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 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 safercar.gov (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.

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 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,889 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.

2005 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 042007

Camry

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated his anti locking braking system on dry surfaces is not holding and braking well. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they replaced the brake pads and rotor, however this problem is still happening. The vehicle was taken to an independent dealer and they cannot find any mechanical problems. The Toyota manufacturer have not been called. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Plesantville, NY, USA

problem #14

Nov 022007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,777 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving 20 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. The road conditions were slippery from snow. The brakes felt very loose and made a grating sound. The vehicle continued to move forward for a distance before coming to a stop. The dealer stated that this was a normal occurrence. The current and failure mileages were 27,777.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 032005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Faulty brake system.

- Panorama, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 012004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Whenever I applied the brake pedal at low speeds between 1-30 mph as approaching an intersection, a stop sign or an immediate brake the transmission switches gears, and the rpms increased. The brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor and the car jolted forward, and did not stop until the brakes were applied again. Fortunately, I have not had an accident. Others have. I have had the defective brake problem since I bought the car new in 2004. I had the dealer's repair technicians drive the car on multiple occasions, they said they were not able to recreate the problem. This was not how anti-lock brakes were supposed to work. Toyota needed to research this defect thoroughly and announce a recall before others get hurt or killed.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #11

Oct 142006

Camry 4-cyl

  • 20,433 miles
My car accerated when the brake went down almost to the floor. I have noted that prior to this there was an accident in the la area. In that accident there where people injured. Last week there was an accident involving the same type and year car and there was one death in this one. What happened to me as I was pulling into a parking space I applied the brake and the brake went down and my edge of my shoe caught the accelerator pedal and my car went part way on the curb. Had there been a car in front of me I would have hit it. I took my car to Toyota and they checked it out and said it was ok. I now try to watch out for any brake problems but this a worrie to me and my wife.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 162006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
2005 Toyota Camry 4-cyl le with soft/spongy brake especially at highway speed, the brake goes down all the way almost to floorboard. Toyota motors insists it's normal & won't fix it. Already lost arbitration. Already had accident when brakes failed to engage as it should at 65 mph with damage of about $500. Please go to autobytel.com & other Toyota owner websites for more brake problems. My case #200602070910 with Toyota motors.

- Panorama, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 052005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,208 miles

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

: the contact stated while attempting to exit the snow covered driveway at a low speed, the brake pedal was depressed and the brakes locked up causing the vehicle to skid out of control. The vehicle was recovered and towed to the dealer who could not duplicate the problem.

- New Carlisle, IN, USA

problem #8

Jul 132006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
: the contact stated that while braking from a speed of 25 mph, there has been a moment of resistance in the brake pedal, then the pedal depresses to the floor. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, where the problem was determined to be a normal occurrence with antilock brake systems in the newer models.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 062006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,362 miles
: the contact stated there was a complete lack of brake pressure when the brakes were applied at 20 mph. The emergency brake was used to slow the vehicle enough to reach a residence safely. From there the vehicle was towed to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the problem, therefore no repairs were made. Brakes traveled all the way to the floor in ordr to activate the brakes. Vehicle has been towed twice to the dealer for brake failure. Vehicle was test again for brake failure on March 20, 2006 and no problem was found.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 052005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,400 miles
Brakes failed causing car to roll into intersection. Car was then hit by truck. Make of car is 2005 Camry le with 10,000 miles. SE Toyota claims there is nothing wrong with the car even though there are numerous complaints of the same problem listed on autobytel.com. Generally this make of car has "mushy" brakes, but even the police investigator commented the brakes were unsafe.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles

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

The consumer states the brakes are defective. When the brakes are applied they idle and have to be applied again. After the brakes have been reapplied the vehicle moves forward. The dealer was contacted. They said the vehicle was moving forward because the air conditioner (A/C) was in use. The consumer claimed that he was not using the A/C now and that the vehicle was still moving forward. The manufacturer has not been contacted. Updated 12/07/05.

- Schilligton, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
Brake too low. You have to step hard on the brake almost to the floorboard to stop the car. Nearly rear-ended car on freeway at 65 mph. Brake is supposed to be halfway down, not almost to floorboard.

- Panorama, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 172005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles
Pulling out of a mall had my foot on the brake instead of it slowing down the vehicle surged forward. This happened before, at first just thought it was consumer but this was the second time this happened. Vehicle was repaired.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 122005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,100 miles
Contact states: She went to park the car, was applying the brake and the brake would not hold. Then, consumer's vehicle hit another car, and brakes did not hold. It also hit another car, and the brakes still did not work.. she was traveling at a very low speed. Dealership checked all related components, but nothing was found.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 172005

Camry

  • 2,500 miles
While braking brake pedal went to the floor. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

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