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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,667 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 022006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


: the contact stated while the vehicle was at a stop, the steering wheel continued to move to the left. The dealership was unable to determine a problem. Updated 03/28/06.

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 022006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
: the contact stated while turning, the steering wheel made a grinding noise. An independent repair shop determined the steering wheel needed to be removed and lubricated. Updated 03/20/06.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 182003

(reported on)

Camry 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was involved in an accident and his knees were injured when they hit the steering column adjustment handle bar. The design of the adjustment handle bar was not correct and stuck out over 1 inch to far.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

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