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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
86,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the front passenger seat cushion (1 reports)
2004 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012013

Camry XLE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

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

The airbag alert first went off in 2008, and the dealership said that someone must have bumped into the car and set it off. Then it went off again in October 2013, and I took it back to the dealership. They said that one of the wires from the system to the passenger seat was loose because of something placed under the seat must have hit it. This isn't possible - I don't put things under the seats of my cars - ever.

Then a week after I took it to them, it went off again. Now they say that the seat cushion has to be replaced, and that sometimes this happens. Really? Perhaps this was what happened in 2008 when the car was still under warranty...

- , Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

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