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:
13,000 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012010


  • 24,000 miles


After performing a gas pedal reoperation on a 2009 Toyota Camry there was a constant clicking noise and a feeling detent when pressing on the accelerator after a stop. The dealer agreed with the problem and replaced the gas pedal with a new one. The new pedal is a improvement but the clicking is still coming from, I believe, the spring inside the accelerator pedal housing. The dealer said he could not do anything more. I personally removed the pedal and filled the spring cavity full with very thick lubrication grease. The noise is now about 50%gone, sometimes for a day or two but still returns eventually when I slightly press on the pedal from a stop. The spring I think has too much room to move around or is not remaining seated. This is a very annoying nuisance problem hearing this clicking that did not exist when I had the old style gas pedal.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 152009


  • miles
I purchased a 2009 Toyota Camry hybrid in may, 2009. For the first few months I got great gas mileage (around between 35-45 miles to the gallon) both in the city as well as on the highway. In the last couple months, the electric component to my engine has not been working like it has before and my gas mileage in the city is nearly half (about 21-23 miles to the gallon). At first, I chalked it up to a bad tank of gas, but months and several tanks of gas later, the problem still endures. The car should be harnessing electric energy when breaking and at stoplights. Instead, it is using an absurd amount of gas. Additionally, the electric engine will suddenly kick in when breaking suddenly giving the car a boost of acceleration while I am trying to stop the car. The whole reason I purchased a hybrid car was to reap the benefits of great gas mileage, but now I am getting far less than the regular Camry model. I also feel that the sudden acceleration is a safety hazard. Given the series of recalls Toyota has currently had, have you received any other complains from Camry hybrid drivers?

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 122009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Toyota Camry 2009 -4 cyl. Automatic. Problem: Sudden unintended acceleration.. the car is 14 months old. Approximately every 2 months as I come to a stop, and while my foot is on the brake pedal, the gas seems to accelerate and the tachometer goes up to 7. by continuing to brake hard and shifting into park from drive the acceleration stops. But not before the car has lurched forward by about 4 feet. So far I have been able to avoid an accident or a death. I cannot select any of the items on the next page, I will simply tick off the first item.

- Dollard Des Ormeaux, 00, USA

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