The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into certain model year 2007-2008 Toyota Camry hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). This investigation could affect as many as 33,000 vehicles.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified 59 complaints alleging intermittent loss of assisted braking in the above mentioned Toyota Camry vehicles.
Each complaint alleges multiple incidents of either delayed braking actuation or increased brake pedal effort. Approximately 40 percent of the incidents occurred at speeds of 40 miles per hour or more. ODI has identified seven field reports submitted as part of Early Warning Reporting data that relate to the alleged defect.
The complaints show an apparent increasing trend, with over 55 percent of total complaints having been received within just the past eight months.
A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the cause, scope and frequency of the alleged defect. Upon the conclusion of this initial investigation, ODI will decide what, if any, additional steps need to be taken. This could include further investigation, or a safety recall of all affected Toyota Camry hybrid vehicles.