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.

CarComplaints.com Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2004 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2004 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 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 2004 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.

3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,349 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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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 022004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger seat belts failed to adjust properly. The contact also stated that the seat belts jammed multiple times when the seat belts were ejected from the buckle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on multiple occasions where the seat belts were taken apart and reinstalled. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200. Updated 2/3/15 updated 02/09/15 the consumer stated the front end of the vehicle was low. Updated 03/03.15 updated 6/9/2015

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
This problem has to do with the power door actuator on the driver door. The malfunction started intermittently at certain temperatures. The door lock on driver side would not work when pressing the remote or pressing the power door lock button on driver door. As the problem progressed the interior door lock button and latch stopped functioning in manual mode. Not allowing the driver to exit the vehicle. The lock does not open anymore and does not override the malfunctioning door actuator. As a result, should I need to quickly egress the vehicle in an emergency such as a fire or otherwise I will not be able to do so. The only way to open the door at this time is to press the power door lock button back and forth until something catches on, and the button opens. However, this will likely not work in an emergency. I've requested that Toyota replace the faulty part, but was informed that given that the vehicle is out of warranty they are not responsible for it. I requested that they take my case to southeastern Toyota upper management to make a decision. According to the Toyota dealer I was at, the service manager for the entire southeastern United States did not agree with my complaint and did not think it was within their duties to replace the part. My investigation into the issue has revealed that this issue repeats with many other vehicles of the same model years 02-06. See the following links: www.toyotanation.com/forum/104-5th-6th-generation-2002-2006-2007-2011/144851-2003-Camry-door-lock-problem.html. it is apparent that this is an issue that Toyota must be aware of and refuses to deal with given that no fatalities have been reported (to the best of my knowledge). However, does someone need to get injured or possibly lose their life until this problem is resolved by the manufacturer? please address this issue.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 292011

Camry

  • 73,847 miles
All three passenger power door locks quit functioning properly. They will still "lock" but will not "open" door locks. Hanford Toyota told us the electrical motors became too weak to open the locks. But they all happened at the same time! car had approx 73847 miles on odometer. Repair/replacement cost is approx $300 per door. I feel there could become a dangerous fire potential and should be replaced under recall.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052009

Camry

  • 40,000 miles
During normal usage of the vehicle. At first intermittent, now continuous. Electronic door locks fail to function. This is a safety issue since the keys can open multiple locks but you can't lock the car the drivers seat.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 112008

Camry

  • 47,700 miles
Driver door lock does not operate. Cannot be opened/closed manually, with key, or remote. Dealer states it is very unusual for this type of failure to occur but offered no financial relief. Car is no longer under warranty. Dealer to replace door lock actuator (approx cost $600).

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

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