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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,150 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.

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2002 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 012014


  • miles


Passenger airbag is separating from dashboard. It's approximately 3" long. Brought vehicle into dealership but it's not currently listed on the recall list. Insurance company inspected and verified that it is a safety issue.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #11

Aug 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Camry hybrid floor became wet due to roof drain hoses becoming disconnected from drain pan. Consumer feels this should have been covered under warranty. Consumer also found a tsb issued in April 2011.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #10

Jun 142006


  • 65,000 miles
Second time in the 8 years that we have owned our 2002 Toyota Camry the chrome plating on the interior door handles are starting to peel again creating a hand cutting hazard. First time they were replaced under warranty. I talked to a service rep at Toyota dealership and he said he has seen many do this. My wife and numerous other people have been cut because of this manufacturer defect. Toyota refuses to correct problem and I refuse to pay money to pay for other defective parts only to do the same thing in the future.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 012008


  • 100,000 miles


Inside door handles on driver and passenger. The chrome coating has cracked and peeled revealing a sharp edge that cuts the fingers of the person pulling the handle to open the door. Permanent repair requires removing the inside door panels and installing new handles.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 262004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the interior door handles failed on the vehicle at least three times. The handle would not open the door. The failure mileage was less than 50,000 and current mileage was greater than 61,000. Updated 12/30/08 the door handles were cracked. Updated 12/30/08.

- North Palm Beach, FL, USA

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problem #7

Sep 282004


  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Consumer stated during heavy rains water leaked onto the rear driver's side floor.

- Northampton, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012003


  • miles


Consumer disturbed he has a Toyota Camry that could not be repaired by westchester Toyota. The vehicle sunroof and right rear door handle leaked but the dealer indicated that they could not fix the vehicle because they could not see the leak. The dealer has attempted to fix the vehicle on three separate occasions but with no success. The consumer is concerned about the possibility of toxic mold growing in the vehicle.

- Tuckahoe, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 122003

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission was not working properly. The vehicle would shift harshly into drive when the engine was cold but when warmed up the vehicle drove smoothly. The steering wheel hummed when turned while driving 45 mph. It was later determined that a bushing for the steering shaft needed to be lubricated. The upper and lower belt molding around the driver's door came off. A faulty charcoal canister caused the check engine light to illuminate.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 242002


  • miles
While traveling on indian head highway, consumer swerved to avoid a deer, instead swerved to the right/lost control and hit a guard rail. Upon impact, front air bags failed to deploy, driver suffered injuries, and vehicle was demolished. In addition, there was a sulfur-like or rotton egg odor coming from exhaust system. Also, brought vehicle to dealer for following problems: Poor alignment/engine check light/fuel injector/ spark plugs, mirrors, and structural defects

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #3

May 292002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,806 miles
There was a grinding sound coming from the brakes, the brake pedal would go to the floor, and it would feel as if the vehicle would not stop, the carpet had to be reglued in the trunk which would hang down, there was an interior rattle in the carpet, and the washers fell out the right rear door, the brake problem would occur on dry to normal road surfaces. Scc

- Seminole, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 122002

(reported on)


  • miles
During the day driving the odometer is unreadable 80-90% of the time. Unless the consumer wears poloroid glasses to see the instrument panel, this problem is non existent at night.

- Nipomo, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 202002

(reported on)


  • miles
The rear of the vehicle is too high and a driver of average height can not see the back end of the vehicle out of the rear windshield causing backing up hazardous.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

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