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CarComplaints.com 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 safercar.gov (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.

CarComplaints.com typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

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.

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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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 9 of 12)

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problem #63

Sep 212004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While backing out of driveway, with foot on brake pedal, I shifted the 2003 Camry from park into reverse. The car immediately accelerated backward at high speed out of driveway, crossed the road, and crashed into a tree. 3 people in car, no injuries. So far, estimated body damage is about $8000, but undercarriage has yet to be inspected. Reason for sudden acceleration is unknown.ak

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #62

Mar 152004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
While in a parking lot and backing out of a parking space vehicle accelerated suddenly hitting a pedestrian. One person was injured and one person was killed in this accident. The consumer refused to drive the vehicle after this incident and returned the vehicle to the dealer. Updated 03/05/10 updated 09/23/10 updated 9/21/2011

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #61

Sep 092004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was parking the car when the motor suddenly sped up causing the car to go over the curb and run at high speed into traffic. The car was finally stopped by repeatedly applying the brakes.

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #60

Sep 282004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,994 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the gear was placed in reverse, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit a concrete wall. Gas peddle stuck and brakes would not hold the car from moving. Consumer was injured as a result of accident. The consumer sprained her leg as a result of putting so much force on the brake trying to stop the vehicle.

- La Follette, TN, USA

problem #59

Jul 012004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle surged forward when depressing the brakes. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer. However, the problem had not been resolved.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #58

Dec 302003

Camry

  • 19,452 miles
Speedometer was registering speed to fast and the odometer was 4% over to many miles. (nar)

- Floresville, TX, USA

problem #57

Sep 032003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While pulling into a parking space the vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit the cement block in the parking space.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #56

Jun 262004

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the consumer attempted to park, the vehicle surged forward. This caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle and hit a tree head on. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was almost at a complete stop, in which the consumer had her foot lightly resting on the brake, when the sudden acceleration occurred.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #55

Jun 042003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Within 3 weeks from purchase date the car accelerated when I attempted to brake. This happened twice. I took the car to the dealer who was unable to find anything wrong. They had the car for a month in that time corporation reps also tried to find the fault. They were unable to. I was told car was fine. I was terrified to drive it and would not take it. The dealer would asume no responsibility and said if I wanted a new car I would have to trade this model in towards the purchase of a new car. Because I was so afraid to drive it and would not take the car anyplace else to sell because I knew how dangerous it was (and so did the dealer and if they sold that dangerous car to another it was on their responsibility not mine) I accepted the conditions put forth by my dealer and traded my 3 week old Toyota in for a new toyotaand had to pay an additional $4000 because the 3 week old car with less than 1200 miles on it was now a used car.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #54

Jun 282004

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The consumer stated the vehicle surged forward even when the her foot was on the break. The break pedal went all the way to the floor, when applied. Provide further details.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #53

Apr 152004

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ltr fwd fm eugene J. karol, jr. (md) re sudden acceleration defect for his 2003 Toyota Camry, requests the status of any NHTSA investigation into sudden acceleration and Toyota vehicles, reply in duplicate attn. Denise nooe @annapolis, md ofc. See voqs 10067327, 10073396 and 10073435.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #52

Sep 062003

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I slowly pulled into a parking space, stepped on the brake, and the car failed to stop and surged forward. The car hit the store wall, five feet from the parking stall. I reported this to my insurance company. The brakes were checked and I was told they were okay. When I took my car for it's first maintance at the Toyota dealer, I told the service person to check the brakes and why. The service technician informed me that the 2003 Camry's rpms go up if you have the air conditioner on and you simultaneously step on the brakes lightly. They did not replace any brake parts, instead they suggested that I press hard on the brakes if the air conditioner is on to avoid an other surging incident.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #51

Feb 152004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
When driving at low speeds vehicle surged foward when depressing the brakes, causing extended stopping distance. Consumer contacted the dealer on three separate occasions, but problem recurred.

- Fergus Falls, MN, USA

problem #50

Jun 142004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling inside of a parking space vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. The consumer placed both feet on the brakes, but the vehicle continued to accelerate. It jumped a curb and collided with a glass window inside a store. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. However, there were no injuries.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #49

Jun 082004

Camry

  • miles
While driving 35 mph, consumer depress brakes to make a stop. Without any indication, the vehicle surged. The driver tried to stop the vehicle but at an extended distance. In order to stop the vehicle the consumer shift gear into neutral.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #48

May 122004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On May 12, 2004 at time 15:33.my wife was driving our 2003 Toyota Camry. Nd was two blocks from our house, making a right turn from farms rd circle onto Ranger road. As she made the right turn, the car suddenly accelerated, ausing her to lose control of the car, causing her to jump the curb on the left ide of the street, and strike a portable bassketball net/pole on the curb in front of the corner house. The pole smashed in the front roof of the car and smashed the windshield. The car continued down the grass curb and its undercarriage struck the curb while going back onto Ranger road. The airbags did not deploy. Fortunately, no one was injured. The car was damaged.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #47

May 292004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,850 miles
Vehicle unexpectedly surged forward. Causing me to crash into the garage. Updated 7/5/12

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #46

May 292004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
As we were pulling out of our parking space on this day, our 2003 Toyota Camry seemed to accelerate while the brake was pressed. In turn we slammed into a parked car which then hit another car, that hit another car. Luckily none was critically injured though some minor injuries occurred to my wife upon impact. Also, ever since we have bought the car it has done this from time to time or we have had trouble with the brakes. Upon taking to the dealership numerous times, they assured me that nothing was wrong with the brakes or anything else. I feel that this needs to be thoroughly investigated before someone is killed or critically injured. In my eyes this is a major safety concern. Not to mention the damage that was done to our car and the other innocent victim's vehicles.

- Atlantic Beach, FL, USA

problem #45

Apr 152004

Camry

  • miles
Ltr fm eugene karol (md) writer owner of a 2003 Toyota Camry seeking information on previous investigation conducted by NHTSA re: Sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicles reply to the baltimore district ofc dot #2004-4208 (ref ES04-03508 due 5/20/04). See voqs 10067327, 10072208 and 10073435.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #44

Jun 011989

Camry

  • miles
Ltr fm eugene karol (md) writer owner of a 2003 Toyota Camry seeking information on previous investigation conducted by nthsa re: Sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicles. See voq 10067327, 10072208 and 10073396 also. There were at least 11 more Toyota's that have experienced a similar problem. Toyota advised the consumer that they were holding off on actions until dot compiles the investigation.

- Frederick, MD, USA

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