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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.

2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,500 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles

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

Both sun visors have failed with ordinary use. The brackets break and the sun visor falls in front of your face obstructing your vision. The visor will not stay up as the plastic bracket easily breaks. The driver side visor broke first then the passenger side. I talked with the technicians at the dealership and they said there were lots of replacements. The cost to replace both were in excess of $250. This is a manufacture defect that can easily cause serious safety ramifications. My son who was driving the car had pinned the visors up to the overhead material with straight pins to keep it from dropping in his face. I was not aware of this until he went off to college because he was the only driver of the car. I know this is not on the same level as a air bag but it is a serious safety hazard never the less and should be resolved. I have owned many cars over the last 40 years and have never had one sun visor ever break, yet this car had tow break. I have saved the old visors and would be happy to forward them to you for testing. I looked at them and could easily see where the defect is, yet I am not a engineer. I know I am not the only one having these issues but might be the only one to complain of this defect. I would be easy to see just how many are replaced. This is "constructive notice" that this is a serious safety hazard that needs to be addressed as it can impair a drivers visibility causing serious injury or death.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010

Camry

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that three window regulators failed. In January 2010, the drivers side window regulator was replaced. The dealer did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No additional repairs were performed. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Yutica, NY, USA

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