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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,333 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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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012015


  • 85,000 miles


The dashboard is very sticky and melting causing a glare on the windshield making it difficult to see to drive.

- Ashland, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 312013


  • miles
Upon purchasing this car in/2013 we immediately had trouble with the 12 V cigarette lighters. Plugging in the standard items like a cell phone or gps will only get us about 20 minutes at brst, before blowing the fuses. It doesn't matter which power point we use, it happens in each if them. The place we bought the car examined the situation three times and couldn't decipher the problem. A Toyota dealership would charge over $100 just for a diagnostic check. Due to this problem we don't feel safe traveling far with the vehicle, being unable to charge cell hone, gps, or safety cameras. The car is otherwise very reliable, but for a battery which suddenly died on us one very cold night. We were surprised it didn't dive a warning that it might need replacing soon. As for the electrical problem, we were told we may be able to purchase an alternative external system to compensate for the cigarette lighters, from a place like best buy.

- Manchester , NH, USA

problem #4

Jun 012009


  • 5,000 miles
While merging onto I-5 I pushed the resume speed selection on speed control. The car sped up and exceeded the preset speed of 59 mph and reached 80 mph. Neither applying the brakes or pushing the speed controls on/off switch turned the speed control off. I turned the key off and on to control the steering and used the parking brake to get the car to the shoulder. This was a very freighting experience so I just sat there for a while. I started the car and the engine a couple times and rpms went to the red line. The floor mat was laying flat and hooked. I looked under hood and nothing looked unusual. I started the engine again and it ran normally. I phoned the dealer's service dept, and they said it was probably the floor mats and a recall notice was in the works. We have driven the car about 5000 miles since incident, but we don't use the speed control. I am scheduled to have the accelerator pedal replaced this week.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 062010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


Almost everyone knows that Toyota had recalled 4M cars, and one of the cars is the latest model of Camry, I own 2009 Camry, sent to dealer. They reset the computer, installed a brake override system, inserted a steel bar into the pedal assembly, and cut 1 in. Of the plastic shoe pedal and rounded it at the end. Now the plastic shoe pedal is not only shorter but also slippery because they rounded it. Before modification, the shoe pedal measurement is around 4.5 in X 1.5 in. Square with 2 horizontal lines at the end of the shoe pedal. (2 horizontal lines at the bottom prevent foot from slipping and square shape to have enough room for the foot to step on). Now, they cut short the shoe pedal, the measurement is 3.5 in X 1.5 in (rounded, eliminated the 2 horizontal lines), it not square anymore. I looked at others cars, Honda, Nissan, Ford, volks, ...none of them have a shorter and rounded shoe pedals...the shoe pedal is design to have a certain length and square at the end. This is not a good call form Toyota. This is not a safe. Toyota is trying to design it to prevent interfere w/ the mat, unfortunately all they have to do is to make sure that their mat is intact and clip on. I called on the dealer and complained about it...they advised me to call the Toyota hotline, which I did. They said they will look into it. I am only one voice. Others might not notice it. Until it is too late. This is a concern that I think should be looked upon. Many lives have been lost already...we do not want to add more people in the list of deaths or injuries. Please hear this message. Thank you.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 142009


  • 8,000 miles
In san diego earlier this year, at night, to enter heavy ast moving traffic from on ramp floored gas pedal in 2009 Toyota Camry with new heavy duty floor mats, and had max runaway acceleration. Was able to stop with heavy brake pressure, hitting stop engine button didn't work. Checked everything I could and tried again, same response, called 911 and got tow truck on the way. Finally figured out floor mat had caught gas pedal and was holding it down. Pulled floor mat back into place, and then no problem. Told 911 as I recall to forget the tow truck. Got up to 40- 50 or so mph. Haven't reported this to Toyota yet.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 102009


  • miles
To whom it may concern: I bought a 2009 Camry le from herb chamber boson in last Oct. Recently I heard the recall. However, I don't believe the reason for the recall simply blaming the floor mat. I did experience an unintended acceleration when using cruise. The cruise was set at 70 mph and suddenly the speed went up over 85 mph, and I noticed that the acceleration was at its full strength and showed no sign to stop. I immediately braked my car to automatically shut off the cruise control. At that time, I just blamed the stupid computer program, which may account for the incident. However, when reading other person's stories about the recall, I realized that something more serious than the floor mat was actually responsible for those accidents. To tell the truth, I barely use the cruise since that incident. I just want Toyota to seriously look into this problem. I will keep a copy of this message here in case I need it in the future.

- Worcester, MA, USA

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