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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,027 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #17

Aug 102015


  • miles


This 1998 Toyota Camry le was purchased used in 2003 from a local dealership. It now has 64, 970 miles on it, has never been in an accident, contains all original parts, and has a flawless electronics system. The problem lies with the air bags warning light which has burned constantly for the last few years, while driving. To have this system checked is costly, yet there has never been a recall on these air bags for this year and model. In addition, I have never received a recall notice of any kind regarding this vehicle. Please advise

- Boyton Beach, FL, USA

problem #16

Jul 232015


  • 192,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to respond. The contact noticed that the accelerator pedal was stuck to the floorboard. As a result, the contact crashed into a concrete median. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained collar bone injuries and abrasions that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 192,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #15

Dec 142013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
Car began "going out of control" unable to steer the vehicle. As if I had no control over the car. Car continued straight instead of turning with the road, into a fence/tree and caught fire and burned up. Air bags did not deploy. Passenger received facial trauma, chest trauma, and multiple lacerations and contusions, requiring surgery.

- Irvine, KY, USA

problem #14

Apr 232012

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving 65 mph when she vehicle veered into a slight ditch and the vehicle flipped over and landed on its roof. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained head injuries because of the air bag failure. The vehicle was destroyed and was not investigated to determine the cause of failure. The failure and the current mileages were 200,000. Updated 08/01/12

- Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

problem #13

Jul 192011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 127,623 miles
Today my wife was stopped in a parking lot driveway waiting for traffic to clear when 2 cars crashed into the front end of the our Camry. It broke the front bumper open and the styrofoam support inside. The impact did not set off the airbag and it is within the front end range of impact.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #12

Jul 112007


  • 40,000 miles
My wife started up her 1998 Toyota Camry, slowly made a right turn when suddenly the automobile accelerated at a high speed, jumped the curb, knocked over a parking meter and hit the side of an apartment house. She was not hurt and the air bag did not deploy, despite the impact. Toyota, which had just serviced the car two weeks before, repaired the car (with my insurance). We insisted on a full investigation by Toyota, who determined that the floor mat jammed the accelerator. We do not buy that story in light of recent events and what happened to us. And that is why we are writing now to show this problem has existed for a while.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 262009


  • 119,700 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact was involved in a frontal crash. The air bags failed to deploy and he sustained minor injuries. The dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 120,000 and failure mileage was approximately 119,700.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #10

Sep 222006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Just recently my air bag light has been on. I called Toyota to see if the problem was a recall perhaps and found out that it was not and I was surprised only because that this is a true safety issue in event that I was ever in a accident. Air bags have not reached 10 yrs old yet and they are causing problems now? what concerns me is that when I heard that when the air bag light comes on your air bags are not working meaning that will not deploy in accident. Toyota needs to consider of a recall on this issue.

- Browns Summit, NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 112006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
Pulling 1998 Toyota Camry into parking space. Foot on brake. Put into park. Car suddenly began accelerating. Tried reverse, didn't stop. Tried park again standing on brakes. Didn't stop. Went over curb down hill into creek. Air bags did not deploy when front of car hit bank of creek. Saw puff of smoke after hitting bank come from under car. Turned car off immediately.

- Floyds Knobs, IN, USA

problem #8

Nov 072005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My mother just had an accident this morning and from her describing that 98 Toyota Camry was out of control and break seemed not working at all. So I started looking for vehicle recalls and defects then I realized this accident my mother had could be caused by defects. If you just look, you could easily find many others complaints. She was driving at 55 mph and trying to change lane then next thing she know was car started to swerving so she tried to regain control then hit the break which did not function. I will have to look for legal advise within next couple of days and see what they say. By the way air bags were not activated. Please let me know if there was any lawsuit or compensation for this kind of fatal accident. Thank you.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 262004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,138 miles


When driving at any speed air bag warning light appeared on the dashboard. The consumer contacted the dealer but was told that since the warranty was expired it would cost $90 just to test the system.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 212004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
While traveling at 40 to 55 mph consumer lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. Upon impact none of the airbags deployed. The driver suffered a fractured left shoulder, minor injuries on the left side of his head and bruising to his left hip. The consumer believes that an antilock brake failure may have also contributed to the accident.

- Louisville, MS, USA

problem #5

Oct 082003


  • miles
While driving at 45 mph vehicle was involved in an head on collision, and air bags did not deploy.

- Jackson, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 202002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light illuminates at all times. Also, horn and cruise control are inoperable. Dealer contacted.

- Hinsdale, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 122001

(reported on)


  • miles
Intermittent air bag light, eventually failed continuously on, dealer repaired/replaced cable assembly, failed again in same manner within 12 months.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes fail during rainy weather while attempting to stop causing consumer to rear end another vehicle. No deployment of airbag during accident.

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 111998


  • miles
The car accident involved another vehicle which illegally turned in front of my wife's car as she proceed through an intersection. As a result, the front center of my wife's car hit the other woman's car at the right fornt corner, causing excessive damage to the center frontal section of her vehicle. The air bag did not deploy, and even the body shop owner is wondering why, as naturally am I. I do not want the dealer or manufacturer to be able to "cover up" what may be a very serious failure of the safety system of this car, and potentially cause more serious harm to unsuspecting Toyota car owners. I want to know if it should have gone off.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

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