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:
27 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
32 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,936 miles

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2005 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Aug 102016


  • 144,000 miles


"takata recall"airbag system entirely shut off while in motion on city street

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #39

Jul 242016


  • 176,108 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While the vehicle was stationary, the seam around the passenger side air bag began to split in half. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 176,108.

- Mooreville, MS, USA

problem #38

Jun 292016


  • miles
Air bag light is on and will not go off. Please include a fix for the 2005 Camry airbag before they hurt adults and kids. The air bag light stays on. All Toyota airbags should be quickly checked and fixed.....picking years is avoiding doing the right thing and being cheap with a dangerous safety issue. I showed the leesburg, Virginia Toyota on 6/29 at 1030am and they said it would be $44 to get it checked! why making money on Toyota issue. Should be courtesy check and fixed immediately since millions of airbags are being recalled! please call or E-mail for clear help today! we are lifetime Toyota family and very sadden by no care....very dangerous issue with very slack response.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #37

May 012015


  • miles


Passenger front airbag looks like it is ready to open up & deploy-started out on a smaller portion, but gets worse by the day. Possibly due to the heat here in fl state"? I have owned Toyota Camry's since the 1990's; lived in NY state and fl state, & never had an issue with the airbags. This is quite disturbing & scary-should I call the local Toyota dealer & set up an appointment" I do not feel that is in my 'fault', & therefore, should not have to pay for this repair-please advise, thank you.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #36

May 012015


  • miles
This vehicle is not on the recall list however, the airbag is clearly starting to protrude on the dash. Worried it might deploy if I have a passenger in the car with me.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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problem #35

Apr 182014


  • miles
The airbag light keeps coming on and I have taken it to several places and nobody can tell mewhat's wrong

- Apache Junction , AZ, USA

problem #34

Sep 112014


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that after the vehicle was started and shifted into drive, the vehicle unintentionally accelerated. In addition, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into other vehicles and the air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained a head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed however, the body damage was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000. The VIN was not available.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #33

Oct 032005


  • 39,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when an occupant occupied the front passenger's seat, the air bag warning light failed to illuminate. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Stanford, CT, USA

problem #32

Oct 182011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Approx 1 year after purchasing the car, the passenger side airbag light came on showing the air bag was not working. I took the car to the Toyota dealer and was told they would have to recalibrate it, and I was charged approximately $90 for the work.. it worked for approximately 2 weeks, at which time the light came on again showing the air bag was not working. I do not know if the airbag is defective or not, but I cannot afford to pay $90 every two weeks to have an airbag re-calibrated. I have had no accidents with the car and the driver's side airbag is okay. What should I do.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #31

Jan 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I noticed sometime back that the passenger side air bag cover is coming undone.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #30

Oct 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 231,000 miles


One early evening a deer jumped out in front of me and I hit the deer head on about 35 - 40 mph. It stopped my car the impact was so big. The weirdest things happened to the vehicle though. My bumper is messed up dent in the hood but instead of my airbags deploying the sensor broke off and started dangling behind my bumper under the hood. I got bad whiplash and back pain from my head hitting the wheel, why didn't my seat belt lock or airbag go off" I just don't get it. Can you help please"

- Uncasville, CT, USA

problem #29

Sep 172014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into the passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a whiplash and injuries to the sternum and chest. Medical attention was received. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 11/14/14 updated 7/28/2015

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #28

Feb 262014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Westbound on I-285, middle lane, a car stopped totally in front of us, at dusk. We had 5-6 vehicle lengths between us, but momentarily did not realize the car in front was not moving, as she did not even put on her brake lights. We braked, hitting her in the rear bumper. We were nearly hit by a tractor trailer behind us, but mercifully, he was able to move the front of his rig to the right lane beside us. We realized almost immediately that our airbags did not deploy, either side. The seat belts really held us. We contacted Toyota requesting they pay for the diagnostic test to see if the airbags are functional. We sent a certified letter per their instructions 4/16/14. Their stated response time is two weeks, by letter. We still have not heard from them. While the car has had some small fender benders on its rear, it has never been in an accident of this magnitude. We own 2 Toyota Camry xles and are concerned our airbags....updated 07/15/14

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

problem #27

Apr 252013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while traveling 55 mph, the contact crashed into a deer. Upon impact, the air bags failed to deploy. The contact also stated that the seat belt failed to properly restrain her during the crash. The contact sustained a broken back. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the vehicle was functioning properly and the air bag should not have deployed because it was not near the sensor. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Rocky Mount, VA, USA

problem #26

Jan 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Seatbelt light came on indicating that the seat belts and airbags will not work if there is a crash. There has been no crash or incident up to this point. Is there a recall for this type of emergency?

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #25

Aug 012006

Camry 6-cyl

  • 10,941 miles
The passenger airbag stays off for a smaller adult in the passenger seat. (~95lbs). According to the service department at the Toyota dealership, this is normal, and that the adult may need to put on weight. I do not believe that the passenger airbag indicator should turn on and off intermittently, or stay off with an adult seated in the passenger seat. The passenger is seated correctly. Problem continues to persist for adults under 95lbs. The incident was reported to the dealership as well as Toyota. Apparently, Toyota now has a tsb out - tsb EL005-05 to correct this safety issue. However, since the vehicle is out of warranty and there has been no recall, the issue has not been addressed in the vehicle.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #24

Nov 052013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
[xxx] was stopped at an exit ramp on a freeway in his 2005 Camry. He was rear ended by another vehicle at approximately 55-60 mph, causing [xxx] car to hit a guard rail. Both cars were totaled and sustained major damage. [xxx] air bags did not deploy, despite the fact his vehicle sustained large impacts to both the front and back of his car. [xxx] hit his head and sustained head injuries (in addition to other injuries) as a result of the impact and failure of the air bags to deploy. I am submitting this form on behalf of [xxx] as his attorney. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #23

Nov 052013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 205,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was sitting idle when another vehicle crashed into the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The contact's vehicle was thrown forward, causing the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle and into a wall. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck and head injuries and was transported to the hospital. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no further injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the incident. The failure mileage was 205,000. Updated 02/19/14 the consumer stated that the vehicle would intermittently not be able to shift out of park. Updated 2/20/2013

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 092013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
November 9th 2013 - as I pulled into a parking space with my foot on the brake, the car took off like a rocket and hit a small tree. When I put the car in reverse, again with my foot on the brake, it shot backward into a parked car. November 25th 2013 - again, pulling into a parking spot with my foot on the brake, the car shot forward, this time, it went right into a brick wall. Approximately 40 bricks rained down on the hood of the vehicle, the front end is smashed in, but this time, I had a passenger that was injured and kept overnight in the hospital. The airbags never deployed. The police that responded were shocked.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #21

Sep 182013


  • 98,000 miles
My wife was dropping my daughter to school bus stop and when she went O get the letters in our gated community, she was about to stop in the parking space when the car accelerate by it self, causing her injury and car and property damages. She says she couldn't control the car and the car hit the curb damaging the bottom of the car, the hood, front bumper, fender, passenger headlight, and radiator and condenser and also the windshield. The car airbag didn't come out at any time. Causing her injury in her head and shoulder.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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