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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
27 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,994 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

May 012013


  • 68,000 miles


Sunvisor on passenger side loosend and then broke off.the panel on air bag on passenger side started coming apart, and lastly a loud clunking sound as I turned steering wheel.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 102013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was in a front end collision in my 2009 Toyota Camry. The car damage was beyond repair and is considered a total loss by the insurance company. The air bags did not deploy during the accident as they should have.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #19

Feb 122013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the air bag warning light suddenly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. After diagnosis, the contact was advised that the wiring harness in the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 40,000. Updated 03/15/13 updated 03/20/13

- Portville, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 262012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


On 11 26 2012 I was approaching an intersection on a green light going approximately 35 mph when I collided with a truck which was traveling at a high rate of speed against a red light through the same intersection. The impact totaled my vehicle. Witnesses at the scene estimated the other drivers speed at approximately 50 mph. The airbags in my 2009 Camry did not deploy. I sustained a concussion and spinal injuries. If the air bags had deployed I am convinced that I might have sustained fewer injuries.

- Affton, MO, USA

problem #17

Oct 242012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph a vehicle pulled out in front of him causing a head on crash between the two vehicles. The contacts head collided with the steering wheel and he suffered whiplash. The vehicle was destroyed. None of the air bags deployed. The manufacturer was notified and stated the air bags should not have deployed in the accident. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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problem #16

Oct 132012


  • 73,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when driving approximately 5 mph and attempting a left turn at an intersection, a vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle from the front passenger side. The air bags did not deploy. The contact and five of the vehicle passengers sustained minor injuries from the crash. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and was pending investigation. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 73,500.

- Independence, LA, USA

problem #15

Oct 132012


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph the contact was involved in a head on collision and the air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was towed to an auto shop. The contact sustained injuries to his collar bone, shoulders, fore arms, and lower back. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Recine, WI, USA

problem #14

May 142009


  • 13,000 miles
I was involved in a wreck where I was traveling roughly 5 miles per hour. The airbags did not deploy. It was a front side impact and my car was totaled. Bent the frame, crunched the front part of the body (hood and side walls), blew the transmission, radiator, ac system, and much more. I still have pictures of the accident of my vehicle. Because of the impact on the car I got slammed into the steering wheel and dashboard. I have permanent knee damage that could not get repaired due to lack of insurance because I'm a student.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 222012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
My wife was T-boned this week at a 4-way stop (flashing red light) at approximately 40mph while driving my 2009 Camry hb with side curtain and seat-mounted side air bags. This vehicle has seven airbags including driver front air bag, front seat-mounted driver side air bag, and driver side curtain air bag. She was wearing her seatbelt. No bags deployed! it appears her head went through the driver's side window. She was in icu with concussion, bleeding on the brain and brain swelling. Driver?S door was pushed in about 6 inches from the impact. I bought this car for the safety of the seven airbags. All maintenance on this low mileage vehicle was done at the local Toyota dealer.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #12

Dec 282011


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry le. The contact was driving 75 mph when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled on its side and proceeded to roll six times. The air bags failed to deploy and the rear seat belts were destroyed during the crash. Three passengers were seriously injured, including one passenger who was ejected from the vehicle due to the seat belt failure. The police were contacted and a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop but not repaired. The vehicle was destroyed.the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileages were 39,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 252011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


On November 25, 2011, my wife was involved in a accident that resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. The vehicle was a 2009 Toyota Camry le. The accident occurred when the driver of an on coming vehicle turned in front of my wife's car, resulting in our car striking the vehicle head on. My wife's vehicle struck the vehicle on the front passenger side. The airbags did not deploy on my wife's vehicle. The police officer on the scene was surprise the airbags did not deploy. The airbags of the vehicle that was struck did deploy. The body repair shop that accessed the damaged was shocked the airbags did not deploy.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #10

