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 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 (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. 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 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,198 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.

2004 Toyota Camry brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jan 152005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


I own a 2004 Toyota Camry le, my problem with this vehicle are two things one is the braking system/ABS and the second is the tires Bridgestone. The pedal is too soft, doesn't stop the car as it should, the ABS locked on many occasions regardless of the weather condition. I managed to hit a the front of the car twice and once in the rear. All of the ABS system, while the damage is only to my car its becoming a very serious safety issue regarding the how safe is this vehicle. I have spoken with the dealer and he replaced the pads once, however the problem still exist and the rear breaks are making squeaky sound. I have 21,000 miles on this car and its my first new car and it will be the last Toyota I own. The dealer denies any problems and they say its normal but its not.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 142006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal it goes to the floor causing an increase in stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the problem could not be duplicated.

- Dagsboro, DE, USA

problem #7

Jul 202005

Camry 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
(1) permanent behavior (2) brakes fade - braking force is not constant with application of pedal and the pedal sinks as the brakes are applied. Consequence: Not enough braking pressure is applied and emergency application of more braking is required. (3) attempted to get manufacturer to repair under warranty. Followed arbitration procedure when that failed.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #6

Apr 022004


  • miles


2004 Toyota Camry experienced sudden brake failure. The consumer was unale to slow the vehicle down the brake failure resulted in an accident which involved 4 vehicles.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parking his 2004 Toyota Camry the vehicle accelerated suddenly and hit a parked car. When turning sharply to the right the vehicle felt as if it were going to flip, shifting gears were not smooth, the brake pedal felt soft and would go to the floor and there was an erratic effect when changing the radio stations.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 022004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,751 miles
I have had problems with the brakes since the car was purchased. It was brought to the dealer for complaints about the brakes on the following dates: 4/26/04, 6/11/04, 7/8/04, 7/31/04 and 11/8/04. On 4/26/04 the master cylinder was replaced. On 11/2/04 my daughter was driving in a parking lot at about 10 mph she used the brakes to stop the car and the brakes failed causing a crash. The dealership inspected the car and a Mr. Troy higa, claims administrator, wrote me a letter stating that Toyota could find no problems with the braking system.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The consumer went through a red light due to faulty brakes. The brakes were spongy and were fading and or diminishing.

- Airmont, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 082004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Approaching intersection the stop light changed and attempting to stop vehicle, the brake pedal went to floorboard, but did not stop vehicle before impact with another vehicle. Speed at impact was approx. 20 mph and neither airbag deployed. Just recently had vehicle at dealership to have soft brake pedal checked, and was told of other complaints concerning same problem.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #1

May 122004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
When the brakes were applied the pedal went to the floor. The consumer triied to have the manufacturer repair the problem but was not successful. The consumer purchased another automobile.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

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