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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 2
Average Mileage:
17,972 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Mar 272004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,669 miles


Vehicle accelerated when in reverse, as a result, vehicle crashed into a tree and mailbox. See voq 10073604. Updated 7/5/12 the consumer no longer owns the vehicle. Updated 08/23/12

- Mascot, TN, USA

problem #9

Jan 222004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Witnesses saw my parents vehicle (a 2002 Toyota Camry) coming to a stop and then suddenly accelerate. Updated 03/05/10 according to the police report, the driver pulled into a parking space on the fourth floor, when suddenly the vehicle accelerated, drove over the parking curb, struck the concrete barrier wall knocking it out. The consumer then drove over the side, falling 36 feet and landing on its roof. Updated 09/23/10 updated 8/21/2011

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 052004


  • miles
While making a turn from a stop sign, the accelerator pedal descended to more than the driver had depressed, which caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle and subsequently hitting a palm tree head on. The passenger sustained injuries. Ann saalbach's daughter calerie saalbach issued this information.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 092002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles


While driving vehicle suddenly accelerated. Driver lost control and hit a guard rail. The vehicle was totaled. The driver suffered from post concussion syndrome and still experiences dizziness, problems with balance, tremors, headaches, neck and back pain and memory loss. The consumer is still under the care of several medical professionals and continues to undergo testing. See voq 10062561.

- North Waltham, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012004

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
Driver was sitting at a car wash when the vehicle suddenly surged forward straight through the car wash door opening. No one was injured. No property was damaged. The driver says the vehicle hit a snow bank.

- Munising, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 222002

Camry 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Consumer complained that the brake pedal was designed too big. On several occasions consumer attempted to move foot from the gas to the brake pedal when their shoe sole got caught under the brake pedal. This caused the consumer to apply the gas pedal inadvertently.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 042003


  • 2,600 miles


While trying to apply brakes at a slow speed, the pedal goes to the floor and vehicle proceeded and caused the vehicle to slam into benches. The dealer representative tested the vehicle at high speeds, in which no problem was found. Ph scc

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 102002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The vehicle was driven at a speed of 3 mph when it suddenly accelerated. The consumer also complained about the pedal. The dealer was contacted and found nothing wrong. Ts scc see voq 10003640. Updated 7/2/12 updated 07/12/12

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 242002

(reported on)

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the gas pedal was pressed accidentally, which caused unexpected acceleration. Ts the brake pedal had gone to the floor, below the gas pedal which had felt spongy. The consumer had taken the vehicle to a service dealer which stated that the brakes were out of adjustment. After the repair was done, the brakes still remained the same. Scc

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 172002

(reported on)


  • miles
On my 2002 Toyota Camry xle when I pressed on the brake the other day (I have been driving for over 40 years) my car kept going instead of stopping!! it turned out that I was pressing on the brake as well as the accelerator pedal since they are almost on the same level as well as being close to each other. Actually, when the brake is depressed the accelerator pedal is actually higher which allows for the car to move forward while still depressing the brake pedal! this seems to be an incredibly dangerous situation. While getting accustomed to driving this new car I found it uncomfortable at times to get my right foot in the proper position to drive safely. Maybe it's because of this defect. What do you think?

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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