Toyota North America via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made a recall of 227, 000 Toyota Camry sedans from the 2018 and 2019 model years.
The recall was made to address an issue with the braking system. In technical terms, part of the braking system’s vacuum pump—called a “vane cap”—may break, which could cause the vacuum pump to fail. In case this happens, drivers may suddenly lose braking assist.
“Non-power assisted braking will remain functional,” Toyota said. “However, a sudden loss of power braking assist while driving could increase the risk of a crash.”
When a Toyota spokesman was asked if the braking problem had caused any injuries, accidents or deaths, he declined to comment. However, documents the automaker issued to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that there have been at least 75 warranty claims and field reports of brake issues with 2018 and 2019 Camrys that may be related to the recall.
Toyota defended themselves stating that the COVID 19 pandemic delayed their ability to perform tests and gather field reports from drivers.
Fortunately, the automaker will fix the vacuum pump free of charge in affected vehicles. Starting December 16th, the auto giant will begin mailing the Camry owners. Alternatively, concerned owners may directly contact Toyota. More information is available on the NHTSA website.