Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2003 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2003 Camry is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models had an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where their data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Camry acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2003 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
149 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
51 / 4
Average Mileage:
37,070 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.

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 12 of 12)

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problem #3

Mar 202003

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


The consumer experienced sudden acceleration immediately after the purchase of a certified used vehicle. The consumer applied the brake but the vehicle didn't respond. The ignition had to be turned off in order to stop the vehicle. (model xle) mr scc the consumer stated another vehicle pulled in front of him, he braked and swerved to avoid a collision. As he braked an swerved to the right, the vehicle suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated. The vehicle continued to accelerate as he steered to the left and attempted to brake to correct the initial swerve to the right. He then steered back to the right, then left, then right, in an attempt to control the vehicle. All of that time, he was applying the brake. In trying to gain control of the vehicle, the consumer crossed three lanes of traffic before the vehicle finally slammed sideways into a concrete median. Updated 04/09/10.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 102003

Camry 4-cyl

  • 533 miles
When the vehicle was placed in reverse, it all of sudden surged forward. Updated7/2/12

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 252003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
I had backed out of parking space. When I put 2003 Toyota Camry in drive, it surged forward. I braked but the vehicle accelerated. I depressed brake fully, nonetheless the car accelerated uncontrollably and very quickly. Vehicle only stopped by violent collision with two parked vehicles and cement blocks. Only good fortune prevented deaths of any passers by. Witnesses observed my foot fully on the depressed brake pedal as the car was at rest after the accident.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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