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Crashes / Fires:
13 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
5,990 miles

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #18

Nov 142007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Pulling into a parking slot, I hit the brake but it caught the gas pedal causing the vehicle to accelerate. Only the balcony wall of the parking stopped the car. The accident resulted in the sprain of my neck and a $3000 damage to the vehicle.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 192006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,346 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While leaving from a car wash, the vehicle surged uncontrollably. The contact attempted to apply the brakes and crashed into a fence. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was repaired by a mechanic. The entire passenger side of the vehicle and the front bumper had to be replaced and a wheel alignment was performed. The mechanic replaced a light body size molding. The powertrain, speed, valid VIN, and dealer information were unavailable. The current mileage was 9,980 and failure mileage was 7,346.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #16

Nov 152006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 10 mph in the rain, the accelerator pedal became stuck, raising the vehicle's speed, and causing it to collide with 3 other vehicles. It was towed to a service dealer, who was unable to determine the cause of the problem. Updated 12/28/06.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #15

Aug 212006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,639 miles


: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at 25 mph on a city street, the vehicle suddenly lurched forward without warning. The contact engaged the emergency brake and placed the vehicle in park which stopped the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who determined the floor mat was pressed against the accelerator pedal. Additionally, the vehicle was inspected by an independent repair shop that was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. Updated 10/6/2006 - when applying the brakes to make a left turn, the car lurched forward and started accelerating. The vehicle continued to accelerate up to 50 mph. When applying the brake pedal nothing happened. When putting the car in park nothing happened. When applying the emergency brake the car started to slow down. The vehicle continued accelerating on it's own for another five hundred feet. The tow truck operator arrived and check the floor mats, noting there was nothing wrong with the floor mat's positioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the floor mat became stuck under the accelerator. The dealer trimmed the carpet. Updated 10/26/11

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #14

Jul 022006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle's accelerator pedal stuck at 30 mph while backing up into a parking space at a service station. The contact applied the brakes, but the acceleration continued. The contact stomped on the brakes, and accidently slipped off the brakes onto the accelerator before impact. The vehicle's rear end slammed into a building and the driver was injured. There was over $6000 damage to the vehicle.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 062005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,775 miles
Consumer owns 2004 Toyota Camry with V6 engine. Consumer was pulling into a parking spot when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and shot through the parking spot, striking a metal post, and damaging the passenger's front of vehicle, the bumper, front fender, and both passenger doors. When the vehicle accelerated consumer felt that accelerator pedal left the bottom of foot and continued to the floorboard with no assistance. This happened on August 6, 2005 at about 7:30 pm in louisville, at town fair center on hurstbourn lane. Consumer went to dealer, and dealer refused to look at vehicle, they said that they were not familiar with any problem like this, and told consumer that the floor mat stuck to the pedal, causing the acceleration. There was no police report. Manufacturer was contacted and said they opened a case and dealer was suppose to contact consumer in about 3 days.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #12

May 082005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


5/8/05 10:15 am at a stoplight vehicle was stopped. Then the car accelerated on its own and hit car in front. Car veered to left. Key had to be removed in order to stop the car. All brakes failed. Regularly serviced and records available. No previous problems with vehicle ever.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #11

Mar 212005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,463 miles
When attempting to leave parking space my 2004 camery V6 with brake depressed car car accelerated with very high RPM. Could not stop the car hitting a GMC truck. When car could not move the truck it stopped.drove home with no problem. Called dealer they stated if the car was not having the problem now they couldn't fix it. After driving it my husband had the same problem, we took it to the dealer and didn't want the car back until the problem was corrected. Dealer could not duplicate problem. Returned car after stating they would start file.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Consumer complained about an acceleration problem. While driving at approximately 35 mph driver would step on the accelerator and the vehicle would began to hesitate. Then, the speed would continue to decrease even when the accelerator pedal was pushed down to the floor. This happened without warning. Owner contacted the manufacturer and the dealer. The dealer has had the vehicle for a month. However, they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #9

Aug 092004

Camry 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,134 miles
While backing out of a parking space accelerator stuck, causing consumer's vehicle to strike another vehicle. The manufacturer found no defects.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 292004


  • 1,000 miles


Vehicle lurched forward and crashed into two parked vehicles before stopping when brakes were depressed, and upon pulling into a parking lot. This was the second time this failure occurred. However, the first time the vehicle stopped without hitting anything.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 282004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
When applying the accelerator pedal vehicle hesitated then surged forward. Consumer was concerned that the vehicle will be rear ended. The vehicle may stall.

- Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 092004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's door handle stuck while driver tried to open the door. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem. Also, while applying the accelerator pedal vehicle hesitated and stalled. Consumer restarted the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Savage, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 142004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Difficulty shifting from park to reverse, then upon shifting into drive the car accelerated uncontrollably, would not stop, collided with a mobile home, air bags did not deploy, resulting in the death of one passenger and injury of driver see also voq 10171110.. updated 03/05/10 updated IVOQ 08/23/10 updated 9/21/2011

- Phoenix, OR, USA

problem #4

Apr 292004

(reported on)


  • miles
Upon applying the brakes consumer sometimes depressed the accelerator at the same time. This causesd the vehicle to surge forward. Both the manufacturer and the dealer were notified.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 242004


  • 466 miles
Consumer was parking the vehicle when it suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brakes, but the vehicle just kept going, causing property damage. Vehicle was towed to the dealers. Owner drove the vehicle home after the repairs were done. Again, the vehicle began to accelerate unexpectedly. 9/26/2005 - the vehicle's brake system failed when the consumer was returning home after the repairs (the vehicle did not accelerate again). The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a brake system repair. The brake pedal still feels soft/low.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 222004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Sudden acceleration when pulling into parking space

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004


  • 5,000 miles
While applying the brakes vehicle surged forward without warning. As a result, consumer lost control and hit a tree. Driver sustained lower back injuries.

- Mangum, OK, USA

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