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Toyota Camry Owner's Manual (2023): Sudden start restraint control (Drive-Start Control [DSC] )

Toyota Camry Owner's Manual (2023) / Driving / Before driving / Sudden start restraint control (Drive-Start Control [DSC] )

When the following unusual operation is performed with the accelerator pedal depressed, the engine output may be restrained.

When the system operates, a message appears on the multi-information display. Read the message and follow the instruction.

*: Depending on the situation, the shift position may not be changed.

■When starting off on a uphill

The hill-start assist control will activate.

■Driving in the rain

■Engine speed while driving

In the following conditions, the engine speed may become high while driving.

This is due to automatic up-shifting control or down-shifting implementation to meet driving conditions. It does not indicate sudden acceleration.

■Restraining the engine output (Brake Override System)

■Drive-Start Control (DSC)

When the TRAC is turned off sudden start restraint control also does not operate. If your vehicle have trouble escaping from the mud or fresh snow due to sudden start restraint control operation, deactivate TRAC so that the vehicle may become able to escape from the mud or fresh snow.

■Breaking in your new Toyota

To extend the life of the vehicle, observing the following precautions is recommended:

■Drum-in-disc type parking brake system

Your vehicle has a drum-in-disc type parking brake system. This type of brake system needs bedding-down of the brake shoes periodically or whenever the parking brake shoes and/or drum are replaced. Have your Toyota dealer perform the bedding down operation.

■Operating your vehicle in a foreign country

Comply with the relevant vehicle registration laws and confirm the availability of the correct fuel.


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

■When starting the vehicle

Always keep your foot on the brake pedal while stopped with the engine running. This prevents the vehicle from creeping.

■When driving the vehicle


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

■When driving the vehicle

■When driving on slippery road surfaces

■When shifting the shift lever


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

■If you hear a squealing or scraping noise (brake pad wear limit indicators)

Have the brake pads checked and replaced by your Toyota dealer as soon as possible.

Rotor damage may result if the pads are not replaced when needed.

It is dangerous to drive the vehicle when the wear limits of the brake pads and/or those of the brake discs are exceeded.

■When the vehicle is stopped


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

■When the vehicle is parked


Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.

■When taking a nap in the vehicle

Always turn the engine off. Otherwise, if you accidentally move the shift lever or depress the accelerator pedal, this could cause an accident or fire due to engine overheating. Additionally, if the vehicle is parked in a poorly ventilated area, exhaust gases may collect and enter the vehicle, leading to death or a serious health hazard.

■When braking

■If the vehicle becomes stuck (AWD models)

Do not spin the wheels excessively when any of the tires is up in the air, or the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, etc. This may damage the driveline components or propel the vehicle forward or backward, causing an accident.


■When driving the vehicle

■When parking the vehicle

Always set the parking brake and shift the shift lever to P. Failure to do so may cause the vehicle to move or the vehicle may accelerate suddenly if the accelerator pedal is accidentally depressed.

■Avoiding damage to vehicle parts

■If you get a flat tire while driving

A flat or damaged tire may cause the following situations. Hold the steering wheel firmly and gradually depress the brake pedal to slow down the vehicle.

Information on what to do in case of a flat tire.

■When encountering flooded roads

Do not drive on a road that has flooded after heavy rain etc. Doing so may cause the following serious damage to the vehicle:

In the event that you drive on a flooded road and the vehicle is flooded, be sure to have your Toyota dealer check the following:

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