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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,060 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 #3

Mar 232006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


: the contact stated the rear passenger seatbelt would not retract. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, which determined the seatbelt assembly needed to be replaced.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 042005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,881 miles
Contact stated the right rear seat belt came undone on a passenger during an accident. The vehicle slid in a snow storm and crashed. A police report was taken. The dealer has not been contacted. The manufacturer gave the contact case number, and offered no free remedy.

- Lexington, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 112003


  • 2,300 miles
Front passenger side and rear passenger side seat belts locked up while driving. This caused bruises on the chest of passengers in those seating positions. Dealer could not duplicate or determine the cause of the problem.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

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