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.

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,019 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 #14

Nov 122011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The left front tire ( new tire, I punched 4 new Michelin tires 7/11) on my car popped. I am not sure if the car pedal got stuck first, everything happened fast. Steering became impossible and the car when side to side as I attempted to steer the car. The stewing wheel would turn, but it didn't work. The major thing is that I couldn't operate the car because of the pedal getting stuck and the steering was impossible after that. The car was taken to carriage cage auto repair by aaa, who recommended I take it there, since the car could not be driven. I then went to the er room for care. Nationwide insurance was notified, they gave an estimate of over five thousand dollars to repair the car. Toyota in lake city, wa -bruce in auto care was notified regarding the pedal becoming stuck. I will have to take the car there once it is repaired. I wonder how safe is the car and what can be done about it.

- Shoreline, WA, USA

problem #13

Aug 032008

Camry

  • 41,200 miles
Two tires went flat for faulty valves.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 242007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While switching lanes at 35 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. She stated that the tires slid without resistance and the air bags failed to deploy. The police arrived on the scene and filed a report. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but no repairs were made. The contact sustained several minor injuries. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 23,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 212006

Camry

  • miles

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

My wife was driving our 04' Camry limited edition with Michelin P235/45/18 mxm4 factory installed tires at 70 miles an hour one tire blew out. The company was sent an E-mail outlining the incident. They ask us to bring the tire in to be checked. After examination we were told the failure was due to a small puncture the size of a tooth pick in the center of the tire. The rip in the tire where it blew was about 8" long and was right at the area of where the belt meets the side wall. The event caused my wife to become extremely upset. We have ordered 4 new tires from costco because my wife does not believe the company's findings. Upon further examination by me I noticed the inside of the tire rubber was extremely damaged only on one side that blew in a circle where the belt joins the side wall. The opposite side was in pristine condition. We have our cars dealer serviced routinely. The new tires have cost us more than $1000 for 4 new tires. We do not accept the company's findings and wish to go on the record regarding this tire failure incident. The vehicle is still parked awaiting the delivery of the new tires which are not stocked any where locally.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

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

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problem #9

Jun 112005

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Tires tread wore below legal depth prior to 20,000 miles on the tires, creating a hazard which cause my daughter to hydroplain on almost dry road - car went into a grass median taking out a sign and much damage to the vehicle. This was on a 2004 Camry that was purchased new - just had it in to the dealer for an oil change and they rotated the tires - never mentioned the wear on the tires. When the tires were evaluated at the tire dealership - it was not due to improper air pressure or alignment - the wear was all over the tire.

- Forest, VA, USA

problem #8

May 252005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,740 miles

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

Consumer bought a new Toyota Camry in 2004. The salesman represented the tires at 50,000 miles with no problems. In one year, the tire had less than 21,000 miles and all four were bald. There is a need for 4 new tires. Consumer called Toyota customer service and was told that their tires only had 20-30,000 miles on tires. Consumer had been driving with grandchildren in car on those supposedly 50,000 mile tires thinking they had longer wear. Vehicle now needs all new tires after one year and less than 21,000 miles. Consumer took a trip to Florida @ 14,000 miles and after picking up a tack went to dealer to get repaired and service dealer noted there was uneven wear on tires. Called Toyota and was told it would take 3-5 days. Took to Firestone instead who rotated tires and said the tires were normal. Yesterday was told the tires were ready to blow, the steel belts were about to come.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #7

Jan 132005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a new 2004 Camry 4 cyl. Le sedan with 5500 miles on the original birdgestone tires. These tires have very poor traction on rainy roads and with even light snow you can slide easly at 3 mph as we did. These tires are dangerous and should not be allowed on the market. Shame on Toyota for putting such sub-standard equipment on their cars. Advertisement says these tires are all season tires, Bridgestone suggested I pay for upgraded tires. I say whay should I pay for proprer all season tire S that were suppose to come on the car.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 012005

Camry

  • 11,223 miles
The vehicle's tires were worn at 11,223 miles. The consumer learned that this was a common problem in these vehicle's.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 222004

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,758 miles
The consumer was driving the vehicle in the rain when it hydroplaned twice. The vehicle was losing traction easily. As a result when the vehicle hydroplaned, the consumer struck another vehicle.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,950 miles

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

While driving brakes and/or steering was over riding his judgment. Vehicle started the pull to the right consumer had a hard time trying to keep the vehicle in line.....while driving on dry flat road about 70 mph vehicle began to pull to the right. Consumer tried to correct back straight but steering did not respond. Turned harder and to leftand car started lef toff the road. Tried to correct back right lightly and steering did not respond. Turne dharder right and car went hard right almost off the road. Consume rhit the brakes to keep from leaving the road. Also, vehicle has bad vibration a thighway speeds from tires.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #3

Jul 022004

Camry

  • 7,000 miles
Defective Bridgestone/Firestone tires, request a defect invest.,for tread separation. While driving the vehicle's driver's side rear tire blewout without warning. The tire was original equipment and the vehicle had 7000 miles on the odometer. Neither the dealer nor the tire manufacturer wanted to take responsibility for the tire.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #2

Sep 162004

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,400 miles
I rented a 2004 Toyota Camry with approximately 9400 miles from hertz local edition on N dale mabry ave in tampa fl. About 45 minutes later, I was on my way to orlando with my 11 month old son via interstate 4 when I heard a loud noise coming from the vehicle. I moved over to the last lane so I could take the next exit to check the car when I heard and saw the back left tire explode. Due to the explosion the car jerked towards the right so fast that I almost ended up in a large ditch on the side of I-4. I called emergency services and reported the incident and later that day returned the car for a replacement. I had both of the reservationists look at the tire and they confirmed that it looked as if it had exploded from the inside out. I received and email from hertz, which basically stated that their sorry for the problem, they inspect their cars, and sometimes things can happen.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012004

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
In some 2004 Toyota Camry, manufacturer recommended in the certification label a tire inflation pressure lower than that required to support GAWR. Vehicle detected: [xxx] tire size: P205/65R15 GAWR in cert. Label: [xxx] recommended cold tire inflation: 29 psi insufficient tire inflation pressure could result in some fatal accident. FMVSS 110 has requirement regarding tire inflation pressure recommended by vehicle manufacturer. The subject vehicle has a cert. Label which might not meet federal regulation. Updated 07/25/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Canton, MI, USA

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