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: Much like the 2007 model year, which has a higher number of complaints, owners are reporting that their engines are running out of oil awfully quick. As in, 1 quart every 1,200 miles. Toyota maintains that’s with the “normal” operating range of the 2AZ-FE while owners maintain that’s complete BS.

The issue may be the result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,064 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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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #20

Feb 152011

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,338 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the vehicle was turned off and in park gear when she got out of it; however, it accelerated and crashed into their garage. The vehicle did not stop moving until it hit the back wall. The vehicle also drove over the contacts leg when it accelerated. The contact did not mention if a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed and repaired by the insurance company. After the vehicle was repaired, the manufacturer had the vehicle inspected by a local company who stated that nothing was wrong with it. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a recall repair under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) and stated that the failure still exist. The failure and current mileage was 11,338. Updated 05/04/11 updated 06/20/11

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #19

Jan 052011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to all four tires rims(wheels) rusting the consumer also stated the accelerator peal would stick at times and the brakes would lock up.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #18

Jan 012009


  • miles
Copy of ltr to Toyota re potential sticking accelerator pedals in his 2008 Toyota Camry. The consumer stated the radiator exploded. The dealer stated there was a defect. Also, the front struts needed to be replaced. The consumers wife noticed when the vehicle idled, cold air replaced hot air. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the problem was identified as the water pump.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #17

May 192010


  • 26,071 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The manufacturer advised the contact that his vehicle was not included in recall 10V017000 (vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal recall). The contact stated that Toyota failed to inform him that his vehicle was not included in the recall prior to him contacting the manufacturer. There are no failures at this time. The current mileage was 26,071.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #16

Apr 062010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. After receiving a recall notice for recall 09V388000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal and having the vehicle repaired accordingly, the contact noticed that when driving at any speed, his foot occasionally slipped off the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could be repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 16,000. Updated 07/26/10. The consumer stated the repair caused the accelerator to be slippery. Updated 08/03/10

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #15

Mar 102010

Camry 6-cyl

  • 12,250 miles
I have a 2008 Toyota Camry. After the recall was performed, my vehicle, while sitting still, leaped forward and struck another vehicle. This was caught on video by a camera. It was reported to the police, but due to the amount of damage, no report was made. I just felt you needed to see the video. Updated 05/11/10.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #14

Nov 212008


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Ltr from seeking to ensure that his letter re his 2008 Toyota Camry reaches the proper authorities in NHTSA reply attention joseph topham/farmville office. The consumer stated his wife was attempting to park, when all of a sudden, the vehicle lurched forward and hit another vehicle. The consumer stated have driven the vehicle many times, he noticed there was a problem with acceleration from a stand still and found there was a noticeable slack in the accelerator pedal. In the first 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of depression there was nothing, but the next fraction of an inch there was an unexpected lurch. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, however they claimed nothing was wrong with the vehicle. The consumer then received a recall letter in the mail regarding the sudden acceleration problem. The consumer stated since the recall repair, the accelerator now goes from 0 to 15 mph in less than a second, which is as dangerous if not more so than the original problem. Updated 05/19/11

- Prospect, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 302009

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,882 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at speeds of 60 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle began accelerating. On a later date, he received notification of a recall and repairs were performed to the accelerator pedal by an authorized dealer (NHTSA campaign id number 10V017000: Vehicle speed control accelerator pedal). The vehicle was taken back to the dealer four times for unintended acceleration instances after the recall repairs. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised that because the dealer was unable to locate a failure, they would not provide any assistance. The contact confirmed that he no longer drives the vehicle. The failure mileage was 28,882 and the current mileage was 29,120. Updated 6/1/10 the consumer stated the vehicle would take off at any speed, even from a dead stop and continue at a very rapid rate of speed. Updated 06/18/10.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #12

Feb 222010

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Camry with brake failure. Consumer states that the brakes failed while trying to stop. He states the vehicle did not seem to slow down and that the airbags did not deploy. The consumer stated he noticed the ABS did not activate as it was designed. When he applied the brake, he noticed a lack of pulsing. He quickly released his foot from the brake and re-applied pressure to no avail. Consequently, the consumer crashed into the rear of truck. The consumer stated the other vehicle stopped abruptly due to traffic congestion and the roads were slick. The consumers vehicle was deemed totaled by the insurance company.

- Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 142010

Camry 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. When the contact attempted to engage the accelerator pedal his foot would continuously slip off of the pedal causing his foot to become stuck. Prior to the recent failure, the contact had taken the vehicle to the dealership where NHTSA campaign id number, 09V388000 service brakes, hydraulic power assist vacuum and id number 10V017000, vehicle speed control accelerator pedal repairs were performed on her vehicle. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 16000. Updated 6/3/10 the consumer stated even though the pedal was changed under the recall, the problem still exists. Updated 06/10/10.

