Toyota Camry Hybrid Limited Service CampaignUPDATE: The limited service campaign issued by Toyota, and reported on by Consumer Reports, is actually unchanged from our earlier report in July. New reports led us to believe that there was further action regarding the Camry Hybrid brake fluid reservoir issue, but ultimately the same campaign was at the root of it. We apologize for indicating otherwise.

It looks like Consumer Reports might be getting part of what it wants regarding the Toyota Camry Hybrid and its braking system. Toyota is issuing what it calls a limited service campaign, rather than a full recall, covering about 177,500 of the hybrid sedans from the 2007 through 2011 model years because of an issue with the cars' brake fluid reservoirs.

The models have a filter separating two chambers of the brake fluid reservoir, and the part can get clogged over time. If this happens, the fluid level in one of the chambers can get too low and eventually cause the power assist to fail. There are multiple warning lights on the dashboard that illuminate over time if the filter gets obstructed, though. The company is replacing the entire reservoir with an improved unit, and the fix takes about two hours to perform.

Consumer Reports recently began asking for a recall on these models for the potentially clogged filters. The magazine also reported a second issue with the ABS brake actuator that could lead to a difficult to depress brake, but Toyota has increased the warranty on the part to 10 years or 150,000 miles.

Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight explained why this isn't a full recall to Autoblog via email. "If Toyota determines that an issue presents an 'unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,' per the Safety Act, the company will conduct a safety recall," she said. It doesn't think this case rises to that level, but it's still notifying owners, and they "are provided a free repair," until June 30, 2017. If they already paid to have the problem fixed, it's possible to have the money reimbursed. Check out the gallery for all of the details.


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      Levine Levine
      • 4 Months Ago

      Not only Toyota has been cutting corners on quality and durability, but it is also hard-nose reluctant to issue recalls that expose Toyota's sins.  

      Susan
      • 4 Months Ago

      Am I missing something here? If the filter gets clogged, there are warning lights on the dashboard to warn the driver. So what is wrong?

        normc32
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Susan

        The  Toyota hybrids have been recalled muliple times. Tmc has shown to some software problems with recalls requiring a ecu reflash.  Toyota doesn't have enough processing capcity and no failsafes when it encounters a glitch, let alone flash a light on the dash.

      m3laszlo
      • 4 Months Ago

      Even Consumer Reports was begging them to issue the recall already.  Some accidents had even resulted in injuries.  

      Will Toyota even get slapped with the same fine as Hyundai did for delaying their brake recall?  and i don't recall any accidents with injuries leading up to the Hyundai recall.

      Finklestein
      • 4 Months Ago

      Gee, thanks Autoblog. I needed an article about Toyota to help me fall asleep 

      Master Austin
      • 4 Months Ago

      Just the weekly Toyota recall, nothing new here, carry on.

      Pancakes
      • 4 Months Ago

      Toyotas and GM cars. The top 2 shittiest brands.

        kontroll
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Pancakes

        I think toyota easily beats GM as the shittiest car on the palnet