2022 Toyota Tundra Owners Call the Auto-Backup Braking System “Scary”
If you buy a pickup truck, you are either buying it for work, or for your everyday driving. Now if you have it for everyday driving, chances are you are going to use it to take the family pontoon to your local lake and go tubing. So after hooking up the cumbersome hitch and finally getting in your truck, you take your family for a nice afternoon on the lake. After telling the kids to wait outside while you disembark your boat from the ramp, your car starts to brake without you pressing the pedal. At first, you think it’s something wrong with the brake rotors. Nope, it’s just your 2022 Tundra thinking that you need to brake because you have a trailer attached and are backing up at the same time.
This feature which is still being debated as useful or not has caused a lot of Toyota Tundra owners to really think twice before backing up their pontoon into the water. John Shepard posted a few days ago how he found how to disable this system in the 2022 Toyota Tundra. In the 2022+ Toyota Tundra group on Facebook, he posted, “This is the button you need to press to stop your truck from automatically braking when backing up a trailer.”
Now in the comments, a lot of people were bashing this system which turns on automatically from the factory when you drive. Let’s take a look at what some other owners said about the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s auto-backup braking system. Randy Cohen said, “I press mine every time I pull in the garage. Hate that thing! It’s scared the crap out of me more than once.”
Now there are a few ways you can disable this system. In the post, Shepard stated that there is a button on the far right side of the top row of buttons next to the steering wheel on the left. That button disables the system. However, on some trucks, you may have to either hit the little “ok” button on the steering wheel or, go into your settings and disable it from there via the driving preferences.
Now in theory, this is a simple fix but imagine all the Google searches some Tundra owners had to make on why their Toyota Tundra kept braking when it was backing up with a trailer. I think that Toyota should’ve at least put some sort of message on the trip display showcasing that this system was on when it was activated. I don’t really see how this could be a safety issue because nine times out of ten you are not backing up a trailer at 30mph. At least I haven’t.
Hopefully, Toyota can make this issue something that can be resolved with a simple voice command or maybe at least make it visible on the trip display. A lot of the owners seem to be annoyed by it. If I encountered something like that I would sure be annoyed.
What do you think? Do you have trouble with this issue? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.