Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2003 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2003 Camry is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models had an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where their data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Camry acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2003 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
149 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
51 / 4
Average Mileage:
37,070 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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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 10 of 12)

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problem #43

Oct 212003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles


After backing out of the driveway and coming to a stop sign consumer depressed the brakes and vehicle surged forward. When the brake pedal was depressed again at another stop vehicle surged, nearly causing an accident. Vehicle surged forward while depressing the brakes on three occasions. Vehicle was taken to the dealer on two occasions but, the problem was not resolved. Updated 7/5/12

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #42

Apr 132004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
When the consumer took his foot off the brake, while sitting at an intersection, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into three vehicles at a used car dealership and a utility pole. The consumer's vehicle was totaled along with one of the used vehicles. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Updated 7/5/12

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #41

Feb 152004

Camry 4-cyl

  • 10,741 miles
When driving at low speeds, the vehicle surged forward. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for an inspection and the mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem. See voqs 10072208, 10073396 and 10073435. When the gear shifter was moved from drive to park the engine raced and revved. The consumer immediately turned off the ignition. The consumer feels that if the shifter was moved from park to drive that sudden acceleration would have occurred. Updated 7/5/12

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #40

Apr 152004

(reported on)


  • miles


Request information on the failure report summary on Toyota Camry's 2002 & 2003, Solara's and Lexus ES 300. Report summary in regards to the throttle control system.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #39

Apr 062004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,993 miles
When the brake pedal was depressed vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer heard the engine motor racing. This occurred while pulling into a driveway. Vehicle hit a parked vehicle's bumper, a post, and a fence before stopping. Insurance claims department said that a number of complaints regarding on the vehicle on the electronic system which gives information to the throttle control system.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #38

Mar 242004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,600 miles
While parallel parking on a hill, the vehicle suddenly accelerated hitting a parked car.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #37

Jun 242003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


While pulling into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit a wall. The cause of the sudden acceleration was undetermined.

- Phoenix, MD, USA

problem #36

Feb 122004

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
There have been a number of incidences of possible unexplained acceleration of my 2003 Camry, where car seems to surge forward without me doing anything.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #35

Mar 162004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,812 miles
When coming out of a parking lot accelerator stuck, causing the vehicle to accelerate out of control. Vehicle grazed another vehicle, went across a street, grazed a building, and drove straight into another building. Driver was conscious when paramedic arrived. They found the driver with both feet still on the brake pedal. Driver was transported to the hospital, and later died due to fatal injuries from the crash. The insurance company preserved the vehicle as evidence. The police report stated the crash was due to a mechanical defect. Updated 02/26/10 updated 09/02/10 update 9/21/2011

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #34

Jun 062003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 873 miles
Sudden acceleration caused car to jump concrete curb and hit a tree. Driver was entering a 90 degree parking stall. Vehicle speed before sudden acceleration was less than two miles per hour (nearly stopped). Updated 7/5/12

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #33

Mar 232004

(reported on)


  • miles


When accelerating from a stop sign vehicle surged forward. Dealership was contacted twice for problem, but could not resolve the problem.

- Mccalla, AL, USA

problem #32

Mar 172004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
While making a right turn at 5 mph, the vehicle hesitated, then it accelerated on its own. This caused the vehicle to hit the curb. The problem was with the antilock brakes.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #31

Oct 122003

Camry 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The vehicle continued to accelerate upon depression of the brake pedal. This resulted in the consumer broad siding another vehicle. The dealer informed the consumer that the brakes would eventually adjust to the consumer as the computer sets itself.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #30

Mar 172004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles
While trying to pull into a parking space, the Camry lunged forward going over two concrete medians. It tore up two wheels and tires on the left side.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #29

Apr 202004

(reported on)

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle failed to respond when the driver pressed the brake pedal, instead the vehicle experienced unwanted acceleration, and crashed into some bushes and a cement embankment.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #28

Nov 012003


  • 24,000 miles
When applying brakes vehicle surges forward without warning.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #27

Jan 172003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Toyota Camry-2003-sudden surge. Updated 7/3/12 updated 07/12/12

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #26

Mar 112004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
On several occasions the brake pedal has gone to the floor when I attempted to stop or slow the car. Braking or accelerating the car is not smooth and there are sudden accelerations or surges of the car. The car was tested by the dealer's service manager and by the salesman. Both agreed that the car had spongy braking but stated that all 2003 Camry behaved in similar fashion and that there was no "fix" for the problem. The Toyota manufacturer stated that they had received similar complaints which they were investigating but they did not know what caused the problem so they could not provide any suggestions for its repair.

- Hanover, NH, USA

problem #25

Feb 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the brakes locked when he attempted to stop at a toll booth. This caused a rear end collision upon impact, air bags did not deploy consumer sustained a bruised chest, and consumer's wife sustained 2 two broken ribs. Consumer stated that when he hit the vehicle in front it was as if the vehicle accelerated, and even though he had feet on the brakes, vehicle kept going. He states that he pushed the vehicle in front of him, immediately cut the ignition off, put on emergency brakes, and coasted to the side of the road. Vehicle came to a stop on the shoulder. He says that the only thing that saved he and his wife was the seat belts. Consumer stated he saw on tv that Toyota was recalling 2002-2003 Camry for excessive acceleration.

- Manchester, NY, USA

problem #24

Feb 142004

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The consumer experienced sudden acceleration upon making a right turn into a parking space. The vehicle hit a concrete wall. This failure also occurred while turning right onto a main street. The failure occurred on another occasion, but there was no collision as the consumer attempted to accelerate to move up behind another vehicle at a red light, the vehicle attempted to accelerate by itself. The consumer immediately braked to stop the vehicle. See ODI 10101616 and 10101790. Updated 7/5/12

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

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