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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,825 miles

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2013 Toyota Camry electrical problems

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2013 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 072016

Camry

  • 23,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving the vehicle either on a city street or highway or turning the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Nothing works, car wont start, key will not move, gear is stuck. This has happen three times within a year. The dealer has check it out but has no answer to why it happens. My air-condition fogs up the window, as so does the heater making the visibility difficult. There was also a strong odor of gas when you make a turn. All my complaints have been reported but nothing done. My fear is a major accident will be cause because of this.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 092016

Camry

  • 37,369 miles
I was drove the car for shopping 25 miles away from home at 9:00 am. At 11:50 am, on the way back, the back shook slightly and made small noises that were unfamiliar. I checked to see if the shift gear was set correctly and windows were closed, which they were. There was no unusual blinking of driver panel light indicating any type of warning. When I arrived at the drive way at 12:30pm, turning into the front of the house as usual, the car suddenly accelerated and my car ran into the garage door and side of the house.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 032015

Camry

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Camry. While parked, the vehicle accelerated without warning when the contact removed the key from the ignition. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 012014

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Camry. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle jerked. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the modem needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 112013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 2,600 miles
I was driving on M-80 across Illinois, for about 2 hours on cruise control, set at 69 mph. I suddenly realized that the car seemed to be going too fast, as I passed a couple cars rather quickly. I glanced at the speedometer and saw it, in about one second, go from 85 mph to 87 mph and I immediately braked, thereby stopping the cruise control (?) from continuing to accelerate the car. When this happened, I did not have my foot on the gas pedal or my hand near the cruise control mechanism. The car just simply accelerated quickly on it's own. I tried to continue to use cruise control to drive back to Michigan, however shortly thereafter, it began to rain/snow so I didn't use the cruise control after that. This is a new car that I just bought in September.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 182013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the steering wheel became rough when driving or when attempting a turn in either direction. There was also an abnormal noise from the steering wheel with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the tires needed to be inflated to the correct pressure. The contact also stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The contact was at as top sign when another vehicle crashed into the front driver"S side of the contact"S vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained neck, back and head injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 13V44200 (air bags, electrical system, equipment) however, the vehicle was not included in the air bag recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3000. Updated 05/12/14 MA the consumer stated another vehicle struck the driver side front left wheel and dragged his vehicle sideways toward a telephone pole. He applied the brake, but the vehicle did not stop. He hit the window during impact and was knocked unconscious. Updated 05/14/14

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012013

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Cpsc: I1420031A. 2013 Toyota Camry. Consumer states does the flame retardant material in the heated seats when the heater is in use give off vapor or fumes that cause eye and respiratory irritation? the consumer stated a new release was published, to stop Toyota from selling 2013 and 2014 Toyota Camry's, due to flame retardant materials in heated seats, not approved by the fda.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #5

Dec 232013

Camry

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Camry. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V442000 (air bags, electrical system, equipment) and the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The dealer informed the contact that the remedy part will not be available until February 13, 2014. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Loyall, KY, USA

problem #4

Dec 152013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle the check engine light illuminated. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that rodents had damaged the electrical wiring by attempting to build a nest inside the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 6000. Updated 02/11/2014

- Mccalla, AL, USA

problem #3

Dec 182013

Camry

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that he attempted to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13V442000 (air bags, electrical system, equipment) but was informed that the parts were on a national backorder. The contact felt that since the failure was reported in October of 2013, there should have been a remedy available before December 2013. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 8,000.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 162013

Camry

  • 115 miles
The navigation system, which is all electronic in these new models, is randomly malfunctioning, and gives improper voice commands that have caused me to make sudden and unsafe turns. It once told me in the middle of the 405 freeway: "turn left now". it stops navigating on on its own when you haven't reached your destination. It tells you to turn in 300 yards, yet the turn is actually more like 30 yards. While parked at my home address, the navigation displays an address 4 to 5 houses away, (it's about 80 yards away). The system jumped from being on the southbound 405 freeway to the street and said: "route recalculation". these malfunctions are random. My wife and I have actually started video taping the navigation system in action to show the malfunctions. We have actual video footage of the malfunctions. I have tried to have Toyota repair the unit, but was told that there is no software update. Now, I am being told that the navigation system is "operating as designed". this is also not safe to drive as it is distracting, misleading and it doesn't allow me to maintain road awareness. This vehicle is not safe to drive while the navigation is in use.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 302013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 115 miles
We leased a 2013 Toyota Camry xle on Friday March 29th, 2013 at 9:00 pm. From manhattan beach Toyota in manhattan beach California. The very next day, Saturday March 30th, 2013 while driving northbound on highway 99 near bakersfield at 65 miles per hour to lindsay California from inglewood California, I heard a "ding" sound and I felt the steering wheel stiffen up. I had to immediately hold on tightly to the steering wheel to try and keep control of the car. I then noticed all of the dashboard lights had turned on. I also noticed that all of the gauges were no longer functioning. My wife and I were very terrified as we immediately thought of that poor family that lost their lives during a Toyota malfunction. As I tried to keep control of the car, looking for an exit off the highway, I realized that the power steering was no longer working. The car was difficult to maneuver, but I was able to pull off the highway and take the car to bill wright Toyota nearby. They were unable to fix the car that day and I had to leave it there. The car was in their possession for 6 days as I was told that a Toyota engineer needed to go to bakersfield and fix the problem. Toyota had to replace the whole electronic control unit.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

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