Brake Assist Fault Causes Camry Recall

PLANO, Texas – Toyota Motor & Engineering Manufacturing is recalling certain model-year 2018-2019 Camry sedans because a potentially faulty brake-booster system which might lead to a loss of brake assist and greatly reduced braking performance.

The 227,490-vehicle population covered by the recall potentially have a defective vacuum pump which would be the root of the problem.

According to federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-890, should the vacuum pump fail, the brake boost would diminish and repeated braking would further this condition until all boost could be eliminated.

“While the service brakes remain operational with a broken [vacuum pump], depending on the brake application by the driver, brake performance could be suddenly reduced prior to any warnings. A sudden loss of braking assist while driving could increase the risk of a crash,” the report further stated.

The remedy is inspection of vacuum pumps within the recall population and replacement should they prove defective.

Toyota is scheduled to begin notifying dealers Nov. 17 and owners Dec. 17, with all owner-notifications to be completed by Jan. 16, 2022.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.