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.
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.