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: The 2009 Camry used to be adorned with our “Seal of Pretty Good” but that was before an alarming number of complaints started rolling in for excessive oil consumption.

Owners are being caught off-guard with how quickly their cars are running out of oil. No leaks, no spills, just 1 quart of vanishing oil in as little as 1,200 miles. Toyota maintains this is “normal” for the 2AZ-FE engine, even though they issued a TSB for the problem in August of 2011.

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


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,846 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

May 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 99,999 miles


Driver side sun visor unable to totally fold back, the visor had a little bit loose and cannot return back to the top ceiling of the car. It started getting worse months by month, finally by August,2014, it totally cannot flip back to original top. It cannot be used to block sun light from the front in the morning or evening time. It cause safety issue. I complaint to Toyota for exchange. But dealer want me to wait for at least 4 - 6 weeks to get parts.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #26

Sep 262014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Sticky dashboard and glare makes driving dangerous.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #25

Sep 112014


  • miles
Like many others I have read about online my dashboard is melting and sticking causing a constant glare in my windshield making it hard to see in front of me. I strongly believe this is an ongoing and dangerous issue that should be addressed by the automakers.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #24

Apr 042013


  • 102,000 miles


The dash board is very sticky and went the sunlights hit in directly it reflects the sun into my eyes this occurs every day. I live in puerto rico and this is my travel car every day when the sun is always shining. This make me cause to put a tinted glass paper to reduce the sunlight reflection frontal the dashboard but it continue to reflects the sun light.

- Trujillo Alto, PR, USA

problem #23

Dec 022013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The dashboard is melting and sticky. When hot gets worse and reflects light into your eyes making it hard to drive.

- San Juan, PR, USA

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problem #22

Sep 032012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The dashboard constantly reflects back and seriously blinds eyesight & vision, that actually may cause serious accidents and death. I am humbly giving this "real & actual warning information" to have Toyota redesign the dashboard and recall all Toyota and fix this real dashboard problems.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 052014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


Noticed drivers side sun visor would not stay up. It blocks my view. When I try to put it up ( forwards or back, it just falls back to the down position. I replaced it once for the same reason and it turned out that it was broken. Now, about a year later, I have the exact same problem. I checked for recalls and my VIN number says that there is no recall, but I know this is a popular problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 012013


  • miles
My 2009 Toyota Camry's dashboard has melted. It has become a sticky, shiny mess. I tried to put reflective shades in the windshield to help slow the disintegration. Upon removing it to drive the car one afternoon shortly after I started using it, part of the vinyl was melted to the shield and ripped off the dashboard leaving the orange foam showing. The safety hazard comes from the shiny "puddles" of melted dash. They are incredibly reflective and can be blinding in sunlight. The glare is distracting while driving. I cannot lay anything on the dash to reduce the glare, because the vinyl will adhere to it and peel away like it did with the sun shield. While it has not yet caused an accident for me, I can see where it may have for others. As the cars age further, more of the dash will become melted. Eventually, tens of thousands of people are going to be on the road with the equivalent of a spotlight blinding them when the sun is shining. Hopefully, a safety solution will be had before then. Another problem this vehicle has had since I bought it new, the windshield does not have good clarity when driving in the rain. I have cleaned it so many ways and replaced the wiper arms, but it has a smear, or film, that makes it highly difficult to see through in wet conditions.

- Dauphin Island, AL, USA

problem #19

Jul 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The car dash board is melting away. It gets very sticky and if barely touched chips away in chunks. When the sun hits the dash it makes a glare that has many times almost caused me to wreck the car because I could not smells weird.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #18

Dec 122013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Dashboard is sticky and terrible glare while driving. Reported it to the dealership in July.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 162011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Sticky dashboard that puts a glare on windshield.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 202014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Driver's side sun visor suddenly "flopped" down impairing vision while driving. Will not hold in the upper or fully extended position. Hangs directly in my line of sight.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 022012


  • 6,000 miles
I own a 2009 Toyota Camry for over 2 years I've had what is known as a "sticky dash". it's almost as if the dashboard as melted and Toyota refuses to do anything for it - their response is for me to pay almost $1900 for a new dashboard plus labor which is completely unacceptable. I've also noticed that as of late, the glare due to the dashboard is interfering with my driving and I am genuinely worried about the safety of this vehicle.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 062014


  • miles
My dash board is sticky and melted looking. The glare it causes makes it very difficult to see. If I don't wear sunshades I cant see. I called Toyota to make a complaint and they said they can't do anything because it is out of warranty. Also my passenger side window will only work occasionally.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 012013


  • miles
The dashboard of my Toyota Camry seems to be melting. I live in South fl and have lived here for years. I have owned many cars here and the weather and parking conditions have not changed. My car has very few miles on it, under 30K. The issue with my dashboard makes it hard to see and is causing a serious reflection issue. I cant imagine that this is not a product issue. No car I have ever seen has experienced this issue in all my years in fl.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #12

Jul 122014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
The dashboard is melting and reflecting onto the windshield.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
The visor on the passenger side keeps falling down, causing blocking of view while driving. This is constant and have heard through others with a Camry- that this is a defect.

- Industry, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 012014


  • 40,000 miles
The visors are both broken and do not stay in fixed position. I went to 10 junkyards to buy replacements but they all said that same thing. That these visors are all defective and they sell them immediately. They have some sort of factory defect that makes them crack internally. There is also some oily residue on the dashboard that is sticky and shinny. So much so that in the daytime it is hard to see. Just what is this goo ? I cant get the sticky stuff off and now the sun is blinding me at the same time because of the defective visors. I thought that the sticky stuff on the dashboard was only my car but it seem other people with the make and model also have this problem. My wife drives this car with the grandkids and its really starting to creep me out.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #9

May 032014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Dashboard is sticky and shiny. I brought the car to West kendall Toyota. Advisor said he would get me a quote. The quote for me is $400 to replace the dashboard. This is not right and Toyota should cover the total cost. The sheen on the dash also creates a glare on sunny days, which create a safety hazard. Toyota is avoiding a recall for the use of inferior parts.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

May 102011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The first incident was while I was driving on the freeway, it started raining so I turned on the wipers, they worked. The rain slowed and I turned the wipers off. When it started to rain harder again I turned the wiper switch back to on- the wipers would not work. We've had Toyota check them out only to be told there isn't a problem. Yesterday, Nov. 22, 2013 as I was driving to work, it began to rain. I turned the switch on, and the wipers would work only intermittently, then they quit working altogether. Today, while driving to the grocery store it began to rain again- the same thing happened but now the wipers won't come on at all! this is a huge safety factor!

- Hesperia, CA, USA

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