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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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,304 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 #36

Jul 012016

Camry

  • miles

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

The passenger side seat belt has twisted on several occasions and I have been able, after lots of frustration and work, to get it to retract.. today it twisted again and I can't fix it. I took it to the dealership and it is going to cost me $540. Not only that but we have to delay returning to our home from vacation for two days because it has to be ordered. I have found out this is a continual problem with 2005 Camry's. it should be recalled and I shouldn't have to pay.

- Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

problem #35

Mar 282016

Camry

  • 78,000 miles
Seat belt on passenger side in front won't retract.

- Bertram, TX, USA

problem #34

Dec 152015

Camry

  • 47,000 miles
In 2015 I purchased my 2005 Toyota Camry with less than 50K miles and the seat belts appeared fine. Within a month I noticed the driver's seat belt would not retract. It malfunctioned both when the car was off and on and regardless if it was in any gear or position. I paid someone to lubricate it and that failed to fix the problem. Then I paid the Toyota dealership almost $500 to replace the defective seat belt! I have owned a Camry before for over 10 years and it never had this problem. I think I should be refunded for that defective product.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #33

Jan 312016

Camry

  • 100,000 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 that the driver side seat belt failed to retract. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Millburn, NJ, USA

problem #32

Sep 152008

Camry

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the driver side seat belt failed to retract. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

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problem #31

Jun 152009

Camry

  • miles
I bought Toyota Camry 2005 in 2005 some month, but after about 4 years passenger side seat belt is not working, . this car my wife was driving, now my daughter is driving. We should have get it fixed, but now we wake up, I don't have photo right now.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #30

Mar 212015

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Seatbelt is retracted all the way in on the passenger side of the car and will not un-retract to buckle the passenger into the seat.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #29

Dec 302014

Camry

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speed, the seat belt was locked in position and failed to retract. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the seat belt system needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #28

Sep 082014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Passenger front seatbelt jams and fails to retract. Belt is folded over in doorpost. Belt was fully extended at the time. Toyota said the car was out of warranty and I must paid to have it replaced. Is this true of a safety issue? thank you.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #27

Aug 062008

Camry

  • 37,000 miles
I purchased my 2005 Toyota Camry le in August, 2005. After about 3 years, I started having issues with both front seatbelts retracting properly. When the seatbelt is initially pulled out to put it on, it does not retract to create a snug fit while wearing it. The fabric part of the seatbelt folds over and twists, preventing it from retracting. Most of the time it can be corrected with a little manipulation and much frustration. But, there have been a few incidents where I have had to take it to a mechanic to fix it. I contacted the Toyota dealership where I purchased the car and was told that this is a very common complaint for my specific year, make, & model and they said it would cost between $300-$400 per seatbelt to replace the parts or I could just wait for Toyota to issue a recall. That was 4 years ago and there has not been a recall for the problem. I think it's ridiculous that there seems to be an obvious defect in the seatbelts on this car, based on the # of complaints I've read on numerous websites regarding this exact issue. I just hope Toyota is not waiting for a serious injury or a fatality to happen before they issue a recall. I would like to get a newer car but I would need to sell this one first in order to be able to afford it. However, I don't feel comfortable selling my car to anyone with such a serious safety issue present. I don't need or want that kind of karma.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #26

Oct 032014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 154,000 miles

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

The front passenger seat belt would not retract to allow a passenger to safely ride in the front passenger seat. When the seat belt assembly was extended in preparation for latching, a fold of about 3/8 inch in the belt on its right edge developed at the assembly, which is located at the upper right side of the vehicle post where the belt comes out of the interior trim. This fold somehow disables, or catches on something, and prevents the belt from retracting.

- Crittenden, KY, USA

problem #25

Dec 122013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The front passenger seat belt would not retract to allow a passenger to safely ride in the front passenger seat. When the seat belt assembly was extended in preparation for latching, a fold of about 3/8 inch in the belt on its right edge developed at the assembly, which is located at the upper right side of the vehicle post where the belt comes out of the interior trim. This fold somehow disables, or catches on something, and prevents the belt from retracting.

- Crittenden, KY, USA

problem #24

Oct 042012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Front passenger seat belt would not retract to provide passenger a secure belt tension. The seat belt was extended to permit a passenger to secure the seat belt in preparation to ride in the car. The seat belt would not retract due to about a 3/8 inch fold on the right edge of the belt that somehow developed.

- Crittenden, KY, USA

problem #23

Oct 042012

Camry 4WD 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Front passenger seat belt would not retract to provide passenger a secure belt tension. The seat belt was extended to permit a passenger to secure the seat belt in preparation to ride in the car. The seat belt would not retract due to about a 3/8 inch fold on the right edge of the belt that somehow developed.

- Crittenden, KY, USA

problem #22

Jul 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
When you pull to wear seat belt, it wouldn't pull all the way to tight it in. It gets stuck and you have to pull it very hard some time it works. Most of time it doesn't pull back the extra length of seat belt (should be automatic to adjust).

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #21

Jul 172013

Camry

  • 103,000 miles
Purchased this car in July and from the day after we bought this car have experience problems with the front passenger side seatbelt when pulled our for larger people to buckle the seat belt folds or rolls over binding the seat belt lock and not allowing the seat belt to function properly. With some manipulation you can get the seat belt to release but the next time the larger person attempts to put the seat belt on the seat is again folded over and does not lock properly. I have seen other complaints on this site as well as took it in for alternate work in which I heard someone having the same problem so severe that they were not able to get the seat belt to lock any further. Same year make and model as my vehicle. I have always loved Toyota but am seriously questioning the reputation of this 2005 Camry.

- Elwood, UT, USA

problem #20

Oct 312005

Camry 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
My 2005 Toyota Camry has caused me a lot of frustration soon after I bought it. The dealers have offered to replace it at a high cost (for me at least). Having read numerous reports this appears to be a defective design and should be repaired gratis. It takes me a lot of time to unstick it as I won't let anyone ride without it operating properly. It twists or folds under towards the rear of the slot and as you are pulling it out to put it on it jams in there hard. Please tell me a company with the reputation (for the most part) like Toyota can take care of it's customers saddled with defective parts without charging an arm and a leg for something that is Toyota's fault. Please don't make this the last Toyota I buy. That Ford Fusion is looking better and better. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #19

Apr 252013

Camry

  • 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 #18

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 #17

Oct 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. I have had many instances (more than 50% of the time when I drive the car) that the seat belt twists and gets stuck in the guide. It is not easy to un-twist it and I have to drive it with the belt loose. It takes some time to get it straightened out in the guide and get it to retract. This is obviously an unsafe condition and I feel there should be a recall.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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