Toyota is recalling more than 227,000 Camry sedans from the 2018 and 2019 model years to fix dangerous braking issues that could put road users at risk. An issue with the vehicles’ braking systems has been reported could cause a sudden loss of braking power.
According to Consumer Reports, even though the brakes will still work in these vehicles, they may require increased force to engage without any prior warning, which could lead to a crash.
Details of the Recall and Braking Issues
Toyota declined to comment to Consumer Reports on whether there have been any crashes, injuries, or fatalities related to this recall. But documents the automaker provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that there have been at least 75 warranty claims and field reports of brake issues with 2018 and 2019 Camry sedans that may be related to the recall.
The manufacturer has said the issue is with a faulty part within the braking system’s vacuum pump called a “vane cap.” If this breaks, it could cause the vacuum pump to fail and drivers may suddenly lose braking assist. While Toyota began researching the braking issues early in 2020, the automaker has said the coronavirus pandemic delayed its ability to perform tests and obtain field reports from drivers.
Toyota is expected to begin mailing notification letters to owners of affected vehicles starting on Dec. 16. When the recall begins, Toyota dealerships will repair or replace the vacuum pump free of charge if needed. Vehicle owners with questions or concerns are asked to contact Toyota directly at 1-800-331-4331.
A Serious Safety Issue
When a vehicle’s brakes fail to work or don’t work as intended, we know that the defect can result in serious injury crashes. Automakers have a responsibility to manufacture and design vehicles that are safe. Additionally, they are required to warn consumers when vehicles pose safety problems, such as these braking issues, by initiating and executing a recall. If you have been injured in a crash, which you suspect was caused by a vehicle defect, please preserve the vehicle in its current condition so that an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions, and other evidence.
You may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If you have lost a loved one to a defective auto, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.