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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,531 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 202016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, another vehicle crashed into the rear end of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bags failed to deploy however, the air bag warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that the seat belt failed to retract and caused the contact's pregnant belly to encounter the steering wheel. A police report was filed. The contact and the front seat passenger sustained muscle injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 302015


  • 130,000 miles
Vehicle was in motion when another vehicle ran a red light and hit the 2004 Camry at the drivers headlight area at about 45 mph! with this high impact the airbags did not deploy and the drivers seatbelt shoulder strap did not catch! drivers head hit the windshield and both driver and passenger went to the emergency room! both received neck and back sprains! Camry is a one owner car with 130,000 miles! car was towed and damages are being accessed!

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #6

Aug 022004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
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 #5

Mar 011999

Camry 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


The seat belt folds under the upper shoulder area of the re-tractor, thus binding in the re-tractor this condition causes either the seat belt unusable or further tightening causing breathing problems and or possible entrapment in the vehicle. To this end, I feel this is a serious issue. I filed a complaint with Toyota, case # [xxx] on Aug. 07-2013, after which they told me they had no such previous complaints? a google search or youtube search will find several complaints of "folding seat belts resulting in jamming". information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Byrnes Mill, MO, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010


  • 102,006 miles
Broken cable on sunroof of 2004 Camry

- Orange Park, FL, USA

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problem #3

Jun 132008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While idling in traffic, she applied pressure to the accelerator pedal, but the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The technician replaced the entire accelerated pedal assembly. However the driver-side seat belt will not retract properly. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Lynnhaven, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 132009


  • miles
Car was rammed on the passenger side of my vehicle. The air bag did not deploy and my seat belt did not hold me back. I was thrown forward against the steering wheel and seriously injured, though not permanently. Both cars were totaled.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #1

May 242004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
The contact stated the front seat belt straps gradually tightened while in use. She took the vehicle to a dealer, who could not determine what was causing this nor could he duplicate the problem. She purchased some safety clips for the seat belts. The clips did not correct the problem. She heard about a recall on a similar problem, but was not sure if this vehicle was included. No repairs have been made. Updated 11/16/2005.

- Hudson, NY, USA

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