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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,568 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.

2003 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 272007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,835 miles


The seat would not properly retract after unbuckling on our 2003 Toyota Camry le. Pulling it out to retract it caused it to become fully extended so that the seat belt could not be worn. We had to drive it to the dealer in violation of Ohio seat belt laws. The dealer could not retract it either and charged us $322 to repair it. If we were in an accident we would not have a seat belt restraint.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 112003


  • 2,300 miles
Front passenger side and rear passenger side seat belts locked up while driving. This caused bruises on the chest of passengers in those seating positions. Dealer could not duplicate or determine the cause of the problem.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

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