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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,742 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.

2003 Toyota Camry seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 272010


  • miles


The accident occurred on the 5 freeway going from northern California to southern California, on the grapevine. It was rainy out and during the time of the incident the rain was just softening up. In the far left lane I driven my vehicle at about 55 - 60mph, speed limit was at 65mph. I begin to slow down, and while doing so the car begins to swerve and not react to my brakes. It then turns out to the next lane and begins spinning about 4 times while I pull up the emergency brakes. No car collision happened, but it was headed straight towards the guard rail, where it then hit the left front of the car and then the side left of the car and back left of the car. The car finally braked, with damage to the front, side left, and back of vehicle, blown out both back tires, wouldn't turn on, & no air bags deployed. The accident caused damaged to the vehicle and cracked pavement as well as moved guard reel affected area about a foot in. Passenger had head, neck and back injuries, nothing to serious, just enough to get checked up and sent to the hospital. I believe the speed of the car should have caused the air bags to deploy. Its a 2003 Toyota Camry, I've been the owner for about a year and a half, no accidents prior to this one.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 182008


  • 68,000 miles
Door slammed shut and side air curtain deployed. Car was not running and at a full stop.

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 212008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,250 miles
Passenger side curtain airbag deployed on hard door slam.

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer received recall 04-V346-000 for replacement of the curtain shield air bag. No parts were available. Service manager cathy.

- Kirksey, KY, USA

problem #2

May 132004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,700 miles
On May 13, 2004, while stopped, the vehicle was T-boned by another vehicle at an estimated speed of 50-55mph. The side air bag failed to deploy at anytime from the crash. The side air bag split the seat back upholstery but failed to fully deploy.

- North Branford, CT, USA

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problem #1

Oct 232003


  • 8,500 miles
While driving 45 mph vehicle was involved in a broad side collision. Upon impact, side airbags did not deploy. Driver and passenger sustained bruised ribs and back injuries.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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