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Consumer Reports Wants Toyota to Recall the Camry Hybrid


A grand total of 177,500 cars are involved here...so what's Toyota waiting for?

Whether you’re a fan or not, Consumer Reports, as its name clearly states, has the best interest of the consumer in mind. So when it just made a sincere recommendation for Toyota to recall around 177,500 Camry Hybrids due to a potential issue with the cars’ power brakes, perhaps both consumer and the automaker ought to listen. Basically, there’s a potential loss of braking performance and increased effort to press the brake pedal.

Here’s a bit of background: Toyota has already called a service campaign or a warranty extension on two separate issues for the 2007-2011 Camry Hybrid. A service campaign is when the automaker makes the repairs once the consumer brings the car to a dealer. But it’s still not a full-blown recall, which, according to CR, "is more comprehensive and widely published than a mere service campaign, and owners don’t have to wait for a problem to happen before qualifying for the repair. Besides that, unlike extended warranties, recalls don’t expire and are performed proactively." To summarize, recalls are better for the consumer.

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Toyota claims it’s working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "to address this issue." Aside from the service campaign, Toyota has extended the warranty coverage of the anti-lock brake system’s brake actuator from 3 years/36,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles.