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:
147 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
51 / 4
Average Mileage:
36,907 miles

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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 2 of 12)

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problem #201

Mar 032013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 175,938 miles


In parking lot. Reversing to back out of spot and front wheel touched curb, so put car in drive to straighten out the car wheels before continuing to back out. When the car was placed into drive, the car suddenly lurched forward at high acceleration, jumping a grassy median, all the while was trying to brake, to no avail. Hit another car in front at other parking space. No one was hurt, but if anyone had walked in front of the car, they would have been run over as there was no way to stop the car. Even after the car hit the other vehicle, it continued to succeed to push the other vehicle a good 6 or 7 feet backwards before it finally stopped... have owned the car ten years and bought it new, and now at 175,938 miles this has happened to Toyota Camry 2003.

- College Grove, TN, USA

problem #200

Dec 302012


  • 118,000 miles
The car was parked in the cvs parking lot. When I applied the brake and placed the vehicle in the reverse to get out the parking. Suddenly, the vehicle quickly accelerated and I lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle hit other two vehicles in the parking lot and finally stopped. Witnesses were at the scene and polices were arrived to make a report.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #199

Dec 042012


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. While stopped a traffic stop, the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently and without warning. The contact crashed into a fence, causing damage to a residential home. The police reported to the scene and a report was filed. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital via ambulance and was treated for a concussion, bruises and lacerations. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard and ruled as destroyed. The cause of the failure was undetermined. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Wood-Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #198

Aug 162011

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed and parking her vehicle, it suddenly accelerated. The vehicle crashed into a glass window of a business. No one was injured in the crash. The police were contacted. The vehicle was towed to a independent mechanic where the cause of the failure is pending an investigation. The manufacturer had not been contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 115,000.

- Colts Meck, NJ, USA

problem #197

Jun 082011


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. While the contact was driving approximately 5 mph into a parking space, the vehicle accelerated when the brake was depressed and failed to stop. The vehicle crashed into the rear passenger's side door of an unoccupied parked vehicle. The contact sustained bruises to the chest area and suffered injuries to the lower back and left wrist. A police report was filed. The contact was able to drive the vehicle from the scene. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #196

May 022011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
My mother had complained of her 2003 Toyota Camry having minor sudden acceleration. She asked my uncle (a "backyard" mechanic). My uncle said he didn't have the expertise to check that; so she had my sister check online who found that her car was not under recall for this problem. We believe mother had it checked out at an auto repair shop. Since dealerships are typically much more expensive than local auto repair shops, we believe she had the car checked out at the latter. This was about 2 years ago. On May 2, 2011, she was killed in a single automobile accident. When we received the police report, it said the witnesses said the car seemed to accelerate when it left the city street. Since she was coming up to a stop sign, she should have been going between 15-25 mph, but the car was totaled, and the police officer said the damage to the car was consistent with the reports that she accelerated. The way I interpret the police report drawing is that mother tried to avoid a collision twice: It appears to me that she may have swerved to the left lane to avoid hitting the rear of the car in front of her and, seeing the car in the opposite lane coming toward her, she may have swerved again, which took her off the street and directly, almost immediately, in the path to the tree which she hit with great force. According to paramedics, she probably never had consciousness after impact, so we don't know what happened for sure. The hospital er physician reported in error to the police that mother had brain cancer and may have had some sort of event (blood clot bursting in her brain). She did not have brain cancer, and from what I've learned from speaking with my physician, it is very rare that an event causing a person's leg to stiffen forcing acceleration. Add all the information we have about this accident combined with the fact that she had complained of sudden acceleration leads us to wonder about the cause of the accident.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #195

Apr 242010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


I was driving 2003 Toyota Camry when all of sudden, it accelerated to a high speed, even when I applied the break, it failed to stop and was uncontrollable. The vehicle only stopped when it slammed on a residential building. I suffered injuries along with my daughter who was in the car with me.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #194

Dec 242010


  • 104,500 miles
Was at a full stop, ready to exit a parking lot. Immediately upon stepping on accelerator, car shot forward, jumped a curb and progressively accelerated. I attempted full braking with no effect, immediately put car into neutral and shut off engine. I took my foot off the brake and concentrated on steering to avoid cars in road. Vehicle did not come to a stop for 1.5 blocks. Car mat had not migrated, accelerator and brake positions did not appear or feel abnormal. Vehicle had performed without major problems over the past 5 years/ from 50,000 mi (when I purchased the car) until date of incident. Analysis by local Toyota dealership failed to ascertain cause.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #193

Dec 072010


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. While parking the vehicle, driving approximately 3 mph the accelerator pedal dropped to the floor causing vehicle to accelerate, resulting in a crash with another vehicle. While driving to her residence the accelerator pedal did not have any resistance and it seemed as if the vehicle was still accelerating for a short time. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 164,500.

- Greenfield, MA, USA

problem #192

Oct 012010


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. While stopped, the vehicle suddenly surged forward and crashed. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 23,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #191

Sep 252010


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when the driver was making a turn and slowing down, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tree. The driver was injured as a result. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 43,000.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #190

Sep 102010


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while parking and shifting into reverse, the vehicle suddenly accelerated backward and crashed into a tree. The contact suffered minor injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Deerfield, IL, USA

problem #189

Sep 112010


  • 50,420 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. While the contact was driving in reverse approximately 2 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The vehicle uncontrollably traveled over a curb and continued onto the lawn, then crashed into a wooden fence. There was no personal injury. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to a dealer where they refused to inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was waiting upon a response from the manufacturer pertaining to the unintended acceleration. The failure mileage was 50,420.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #188

Sep 212010


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact was entering a parking space and accelerating slightly when the vehicle abnormally lurched forward and then accelerated. The contact attempted to abruptly apply the brakes and shifted into park yet the vehicle crashed into a concrete slab which stopped the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and a diagnostic was performed. The dealer advised that a failure was not located within the vehicle to cause unintended acceleration but did advise that the brakes failed. The contact was awaiting repairs to the body damage. The failure mileage was approximately 29,000.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #187

Sep 212010


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 3 mph the vehicle accelerated on its own. The contact then applied extreme pressure to the brakes when the vehicle finally stopped. The dealer was informed about the failure and stated that they would like the contact to bring it in.the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 104000.

- Estelline, TX, USA

problem #186

Sep 172010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 23,900 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Camry le. The contact stated while applying the brakes, the vehicle abnormally accelerated until more pressure was applied to the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure but advised that the failure could potentially be caused by a defect in the throttle body. The dealer cleaned the throttle plate to correct the failure. The manufacturer was contacted but did not provide any assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 23,900. Updated 12/30/10. Updated 04/06/11

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #185

Sep 152010


  • 107,768 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry le. The contact was sitting at a stop light when the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact abruptly applied the brakes and was able to stop the vehicle against the curb. The manufacturer advised having the vehicle diagnosed by an authorized dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 107,768.

- Margaret , AL, USA

problem #184

Sep 112010


  • 50,400 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact was reversing 2 mph when the vehicle independently, rapidly accelerated. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but the vehicle did not stop. The vehicle drove over several curbs and crashed through a fence before independently stopping. The rear bumper, tires and rims were damaged. A police report was available. Both the manufacturer and the contact's insurance company were investigating the cause of failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 50,400.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #183

Aug 162010


  • 128,000 miles
Only owner of 2003 Camry, after pulling into covered parking deck into normal parking space which happens to be on an incline (ramp going up to next level) I felt sudden acceleration in the gas pedal and the vehicle lurched forward. I immediately tried to brake in time, but not before the car jumped over the concrete stopper in the spot and made impact with the concrete ledge ahead. Damage to front fender, hood and left front quarter. No physical injury was sustained. Contacted personal insurance and filed case with Toyota. Toyota will inspect the vehicle and respond within 30 business days. Meanwhile I am responsible for my $1000 deductible and left driving a vehicle that I do not feel safe in.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #182

Jun 202010


  • miles
Letter from congressman van hollen on behalf of constituent, re his concerns about unintended acceleration of his 2003 Toyota Camry the consumer stated as soon he started the vehicle and made a turn in front of his building, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. He attempted to apply the brakes, but the vehicle did not stop and continued to accelerate out of control. The vehicle continued out of control onto a grassy area, hit three curbs and as a result, the front tires went flat and the wheels were completely bent. The vehicle finally jumped the side of the curb of the parking lot and the front end crashed to the ground. The air bag deployed and the consumer suffered second degree burns on his right arm, and his wife's left hand and fingers were bruised. Updated 08/24/10

- Rockville, MD, USA

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