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:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,359 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.

2009 Toyota Camry steering problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Aug 012008

Camry 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Vehicle pulls hard to the left no matter what speed or lane you are in. Have visited the local Toyota dealership numerous times and all they do is switch the tires around. Vehicle has had 4 front end alignments and none have corrected the issue. Vehicle now has 80,000 miles on it and I am on my 5th set of tires due to the wear in them.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #17

Aug 122012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 43,164 miles
The steering mechanism is making a clicking or rubbing noise upon turning corners. Started about a month ago and has gotten progressively worse. Toyota dealership states that my entire steering shaft needs to be replaced at my cost. This car has not been driven that much and I feel the steering should not be a problem on such a new car.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #16

May 302012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
At speeds over above 60 mph the car pulls hard to the left.this was reported to the dealer. I had to replace the rear brakes because the right rear brake froze and destroyed the rotor. I had a full brake inspection and was told that they were ok. One week later the front brake locked up on the passenger and went on fire. The dealer tells me the caliper froze. Now I have to replace all the pads and rotors on the front end. The is a serious and dangerous problem with this model Camry. I have read endless reports of difficulty with controlling this car while braking at highway speeds. This is a braking issue not alignment.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #15

Sep 012011


  • miles


There has been common issue going with Toyota steering intermediate shaft getting loosed at unknown number of miles. Some cars getting it less than 36K ( which is under warranty ) some over 36K and customer ends up paying any where between $450-$900 depending upon what kind of model they are driving. I drive 2009 Camry its been maintained according to Toyota recommendation. Recently, steering started making clunk, knocking sound which is loud. Toyota dealer also agreed that sound is very loud. Its a safety issue. It can cause damage or never know break the steering. Looks like Toyota has been ignoring this issue and not recalling vehicles. Obviously cost saving would be the only reason.

- Inver Grove Hts, MN, USA

problem #14

Mar 152010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 55-60 mph, the vehicle pulled to the right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The failure continued and the vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 48,345.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #13

Dec 232010


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 70 mph, the steering column suddenly broke off. The contact was able to put the column back on while applying pressure in order to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 132010


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While traveling 60 mph the contact applied the brakes and noticed that the steering wheel had began to vibrate. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was taken to the dealership where recall 09V388000 and 10V017000 vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal were performed. The failure was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 20000 and the current mileage was 28000.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #11

Jun 142010


  • 28,500 miles
Yesterday, June 14, 2010 at approximately 6:30 P.M. I pulled in my driveway and shut the engine off. I gathered my purse and a couple of packages out of the car, shut the door and realized I had not closed the drivers side window up all the way. I got back in the car, put my key in and the key would not turn. I struggled with it quite a while thinking maybe it was the key. Pulled the key out and examined it and found nothing wrong. I left the door ajar, so this time I closed the door thinking maybe this was a safety feature and again the key would not turned. It took me wrestling with the steering back and forth from side to side several times before the steering wheel unlocked to power up to shut the window. It was very frustrating and concerned me hoping it would never happen while the car was in motion with everything else going on with Toyota's and felt it needed to be reported and looked into.

- Mccormick, SC, USA

problem #10

Jun 042010


  • miles
I have a 2009 Camry I have brought it to the dealership quite a few times due to my wheel pulling away from me. I have had it align a few times but the keep saying they don't see a problem. This is the third time I actually almost had an accident with my wheel pulling away from now I am getting real afraid of driving my car. I will bring it in to the dealership in the morning to address this issue one more time. I hope you guys can help before something tragic happen because looking online I see alot of people have the same problem with Toyota vehicles that's how I found out how to contact you all. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #9

Nov 152008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2009 Toyota Camry pulls to the left while driving. The first incident the power steering gear assembly was replaced and reset front specs. The problem later occurred again and the consumer was informed that there was no problem with the vehicle. The consumer stated his fiance experienced sudden acceleration while applying the brakes to park the vehicle and ended up on the curb. The consumer received a phone call and was instructed to take the vehicle to the dealer, so the recall repair could be taken care of, but when he arrived at the dealer, he was informed they could only perform one repair. The consumer also stated an alignment did not resolve the issue of the vehicle pulling to the left.