- Norwich , CT, USA

problem #10

Mar 032010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph, proceeding to a traffic light. When pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal the vehicle slightly surged forward in a jerking motion. The road and weather conditions were normal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign id number 10V017000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The recall remedy did not correct the recurring defect. The failure mileage was 17,000. The current mileage was 17,400. Updated 04/15/10. Updated 05/06/10

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #9

Mar 052010


  • 20,548 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. Upon starting the vehicle and releasing the emergency brake. The vehicle would abnormally accelerate for a short distance at speeds of 15-20 mph. Within minutes, the vehicle would revert back to normal operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, on two separate occasions, where repairs were made to the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id numbers: 10V017000: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal and NHTSA campaign id number: 09V388000: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal. Neither of the repairs rectified the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a third time but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 20,548 and the current was unknown.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 122010


  • 35,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry hybrid. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where recall repairs were performed under NHTSA campaign id numbers: 09V388000: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal and 10V017000: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal. Later, while driving at 65 mph, she noticed that the accelerator pedal had fallen to the floorboard of the vehicle causing unintended acceleration. The current and failure mileages were 35,800.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 072010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While the contact was attempting to pull into a parking space when the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. In order to stop the vehicle the contact had to apply extreme braking power followed by placing the vehicle into neutral. Two weeks prior the contact had recall NHTSA campaign id number: 09V388000 and 10V017000 already performed on his vehicle. The vehicle was at the dealership at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 21000. Updated 04/27/10. The consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 05/12/10. Updated 09/07/10

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 102009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 10,199 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. Upon starting the vehicle, it abnormally accelerated. The contact swerved to avoid hitting a house and crashed down into a 4 foot embankment. The contact did not suffer any injuries. The vehicle was drivable and the was taken to her independent mechanic where the repairs were made at her expense. Eventually, she received a recall letter (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V017000: Vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) describing the failure she experienced. The vehicle was taken to her nearest dealer where the necessary recall repairs were performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 10,199. Updated 6/3/10 updated 07/19/10

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 6,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. She took the vehicle to the dealer on February 6, 2010 to have the accelerator pedal reshaped and a the carpet pad modified. On February 14, 2010 while the vehicle was parked and unoccupied she heard the engine increasing in acceleration on its own and noticed that the accelerator pedal was stuck to the floor. She will take the vehicle to the dealer. The failure mileage was 6,445 and the current mileage was 65,000. Updated 4/7/2010 the consumer also stated on Feb 14, 2010, upon removing her foot from the accelerator, the vehicle did not slow down until she stepped pn the brake. Updated 06/18/10

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #4

Feb 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
My Camry 2008 experienced a sudden acceleration this Monday morning (2/1/2010). My wife was driving to her office. She saw a red light then stepped on the break pedal and the car started to slow down. It was almost 0 mph then my wife heard the engine suddenly sounded loudly and the car started to accelerate. Fortunately, the speed was already low and my wife stepped hard on the brake and the car stopped. After that, we parked the car home and rented a Nissan. I've called Toyota dealer and they said there will be a fix next week. I looked at the Toyota website about the fix, and, honestly, I am not sure that fix will work. The fix, at most, can reduce the chance that the gas pedal is stuck, but for my case, the engine already slowed down then accelerated suddenly. I also called Toyota custom services, after a long time holding and a few transferring, they gave me a case number and told me they will call me back in two days. Three days passed and they didn't call. I called them again this morning (2/4/2010) and after a long time holding (45 minutes), the gentleman told me the case manager should called me yesterday and he will call me today. It's 7:48pm now and they still haven't called.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 182009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry le. While driving approximately 35 mph, she tried to accelerate so that she could merge and the accelerator pedal became stuck. The speed continued to increase; although, she attempted to maneuver towards the gravel and shift into neutral until it coasted and stopped. When the vehicle stopped, she turned the ignition off. She re-started the vehicle and proceeded to drive home. She called the manufacturer who stated that the floor mats may have caused the vehicle to accelerate and instructed her to remove them. The failure continued to occur every time she drove the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired to-date. The current mileage was 27,406. The failure mileage was approximately 26,000. The consumer stated she received a recall notice. She took the vehicle to the dealership and a bar was installed under the gas pedal to correct the problem. The consumer stated the vehicle was still not running right and also there was an occasional ping sound coming from the vehicle. Updated 03/29/10

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 262009

Camry 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The throttle response has a intermittent delay, this puts the driver in hazardous jeopardy. The consumer stated the accelerator pedal became stuck while driving 70 mph on the highway. The floor mat had slid forward and the edge was warped up and was on top of the accelerator pedal. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and was given hold down clips for the mat. Updated 03/04/10.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 062008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
I bought a 2008 Camry a few months ago and the other day my car hesitated too long when trying to pull out into traffic and it almost got me into an accident. I have read on the internet about many other people experiencing such hesitation problems with the 2007/2008 Camry. I brought it into the dealership and they told me that my car is at the correct specifications and that it should be fine. I'm scared to pull out into traffic and am considering trading it in for a different car.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

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