Sep 172011


  • 77,000 miles
Metal object in the left lane, try to avoid it and hit a truck in the left side, the car spin and my daughter was hurt and was taken to the nearest hospital with trauma in the head chest, arms, neck and stomach.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 312010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
On August 31, 2010, occurred an car accident in mayaguez, puerto rico. The vehicle was declared total loss by the insurance company. None of the air bags deployed. The Toyota Camry 2009 impacts straight to a concrete fence approximate 65-44 mph five seconds before the impact. In several occasion, I tried to reach Toyota of pr to require that inspect my vehicle because none of the air bags deployed. Finally, on Oct 2010 they inspected the vehicle and the insurance company pick up the vehicle but I retain the computer of the vehicle. On Dec. 23, Toyota of pr wrote me a letter, in which inform that the air bags didn't deployed because the vehicle impacts to a post that is a flexible barrier approximate 13.2 mph. I'm totally disagree with the Toyota inform because the vehicle impact to a reinforced concrete fence and the insurance company declared total loss the vehicle. Toyota didn't correct the failure.

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #8

Aug 132010


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 40 mph the vehicle was involved in a head on crash with another vehicle in which the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and the driver was reported injured. The driver was taken by private vehicle to the hospital. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an authorized dealer. It was not yet examined for the cause of failure and has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 24,000.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 272010


  • 22,354 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 60 mph around a curve, the contact lightly depressed the brakes and the brakes locked. The vehicle began to spin independently and the contact was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. The contact crashed into a guardrail. The air bags did not deploy. The contact stated the skid control safety device did not engage. The contact sustained injuries to his neck as well as other minor scratches and bruising. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed to a local body repair facility where the contact received an estimate of the damages. The contact was awaiting a decision from his insurance company as to what would be done with the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileages were 22,354.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #6

Nov 262008


  • 4,000 miles
Toyota Camry 2009 model crash did not deploy any air bags. The crash extensively destroyed the front and the front left side with extensive damage up to $14,000.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #5

Mar 092009


  • 12,500 miles
While stopped at a light, we were struck on the driver's side of car by another vehicle at the side and front door with enough force to rotate the vehicle 90 degrees, push it over a high curb and to cause nearly $15,000 in damage to body and chassis. Not one of the airbags deployed, resulting in head injury to the driver.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 282009


  • 18,500 miles
The operation of the side seat airbags on the Toyota Camry are compromised due to the fact that the integrity of the seat cushion has a design flaw that causes the cushion to collapses around the airbag. Which would change the angle of the airbag and cause it not to deploy properly.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 242010


  • 19,854 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. Approximately one month ago the the contact stated that her radio display was not visible whenever she started the vehicle. Within a few weeks, the rear power windows began opening on their own. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when the brakes were engaged; however, the vehicle would not stop which caused her to crash into a vehicle in front of her. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a body shop who advised the contact that there was also an electrical failure since the vehicle would start. The repair shop made several attempts to start the vehicle and was unsuccessful. The manufacturer advised her that the recall repair will start in April and that she would have to wait until then. The contact stated that the air bags did not deploy. The failure mileage was 19854.

- North Ridge, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 162009


  • 35,141 miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry le was rear-ended at around 40-50 miles per hour and it was pushed into the car in front of me. So I was struck from the back and then the front. The other two cars' airbags deployed but mine did not. I notice there are front and side tests done on cars but never when one is rear-ended. I went to the emergency room with a headache and stiffness in my neck and was diagnosed with whiplash - head and back. Everyone I've mentioned this to wondered why my airbags did not deploy. Can you tell me if it should have" fortunately my seatbelt worked and restrained me and I did not bump my head on anything other than the headrest. Just wondering if I should be concerned that my airbag did not deploy. Oh, and my just-paid off Camry was totaled -- over $12,000 in damages so I have to buy another car and wondering if I should consider another vehicle. I feel fortunate that I was able to walk away from the incident though there is no more "truck" so to speak left on my car. I'd like to get another Camry but need to know if the lack of airbag deployment is important to consider when buying another car. Also, I have been hearing that the floor mat recall on the Toyota from 2007 -2010 is not really a floor mat issue but an electrical one that Toyota is not telling us about. What do you know about this"

- Springfield, VA, USA

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