- Sabina, OH, USA

problem #8

Feb 272010


  • 28,632 miles


We own a 2009 Camry SE. The car pulls to the left regardless of road grade. We have had the car aligned nine (9) times in 45 days. Each instance the alignment has read "out of alignment". the dealership has said there isn't anything they can do. We have purchased two (2) sets of tires and the problem hasn't been resolved. The vehicle has 28,000 miles. Steering while breaking - @10mph to stop: Pulls hard to the left. Steering wheel will turn 18 degrees counter clockwise before complete stop. Have repeated this consistently (eleven..11, times ) with dealership service mgr. In vehicle. This vehicle presents a definite safety issue. Vehicle is exceptionally difficult to drive in inclement weather conditions.. I.e., snow, ice and rain. Request further investigation and NHTSA involvement.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 012009


  • 140 miles
The car is difficult to steer in a straight line at higher speeds (above 50mph). The steering keeps pulling to the left even when the road is banked in the opposite direction. This has been present since new and currently car has 7000 miles. This was pointed out in the1000 mile service and wheel alignment was done by Toyota dealership to rectify the issue. However, the problem does not seem to be related to wheel alignment and is present even after the alignment work. At 70mph, the car is difficult to keep in a straight line using both hands on the steering, and a constant corrective effort is required. This makes the car go in a slight zig zag within the lane and does not inspire confidence, and needless to say scares other travelers driving in their own lanes. Another issue is very inconsistent braking. This is a Camry hybrid and the point of shift between regenerative braking and friction braking is very inconsistent. The regenerative braking feels and to be slow down the car at a slower pace until friction braking comes up and immediately slows the car down. The net result is car does not slow down as it should initially but then doing so very quickly. This is very evident is slow moving traffic. Plus, my car seems to have a light screeching noise coming from right brake (not the usual brake noise). This happens only when car is cold, and when not braking. When braking it goes away. It has been present since new and Toyota has not been able to replicate or correct it.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 172009


  • 100 miles
My Toyota Camry (2009) always steers to the left on highway. Have to hold tight to keep it straight. Sent to dealer, got four wheel alignment, but the problem still exists. Sent to the dealer again, the dealer said they could not find any problem. The problem is still there, my friend who drove the car felt the same.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 112009


  • 500 miles
Possible steering issue with my 2009 Toyota Camry. Car drifts to the left even after dealership has aligned the front end. First alignment was needed right after I took possession of my new car March-April 2009, and 2nd time in the summer of 2009. The vehicle shouldn't need constant alignments, not sure what the problem is, should be investigated.

- Englewood, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 052010


  • 11,000 miles
Purchased 2009 Toyota Camry (with 11,000 miles - demo, on the drive home noticed it was pulling to the right. Being a new car, we scheduled to have it fixed, and on ride home, it pulled to the left. At times during the ride, it seemed to switch pulling between the right and left. The car is practically brand new (12,000 miles)with no damage from owners.

- Honea Path, SC, USA

problem #3

Dec 012008


  • miles
We own a 2009 Camry. As has been reported regarding the Toyota corolla, our Camry also has a problem of drifting at high to medium speeds. The driver must be constantly alert to this problem to ensure the vehicle remains in its lane. Our Toyota dealer acknowledged the problem but said it was a tire problem, not related to our car's steering system. We purchased new tires but the problem remains. We believe the steering problem reported on the corolla also exists in our Camry and that this unsafe situation should be carefully investigated.

- Bigfork, MT, USA

problem #2

Jun 142009


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle at any speeds including 20 mph, he noticed that the vehicle would slightly pull to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact had all four tires replaced which included a steering alignment; however, the failure has continued to occur. The failure has occurred since the vehicle was purchased. The current and failure mileages were 25000.

- Effingham, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 122009


  • 8,000 miles
I purchased my 2009 Camry in 2008 mid summer, everything is fine except that at or about 8000 miles I notice that the alignment was off and it would pull slightly to the left. I took the vehicle into the dealership and the problem seemed to be fixed. At or about 12,000 miles, the alignment was off and still pulling to the left again. It seems there is a problem with the alignment and I feel that it should be looked at.

- Indio, CA, USA

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