National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Toyota Break Failure Investigation

Over six years after Toyota produced the 2007 and 2008 Toyota Camry hybrid sedan, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a probe into the intermittent brake failure experienced by some of the owners. The NHTSA said that it could affect up to 30,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone.

The NHTSA has received more than 55 complaints regarding this problem. In the majority of the complaints the drivers would press the brake pedal and experience either a delay in response or apply more pressure on the brakes to get the vehicle to slow or stop. In the worst situations, the drivers experienced complete break failure. Safety regulators stated that about 40% of the incidents occurred at more than 40 mph.

Over the past years Toyota has attempted to inspect and repair this issue but has been unsuccessful. It is reported that this defect has already been responsible for some car accidents and injuries as reported by the NHTSA.

This issue comes on the heels of a number of other high profile recalls Toyota has had over the past few years, including the recall of 340,000 Tacoma trucks. In 2011, Toyota was considered one of the top two manufacturers for reliability but has recently been found to have slipped down to the fifth spot in 2013.

If you or someone you know have been injured by a recalled vehicle, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, by letter at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone at (713) 222-7211 (toll free 800-594-4884) or e-mail us today for a free consultation.