Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2004 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2004 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 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 2004 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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,185 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.

2004 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 122007


  • miles


I own a Toyota Camry 2004, and just bought Toyota Camry 2007. Camry 2004 worked fine in the beginning, but since last year the brakes felt too soft. I took it Toyota dealership many times, but they always said that it was normal. But I drove it everyday, so I know that it was not normal. I could not go above 60 mph on highway because I could not depend on the brakes, especially in winter. I got lucky and avoided accidents almost 10 times because of this brakes. It just won't work on time. I didn't know what to do with this car. So when time came for me to buy the new car, I went to Toyota and tried out new 2007 Camry and bought it. I bought 2007 Camry only because I liked the brakes. I even told the staff of the dealership the same thing too. But within in few weeks I took it back to dealership because brakes started becoming soft. I needed to know how could this be fixed. 2007 Camry which I still drive isn't as bad as 2004. But I can't say it for sure that it won't happen in future. How can I have this brakes fixed? there is something wrong with them. It is not normal, they say it is.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #14

Jan 282007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,515 miles
2004 Toyota Camry - the front breaks with ABS do not work properly. I have has several occasions where the breaks have failed to stop the car on snow - the ABS system pulsates too fast. This has happened on a dry road at a turn as well. Please, please, please - try to address this defect before someone get's killed.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #13

Jul 102006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,440 miles
: the contact stated while applying the brakes, the ABS activated at low speeds causing the brake pedal to go to the floor.

- Great Falls, VA, USA

problem #12

Dec 052005

Camry 16-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


My 2004 Toyota Camry's ABS breaks can't stop on icy road. Pls. Tell toyata not to install those ABS breaks in snowy states, not safe for driver or pedestrian.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 052005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the vehicle experienced defective braking system, a because pressing the brakes very hard over a period of months resulted in the contact suffered from pain foot, leg and hip pain. The dealership and the manufacturer have been contacted, and they stated nothing was wrong with the vehicle. Also, the amount of pressure required to stop the vehicle or to press the brakes was causing dimension stopping capacity. She know longer drove the vehicle because of the pain, and the constant fear of being in an accident.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 132005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes failed to work when going over bumpy roads, aslo brakes do seem to wrok as\ design (to stop) when immediate action is required. I press the brakes when trying to stop and avoid an accident howver the brakes did not appear to work and the car jst kept on going as I the brakes did not exist. I press hard with more than adequate time, however the brakes did not even slow down the vehicle. Something should be done before someone gets seriously injured. I was traveling at about 25-30 miles per hour and the brakes ailed to react as expected.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,950 miles


While driving brakes and/or steering was over riding his judgment. Vehicle started the pull to the right consumer had a hard time trying to keep the vehicle in line.....while driving on dry flat road about 70 mph vehicle began to pull to the right. Consumer tried to correct back straight but steering did not respond. Turned harder and to leftand car started lef toff the road. Tried to correct back right lightly and steering did not respond. Turne dharder right and car went hard right almost off the road. Consume rhit the brakes to keep from leaving the road. Also, vehicle has bad vibration a thighway speeds from tires.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #8

Dec 032004

Camry 4-cyl

  • 9,450 miles
While driving and attempting to stop the vehicle the ABS failed. The consumer depressed the brake pedal completely to the floor but the vehicle would not stop. The ABS did not kick in when it should have.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
After hearing the brakes squeak, thereafter they did not hold as effectively, however, the brakes were not inspected.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The brake pedal was defective. The brakes did not grabb like they should, they almost went to the floor. Manufacturer was no notified, however the dealer found no defects.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 142004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,423 miles


Break pedal goes all the way to the floor. Car takes an excessive distance to stop from freeway speeds. Dealer says all 2004 Toyota Camry do this. They say there is no problem. Lets do something before someone dies instead of after someone dies.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 192004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The ABS light came on while I was driving the car after having this part repaired the previous week. Toyota did a final repair attempt on the car in compliance with the North Carolina state lemon law for a resonable number of attepmts. The yaw sensor was replaced and the light went off. The traction control system in the car was not working until the part was replaced.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 022004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
While driving at 30 mph driver applied the brakes and they failed. Vehicle took longer to stop. As result, it rear ended another vehicle and was side swiped by another. Prior to the crash, consumer took the vehicle to the dealership who found nothing wrong. The consumer stated that the vacuum did not exist. (the pedal was fully depressed to the floorboard)

- Roscoe, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 292004

(reported on)


  • miles
Upon applying the brakes consumer sometimes depressed the accelerator at the same time. This causesd the vehicle to surge forward. Both the manufacturer and the dealer were notified.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 272004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
When braking vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit two other vehicles.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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