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:
26,000 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 252009


  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry which was purchased in 2008. He stated that within 5,000 miles of purchasing the vehicle, both the left and right front axles failed and were replaced under warranty. While driving 70 mph, the engine revved and the vehicle began to accelerate. The vehicle accelerated over 118 mph for approximately 3 miles while the contact was depressing the brake pedal in an attempt to stop the acceleration. The vehicle did not slow down. He then forced the vehicle into neutral and the vehicle began to coast until finally coming to a stop. The dealer was contacted and they advised him not to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact had not yet heard from Toyota, to date. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 26,000.

- Burbank, CA, USA

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