Consumer Reports pushes for Toyota Camry Hybrid recall

The people at Consumer Reports are pressing Toyota to recall about 177,500 Camry Hybrid sedans from 2007-2011 to address potential power brake defects.

The number of affected units in Canada remains unknown.

The Japanese automaker initially decided to call for a service campaign or a warranty extension. That means Toyota dealers would repair Camry Hybrids only when they are brought back by consumers after a problem arises.

Is it enough?

"Consumer Reports believes that Toyota should recall these cars," the magazine said to Automotive News. "What's at issue here is a series of acknowledged defects in a crucial safety system.

"A recall 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," Consumer Reports added. "Besides that, unlike extended warranties, recalls don't expire and are performed proactively."

U.S. regulators opened a preliminary evaluation probe into an estimated 30,000 Camry Hybrid sedans from 2007-2008 after receiving 59 complaints of intermittent loss of front-brake assist. The problem is potentially caused by a clogged brake-fluid reservoir filter, according to Toyota.

For the time being, Toyota plans to alert owners about the service campaign to install a new brake reservoir tank at no cost between now and June 30th, 2017.

Source: Automotive News