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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
60,095 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 112015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 40 miles


A woman pulled out of a side road and was one foot in front of me and I had no where to go so I hit her in back of her truck. I had no where to go. She pulled out fast and then slowed down. When I hit the airbags did not go off and I was wondering why.

- Killeem, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 282015

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
My car was struck on the driver's side, by a driver that went into our lane, running my car off the road, which caused my vehicle to go up over curb and head on into a brick wall. The airbag never deployed from the impact of being hit and crashing straight into a brick wall. I was instructed that I need to report this and find out if the airbag is faulty. My car is reported totaled by insurance company. I have pictures from the scene of the accident to show how the car went into the brick wall and no airbags were deployed.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 142014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Our son rear ended another vehicle at 40 mph and the air bag never went off causing head injuries. He will be ok but would have been better had the bag work.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #10

May 302012


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 15 mph, the driver crashed into a concrete pole. The air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained a concussion due to his head striking the windshield. In addition, he sustained bruises and cuts to the head from the broken glass. The police reported to the scene but a report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home and was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 052011


  • 126,000 miles
Upon impact into another vehicle, which was at a full stop, the air bags failed to deploy causing injuries to my wife, who was seated in the passenger seat.

- Colonial Beach, VA, USA

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problem #8

Nov 082007

Camry 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While sitting idle with the engine running, the air bag warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the air bag module would need to be replaced and there was also an electrical failure in the front, drivers side seat belt in which it would not retract. The dealer advised in the event of a crash, the seat belt would not restrain the driver as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 108,000. The consumer received a phone call from a representatives from Toyota who informed her, that Toyota would reimburse her for the repair of the seat belt assembly, but would not assist with the repair of the air bag. Updated evoq 12/0/10

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Nov 172008


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 20 mph on normal road conditions, the driver suffered a heart attack and crashed into a parked vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle erupted into flames. The police, ambulance, and fire departments were called to the scene and reports were filed. The driver was fatally injured in the crash. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to a collision center. The information was provided by the insurance company report. The failure and current mileages were 30,000. Updated 12/30/08 updated 01/02/09.

- Waukeshe, WI, USA

problem #6

Jan 302007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving in the rain at 25 mph the contact's vehicle was involved in a rear end collision. The contact endured chest and head impact to the steering wheel. None of the air bags in the vehicle deployed. The seat belt didn't secure the driver during the collision, and the contactwas pregnant. There was no police report. The current and failure mileage was 79,000.

- Inglewood , CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 102005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,192 miles
2001 Toyota Camry was involved in an accident and none of the air bags deployed. When the consumer attempted to stop the vehicle abruptly the brake pedal went to the floor and the vehicle did not slow down. As a result the vehicle collided with another vehicle.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While driving between 35 to 40 mph, the consumer was involved in a front end collision. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy. Also, air bag warning light didn't appear prior to the crash; dealer was notified of the problem.

- West Jefferson, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 132004

(reported on)


  • miles


Questions concerning air bags. The consumer was concerned with the airbag deployment resulting in thumb injuries.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Jul 272003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer has concerns on how to hold steering wheel so that thumbs are not injured during deployment.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #1

Jan 042002


  • miles
On January 4, 2002, I was involved in an automobile accident while driving my 2001 Camry. A car in front of me (Dodge stratus) was stopped waiting to turn left. I was behind the car in a stopped position. Another car (1999 Cadillac Deville) traveling at about 40 mph hit me from behind forcing my car into the rear of the car in front of me. The car in front of me received damage to trunk and bumper with enough force/damage to cause the trunk to not shut without repair. My question, concern is this: My air bags did not deploy (neither driver or passenger) and according to my owner's manual they should have deployed. Also, the drivers seat was forced into approximately a 45 degree reclining position during the impact and is currently locked into that position. My car had a power driver's seat and should not have collapsed. I am not sure at what point the seat collapsed but the impact must have been significant enough to throw me forward and then back hard enough to cause the seat to fail. As a result I have suffered some back and neck injury as a result of this accident. The manufacturer indicated that the seats were designed to do this but I cannot find anything in the manual, on their site or on the www to this effect. The impact was enough that a big mac in my right hand was thrown against the odometer, down the left side of the car and into the back seat on the windows. A 32 ounce coke was splattered throughout the car into the dash electronics (cd player, tape deck, etc.) and a closed arm rest. The impact seems significant enough to warrant airbag deployment and the fact that the seat back did not provide back support is of great concern to me. At a minimum, if the seats are designed to go back like they did in this situation, the consumer should be aware.

- Naperville, IL, USA

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