really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,892 miles

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2007 Toyota Yaris brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Yaris Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 172012


  • miles


The light of "brake" and "ABS" on together when driving in winter. The car is only 50K miles. This is the first time to drive in a little bit snow. The ABS was never used before. I saw a lot of people with this car faced the same problem when driving in winter even with a much lower mileage. It is too dangerous when the break system shows problem.

- Amherst, MA, USA

problem #11

Dec 302010


  • 85,000 miles
In December 2010, our '07 Yaris' ABS light started to turn on intermittently. As days passed, it remained on longer and longer until it just stayed on all the time. Would have lived with no ABS except for the fact that we had a newborn on the way. Also, the brake system sporadically shuttered and malfunctioned oddly under normal driving conditions. So we bit the bullet and got it fixed in May 2011. Turns out, the right rear speed sensor malfunctioned due to water infiltration. This is a well known issue and discussed in posts all over the internet. Our Yaris is a commuter car and has never been in water other than what lays on the highway while we drive in rain and snow. It is only a matter of time until the left side goes. We couldn't afford the $800 fix the first time around, but we managed. But we sure won't have the money for the next fix. It just isn't right. My argument is simple: A speed sensor is not an item that should wear out and malfunction in three years. What's more, Toyota has since redesigned this assembly-what I take as their admission of responsibility for the faulty design of this critical ABS component. How many other Yaris owners are out there right now who can't afford this expensive fix. Their brake systems working improperly? they do so not just because of a failed part design by Toyota, but more so because Toyota willingly chooses to ignore this widespread problem, refusing to take the responsible action of initiating a recall of this vital safety component. Sadly, it will likely take serious injury or death and the subsequent lawsuit before someone at Toyota cares to take notice. I tried numerous times to speak with Toyota (local dealer and corporate), but they offered no recourse other than to file my complaint. I was told the same as so many others:"your warranty is expired. Sorry, we can't help you." I am hopeful NHTSA will.

- Mount Gretna, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 012010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated while driving at various speeds the anti-lock brake and emergency brake lights would illuminate on the instrument panel. Once the contact engaged the brakes he would hear a moaning noise and intermittently experience an increased stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on three occasions in which the contact was informed the anti-lock brake sensor needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired but the failure continued. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 67,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 102010


  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated that the ABS wheel sensor and wiring harness failed. The ABS warning light flickered on and off and the ABS would not function properly. Whenever the ABS disabled itself, there was a loud noise from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that they would have to replace the rear wheel sensors and wiring harness. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

- Franconia, NH, USA

problem #8

Dec 212010


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormal grinding when he would apply pressure to the brakes. He then noticed that the driver side E lower front control arm bolt was corroded and had fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they performed a diagnostic test and informed the contact that the sub frame would need to be dropped and the control arm bolt would need to be replaced. The manufacturer informed the contact that because the vehicle was not under warranty they could not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 60,000 and the failure mileage was 59,000.

- St Louis , MO, USA

problem #7

Aug 292010


  • 36,505 miles
While driving on the freeway at approximately 55-60 mph traffic came to a sudden stop. I applied the brakes to the 2007 Toyota Yaris, 4 door and instead of braking normally, the brakes locked, causing the car to slid 30-40 feet, striking the stopped car in front of mine. The impact caused significant front end damage and yet none of the air bags deployed. Fortunately there were no serious injuries, however both the braking system and the airbags failed to work properly. The road conditions were dry and there were no other factors that would have affected the incident.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 082010


  • 49,000 miles


My 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan; when I apply brakes to slow down while at high speed on rough roads, I can feel like the sensation of no intention of car to stop, I feel the brake pads in front or rear brake shoes like in a jerking motion, I feel the motion in the brake pedal, I visually inspect brake wear often because of this, brake shoes lining are very thin normally by factory, I even bought new brake shoes and did not installed them because there was not much difference between old and new linings, aside from that I am content with Yaris, I am 60 yrs old, driving since I was 19, drove commercially in the past, could there be a problem with the brake system of 2007 Yaris, I never felt such sensation in brake pedals while slowing down at high speed on rough roads while driving any vehicle, could you look into that? I don't know perhaps is nothing, sometimes I say lord I hope I never have to make a sudden stop at high speed to realize that there was a problem with the brake system, while driving I always keep that in mind.

- Ny , NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 142008

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The brake caliper on one side of this car at the front malfunctions, causing an uneven wear on the brake pad at an abnormal rate........and just recently a few days ago the same problem........ the consumer stated this is the second time in several months the problem has happened. Updated 06/23/10.

- Manchester, MO, USA

problem #4

Apr 092010


  • 51,200 miles
Been driving a 2007 Yaris since July 2006 - no problems, now have 51,200 miles on it. On a completely dry and flat road on 4/9/10, I was approaching a yellow light at appx. 40 mph and began braking. Right before the light, as I hit a little bump (uneven pavement section where it changed from bridge surface to blacktop) the engine surged -- I felt it, saw the RPM needle go up and heard the engine rev. I had my foot on the brake the whole time. Had to push the brake very hard to get car to stop. No repairs / inspections yet - not looking forward to a dealership telling me they cannot duplicate the incident. Sounds like the 2010 prius brake recall issue to me...

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 162010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Yaris. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph, on icy road conditions. When the brake pedal was engaged there was no power response. The vehicle was able to slow down after several attempts. The identical failure occurred on three separate occasions. Also, the failure occurred while traveling on normal road conditions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The brakes were cleaned. The technician stated that the brakes functioned normally. The failure mileage was 33,000. The current mileage was 34000.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 042010


  • 68,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan, with 71,000 miles on it. The ABS and brake light come on for times up to 2 days before going out. Toyota released a tsb in June of 2008, acknowledging the problem, to correct the problem but failed to do anything unless the customer complained. The problem is corrosion of the contact points of the rear wheel speed sensors and wiring harness in northern weather areas where we use salt. The cost to the consumer is approximately $400 per side to fix it if it happens after the 3 yr. 36,000 mile warranty. I think this unacceptable. I called Toyota and basally got hung up on. Can you look into this problem. Our northern customers in Canada are also experiencing this problem.

- Hooksett, NH, USA

problem #1

Jan 032010


  • 68,000 miles
Defective design on vehicle's ABS harness/connectors causes it to become inoperative after corrosion sets in, mine happened after 2 years and around 68K miles. Replacement of harness and connectors is only a short term fix, according to the forums on www.yarisworls.com (see www.yarisworld.com/forums/showthread.php?T=11533&highlight=ABS).

- Johnstown, NY, USA

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