really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 1
Average Mileage:
56,528 miles

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jan 202010


  • 98,000 miles


Sticking accelerator on 2001 Toyota Camry.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 232006


  • miles
The first accident on 12/23/2006 was a big one. It was my first and only accident. It happened, medford, MA. I got into this accident when I was driving my 2001 Camry at less than 30 miles per hour in a local street/bridge, trying to turn to the left, there were no cars around, only 2 or 3 cars far away behind me. While I was turning, suddenly the 2001 Camry was ¿out of control¿. I just could not slow down or stop the car, no matter what I did. It kept moving ahead. I turned the car to the left and then right. It hit the left and right curb of the street/bridge. My car was damaged very badly. Fortunately I was ok. I reported the accident to the Massachusetts motor vehicle department and local police department, but I had no idea about what had happened. The only thing I could do at that time was to replace 4 tires and to replace the brake systems, besides fixing the body and the damaged engine. I spent more than $6000 to fix the car and six points was added into my car insurance. The second one in 2009 was similar to the one in 2006. It was very scary. There were a lot of cars around and it could be a huge one. My son was driven the same car, 2001 Camry to the church in chelmsford, MA on a Friday evening. I was sitting besides him. He was driving on the local street in less than 30 miles per hour and wanted turn to the right at an intersection. Suddenly he could not slow down or stop the car. He almost hit the car on the side street waiting for the green light. After that he still could not control the car, the car was moving and moving ahead, and finally the car was inactively stopped by a set of bush and a curb in a small parking lot. Again I had no idea what had happened at that time. But why was my 2001 Camry out of control" I am wondering what would happen if the incidence happens in a high way" my son or I might be killed! that is really scary!

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #15

Mar 152004


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, proceeding to a traffic signal pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal, followed by an unintended lunge and increase of acceleration. The driver was able to continue normal operation after several attempts to the sticky accelerator pedal. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the accelerator assembly needed to be cleaned. The vehicle was not repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #14

Dec 092009


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While in a drive-thru establishment he applied pressure to the brake pedal and then the vehicle accelerated without intention. As a consequence he crashed into a brick wall. He was moderately injured. The fire department and police were called to the scene. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The failure and current mileages were 68,000.

- Portland , OR, USA

problem #13

Jun 282009


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving into a shopping center, the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The contact applied extreme pressure to the brake pedal; however, the vehicle failed to slow down. The contact was able to avoid crashing into the front of a building; however, he crashed into a dumpster and the back of the building. The vehicle was destroyed. The air bags deployed. The contact sustained broken ribs, numerous bruises and contusions. The contact has not confirmed if the floor mats caused the vehicle to accelerate. The current and failure mileages were 91,000.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 092008


  • 126,500 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 5 mph into a parking space, the vehicle surged forward and jumped the curb. The contact crashed into a pole without warning. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileages were 126,500.

- Moosic, PA, USA

problem #11

Aug 242006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,100 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle began to accelerate on its own while stopped at an intersection. The problem occurred on two separate occasions. The vehicle was not taken to a service dealer. Updated 9/11/2006 - the vehicle was taken to the dealer were, at his request, the cruise control module was disconnected permanently.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 072006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
At approximately 2:30 pm, my son was backing out of our driveway in our 2001 4 cylinder Camry. He placed the car in reverse and the car shot backward at very high speed, completely out of control. The car traveled about 65 feet across our narrow side street, where the car side-swiped a cement worker's truck and substantially slowed down for about 1 second due to the contact. My son was attempting to pull the accelerator up with his foot while the car was side-swiped, thinking that the accelerator had jammed, when the car broke away from the side-swipe and again shot out at uncontrollable speed. The car had been steered slightly to the driver's left, so the car proceeded in a semi-circle another 75 feet, back across the curb over our lawn through and over approximately 1 foot high landscaping stone and came to a rest inches from our house, only after my son pulled up the parking brake and somehow threw the car into park I've gone through Toyota regional in Aurora, il - they sent their engineer who performed a non-road test on the car at the body shop, found nothing wrong. Thereafter, one of my co-workers did some web search and discovered the concept of "sudden acceleration", the recall on the 2001 6 cylinder Toyota and the nftsa inquiries on the 2002-04 models. Toyota refuses to do anything other than have their engineer meet me to do a road test after the body work is fixed. I am shocked and stunned at Toyota's lack of concern on such an obvious safety issue. I have more, but have edited this to comply with the 2000 character requirement. Please contact me.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 112005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states she received a carfax report that stated the following could happen. "the front frame assembly has not been adequately welded. Fuel throttle linkage and control; the accelerator cable housing could be deformed at the cruise control at the actuator to the throttle body. The inner accelerator inner cable could veer away and eventually break this could allow the throttle to return to the idle or remain in its most recent position regardless of accelerator pedal operation increasing the risk of a crash." None of these symptoms apply to her vehicle at this time.

- Winter Hills, MA, USA

problem #8

Feb 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,755 miles
While driving 31 mph the steering veered to the right and the vehicle accelerated without warning. As a result the consumer lost control of the vehicle and collided into a tree. No injuries reported. The cause had not been determined. Please provide additional information.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 302004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Pulling into a parking space the car suddenly accelerated and did not stop until it crashed into two porches. There is no question that the car was already slowing down because the car was pulling into a parking slot.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 242004

(reported on)

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving with cruise control engaged, the driver depressed the brakes, instead of the brakes engaging the vehicle accelerated causing the driver to lose control and hit the semi. Due to the extent of impact, the frontal air bags deployed and the vehicle was deemed totaled.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 282002

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,373 miles
While turning into a parking space between two vehicles, the vehicle suddenly surged forward, jumped a curve, and hit another vehicle that was facing the consumers vehicle.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

May 092002


  • miles
On Thursday, May 9th, 2002 I was pulling into a parking spot in the parking lot of the jewel store at 40th street and harlem ave. In stickney, il. My speed at that time was 1 or 2 mph. About 3 or 4 feet from where I was to make a complete stop - the car suddenly made a loud "revving" noise and lurched forward - up over a curb, up a grassy embankment, knocked down two pine trees and sideswiped a 6' wooden fence before coming to a stop. My foot was on the brake as all this was happening, but the car wouldn't stop until stopped by the fence.

- Forest View, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 292001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, and upon coming to a complete stop vehicle continued to move, put in park and put emergency brake on before the vehicle came to a complete stop. Took vehicle to dealer, dealer found every thing normal consumer stated that on several occasions vehicle surges forward and accelerates after a complete stop.

- Patchoque, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 302001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55-60 mph in rain engine suddenly roared and vehicle slowed down to 25-30 mph on its own. Dealer could not find cause. Did not believe this happened. Happened again on August 2, 2001. Same response from dealer.

- Snow Camp, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 012001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While traveling between 55 and 65 mph a vibration occurs in vehicle under normal operation. Dealership could not duplicate problem, and could not assist consumer. During the week of June 11th, accelerator stuck while vehicle was in operation. Dealership again stated they could not find anything wrong with vehicle. Consumer noticed cruise control was not working properly shortly after purchase, it would cut in and out and jerk vehicle, dealer adjusted terminal of jumper switch wire to ensure good contact and adjusted cable of the cruise control a couple months later, now consumer experiences problems with the accelerator sticking without the cruise control turned on, cruise is still experiencing problems while on, rpms are running high while at stops, and accelerator is sticking. While applying brakes when they are heated up, they get hard and cause vehicle to vibrate.

- Apex, NC, USA

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