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 2005 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2005 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 Toyota 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 2005 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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,656 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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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 292012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry with a 2009 Toyota towing hitch kit. The contact stated that the front passenger side tire was raised by the jack in order to change a flat tire. The jack bent abnormally, causing the vehicle to fall abruptly. The contact stated it was the first time she used the jack. The dealer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the jack may have been installed incorrectly. The technician offered to replace the jack with another one of the exact model. The jack was not replaced. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Allentown, NJ, USA

problem #15

Mar 012010


  • 47,000 miles
Rear speaker covers are damaged. They have a degraded material which is disintegrated and its broken from edges of cover. I found that many people are having the same problem. Please take a serious action against it. They cost $ 225 to replace it.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 142009


  • 85,000 miles
Rear speaker covers have crumbled and fallen into the speakers. A call to the dealer revealed that the covers cannot be replaced. The entire rear cover must be replaced at a cost of $350+. an online research of this problem revealed many such complaints for this year, with no Toyota solution. This is definitely a defect and design flaw to have to replace the entire rear cover. Will pursue situation with Toyota Corp.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 072010


  • 69,000 miles


Rear speaker covers are defective-I notice the holes were getting larger and touched the speaker and it fell/caved in! the pieces just fell apart like dust. These pieces fell inside and now making a crackling spark noise and if overheated cause a fire. It is over 100 degrees here in dallas Texas. Contact Toyota and refuse to fix the $200 problem to fiz=X. Toyota has hundreds of complaints online for the same problem since 2003. Toyota was well aware of this and continued to make the exact speaker covers for 5 yrs. They place the blame on the warranty up and or contact the dealer as they deny its their fault & claims its mine. I have no children nor sit in the back of the car, this is the first time I touched the speaker and it fell in. Now causing heat & sparks in the back of the car. May be hazardous & catch fire. Toyota denied to fix and carelessly continued to make the same defective part after receiving numerous complaints.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 242010


  • 91,000 miles
Rear speaker covers have crumbled and fallen into the rear speakers.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 092008


  • miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Camry. The speaker grills are plastic and now have crumble into little pieces. My concern is this makes the car look terrible because you can see from the outside of the car.. for ex. I was riding with friends and were getting in the car. My friend exclaimed "what happen to your speakers?" secondly, the speakers sound like they are busted because the pieces are falling into the speaker.last, this could pose and safety hazard because the pieces are small enough to be ingested by a small child. Some may say this is far reach.. but I have seen stranger things happen. Help !!!please make Toyota stand by there products.

- Fairfield, AL, USA

problem #10

Jan 222010


  • 72,750 miles


I had an accident on the 22nd of January, 2010. When I exited the freeway, I tried to use the brake, but the car would not stop. It went faster and hit a tree. My car was damaged. Another thing is that I noticed that my rear speaker covers were cracked on both sides. A close look shows that the cover has disintegrated and become weak. When you touch it, it crumbles into little pieces. This is a very unusual thing; I have never experience this in other cars before. I don't know what the exact problem is. I think that Toyota should be responsible for this. My car is a 2005 Toyota Camry le model.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 172009


  • miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Camry that has been maintained timely and properly, driven properly, washed, waxed, and basically treated like a new born baby. My complaint is as follows: I was cleaning the inside of my car and as I dusted off the speaker covers(as I've done for 2 years now), they began to crack and crumble into small pieces. The small pieces fell down into the speakers. I now have holes in my speaker covers and cannot retrieve the pieces from the speakers. The speakers are rattling and are damaged due to the crumbled speaker cover pieces. I have never placed anything on the speakers or traveled with anything on the rear dash. I understand this may not be viewed as a safety issue, but I feel Toyota should deem this a recall and be responsible for replacing the speakers and speaker covers at no charge to the consumer. This cannot be perceived as a consumer error, this is a manufacturing defect and the manufacturer should be solely responsible. Owners that bought new or used should not have to bear the burden of replacing the parts, deductibles, or service charges.

- Brook Park, OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 252008


  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Rear window speaker grills, both of them. They are cracking and falling apart even though no one has touched them an nothing has been placed on them. I understand this has become a common complaint. Toyota said I would have to replace the whole section for about $500 for parts. (not including labor) but others say the replacement part falls apart too.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 152008


  • 100,000 miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Rear window speaker grills, both of them. They are cracking and falling apart even though no one has touched them an nothing has been placed on them. I understand this has become a common complaint. Toyota said I would have to replace the whole section for about $500 for parts. (not including labor) but others say the replacement part falls apart too.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 102008


  • 28,000 miles


Just prior to end of 36 month warranty rear speaker covers disintegrated, at the same time damaging the speakers. Both were replaced under warranty.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 112008


  • miles
The rear speaker covers on my 2005 Toyota Camry disintegrated. There are hundreds of other 2003-2005 Camry owners reporting the same problem. Initially you see cracks on the speaker covers, but when you touch them the plastic literally crumbles into dust and falls into the speaker cone. Toyota is aware of the problem and revised their parts policy; before they only sold complete speaker & cover kit for around $600, now they sell covers only for $25. However, the procedure to install them is labor intensive and people report being charged $100-$250 for labor. My local dealer wanted $100. The car is a couple of months out of warranty. This should be a recall.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 082008


  • 55,953 miles
Rear speaker covers cracked and fell apart when touched.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 202008


  • 48,000 miles
Back speakers fall apart after two years and cost $500 to replace.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 072008


  • 25,000 miles
Rear speaker covers become brittle and fail after 2 yrs of use, damage speakers and require replacement at a cost of over $500. Not covered under warranty.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 082008


  • 12,800 miles
2005 Toyota Camry rear speaker grills are disintegrated.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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