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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
90,662 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

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2003 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 152009

Camry XLE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,020 miles


Seal around front passengers side airbag separating from dashboard causing danger and potential hazard in the event of spontaneous airbag deployment. - Alexandria, VA, USA

- , Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 202014

Camry XLE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,304 miles

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My Front Passenger Air Bag looks as though it will deploy at anytime. I've taken it into my local Dealership twice, once on my own, then after Toyota Corporate Office told me to take it in. I was told that I need a new dashboard because of the age of the vehicle, which is eleven years old. Toyota vehicles AREN'T as good as they say according to the Technicians in my City! They ARE full of CRAP!!! I feel they are all in it together. The person from the Corporate office said she'd contact me in three business days because she needs to speak with my local Dealership. She acts as though their mouths don't speak lies! She asked me what I wanted Toyota to do for me, when I said fix the problem, she said she needed to look into it more, She can't promise any positive results. They will be in a lot of trouble IF those air bags deploy on people. It's CHEAPER to fix them!! I know not to purchase another Toyota because they are NOT built to last, at least the dashboards, according to employees!!! My car looks wonderful, inside/out, the only problem is around the air bag. I guess it'll take a SERIOUS injury or DEATH for them to STOP making excuses and repair the problems! Defaults on anything can come at anytime, I guess they DON'T know that! The Technician had the audacity to ask me if I read what was stated on the invoice because I wanted names. He can't spell because my last name isn't spelled correctly. He then walked over to another employee and said, "she's pissed with me right now". He needs to keep his mouth shut, everyone isn't like me and may not walk away. I'm VERY upset with Toyota and will NOT give them my business ever again!!! I'm done ranting!! :). Have a Safe and Blessed Day All!!!!!

- , Fort Pierce, FL, USA

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