v 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
2013 Prius V - brand new. Brakes make a grinding noise when cold. Three different Toyota dealerships told me that it is normal for the brakes to grind when cold. Nothing they could do about it. Vehicle now has 15,000 miles on it and it still makes grinding noises when cold. I had a 2010 prius and had no problems with it. Found on the Toyota owners website there are several others with the same problem. One of them had the seattle Toyota dealership fix the problem: Toyota of seattle 1,379 service details rear brake noise when cold Prius V R&R both calipers, R. dsc 1-sd (on-veh) comb: Opposite side there is a fix and Toyota is refusing to fix the problem. Please issue a recall for this problem before the grinding brakes become a loss of braking action and accidents occur.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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