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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,775 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 25 mph, the accelerator pedal would become hard to depress. The dealer previously made repairs to the throttle and would not perform any repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a different dealer where an induction service was performed. The failure persisted. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe and could potentially cause a crash. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #13

Dec 282009

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. She stated that while driving 15 mph and applying the brake pedal to stop the vehicle, then pressing the accelerator pedal it became stuck and wouldn't move at all. She had to stomp on it so that the pedal would come loose. The failure has occurred for 3 months. Toyota has been not contacted but will be contacted to report this failure. There have been no repairs at this moment. The failure mileage was 168,000 and current mileage was 172,311. Updated 12/21/10 updated 12/29/10

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #12

Dec 152007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,750 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. The vehicle suddenly accelerated when the contact attempted to stop. The failure occurred on two occasions. On one occasion, she struck and destroyed a bicycle and on another, she struck the rear end of a vehicle while attempting to park. She damaged her vehicle's bumper. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The purchase date and speed were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 49,750.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #11

Oct 112006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Gas pedal constantly sticks. Have to press it hard to accelerate. This happens multiple times a day, especially after stopping for light. Unable to proceed normally when light turns green, must give the gas pedal a quick jolt to go. Toyota needs to investigate this issue for a recall.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #10

Feb 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Accelerator pedal frequently sticks causing car to surge when driver depresses pedal. Rear seat belts do not retrack. Toyota advised that they do not warranty their seat belts after 36,00 miles. I believe the problem was contributed by frequently using child seats.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #9

Feb 242004

Camry

  • miles
Consumer was pulling in a parking space with foot on the brakes and vehicle suddenly accelerated, hitting a curb. It continued to speed, and hit a tree, and vehicle stopped by hitting a wall. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver and passenger were not hurt. Insurance company had vehicle towed.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #8

Mar 122003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,097 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Simply put. The gas pedal sticks. My wife has found the gas pedal to stick while she is driving. In the past, the gas pedal would come up in a second or so. She did not realize what was happening. She thought her shoe was getting in the way or something. But on the evening of March 12th the pedal was sticking down for about 5-10 seconds as she was trying to slow down for an intersection. It finally came up and she could come to a stop. She called me immediately and I indicated that the car needs to go in immediately. The earliest the dealer would take the car was the morning of March 14th. When I explained it to the service guy, he knew exactly what was wrong. He explained to me that the air intake for the engine is connected to the throttle body. The air intake flap has a build up around 15,000 and it will not close properly. This will cause the gas pedal to stick. He told me that I need to have this serviced every 15,000 miles from here on in. He wrote on the service slip "engine minor". I called Toyota consumer service and they indicated that this is an usual incident. However, he said in the same conversation that this problem has occurred with the same year model on other cars. The general emphasis on his part was I was over reacting and indicated this problem will not happen again. This car has only 50,000 miles. Toyota's stance was that this problem has happened on other cars besides Toyota. I am pleading with this organization to investigate this matter. I feel my wife's car is not completely safe unless Toyota replaces the part in a specified amount of time or redesigns the assembly and does a recall.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #7

Aug 072002

(reported on)

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While slightly applying accelerator pedal it continued to accelerate, resulting in vehicle accelerating into a building.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 122002

Camry

  • miles
Accelerater pedal became stuck and consumer hit a building.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 012001

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal will stick at first start, not after vehicle was warmed up. Has to press hard to get pedal to unstick. Dealer was not concerned when told about it.

- Olny, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 182001

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While in reverse vehicle accelerated into a gas station. Two weeks prior to this incident consumer complained to dealer that accelerator pedal was sticking. Dealer stated there could be a carbon build up in fuel injection, but was not able to duplicate or correct the problem. Recall 01-V-012-000/ manufacturer's recall 10A has been issued on vehicle's make/model. However, this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

May 122001

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling on a main steeet to get to highway. He was was traveling slow, approaching a stop sign. Accelerator pedal went down to floor, pedal was stuck. Had no brakes. Vehicle was out of control, and hit a vehicle at intersection. Dealership was aware of problem.

- East Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 222001

Camry

  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticking intermittently, when applye. Vehicle at an independent repair shop for inspection. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 052001

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal gets stuck.

- East Burnstead, KY, USA

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