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:
111 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
49 / 3
Average Mileage:
44,355 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.

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #25

Jun 202005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,400 miles


Caller's mother-in-law just got her car washed and when she pulled out of the car wash, the vehicle accelerated without warning. She pumped the brakes and tried to stop the car, and it would not stop. The car went into an 8 lane highway and was hit by an 18 wheeler and a pickup truck. Driver sustained injuries and so did the driver of the pickup truck, tractor trailer driver refused treatment. Vehicle was totaled. Manufacturer was contacted, and will be getting back to caller. Caller stated she just found out that in the spring her mother-in-law started the vehicle and the engine raced while it was in park. The only way to stop it was to turn it off. After the accident the tachometer showed 7000 rpms, and the speedometer indicated 100 mph. Police report was filed. Updated 08/04/10 updated 08/05/10 pictures received. Updated 10/08/10

- Willington, DE, USA

problem #24

Feb 282005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,982 miles
When consumer's wife was backing the vehicle into the driveway it accelerated on its own. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer who determined that nothing was wrong with the vehicle.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #23

Feb 122005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,071 miles
While my wife and I were at a complete stop in a line of traffic, our eleven month-old Camry le suddenly accelerated unexpectedly and without warning while my foot was squarely and firmly on the brake pedal. Within a few seconds: A) the car violently lurched forward, and I instinctively pressed harder on the brake to keep from plowing into the line of vehicles in front of me; B) we heard the engine accelerating; and, C) I checked the tachometer and observed it steadily increasing from a normal idle speed to almost the maximum. I maintained control of the vehicle and prevented the engine speed from continuing to its peak by quickly shifting the car into park and turning it off. After approximately 20-30 seconds I restarted the car, and the idle was once again normal. I drove the car to the nearest dealership, approximately 3 blocks away. The car has now been in the possession of the Toyota dealer for over two months, and their mechanics have been unable to replicate the event or find any record of the incident in the on-board computer.

- Darnestown, MD, USA

problem #22

Jul 012004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


At 630 miles the odometer failed. Which read 56 miles upon purchase. The speedometer, cruise control, and the odometer operated under one module. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. Three months later, the module failed again. Took the vehicle back to the dealer. They replaced the speedometer assembly. While driving with the vehicle in cruise control it will surge forward at an alarming rate of speed. Took the vehicle back to the dealer.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #21

Dec 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parking his 2004 Toyota Camry the vehicle accelerated suddenly and hit a parked car. When turning sharply to the right the vehicle felt as if it were going to flip, shifting gears were not smooth, the brake pedal felt soft and would go to the floor and there was an erratic effect when changing the radio stations.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #20

Sep 282004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,246 miles
Vehicle suddenly experienced a surge in acceleration. The consumer stated the problem happened when the gas pedal was applied hard.

- Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #19

Jan 122004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The vehicle tends to hesitate and not accelerate while pressing down on the accelerator pedal while on the road. Owner will contact manufacturer.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 192004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,100 miles
While making a left turn into a parking space, the vehicle accelerated without warning. As a result the vehicle collided into a parked vehicle. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide additional information.....while exiting a highway at 60 mph, removed foot from accelerator to coast into exit, vehicle suddenly accelerated 70-75 mph. Was able to control vehicle by applying brakes. Also, dealer repaired front bumper.

- New London, CT, USA

problem #17

Jun 202004

Camry 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
While applying the accelerator pedal, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. After applying the accelerator pedal numerous times the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic was not able to duplicate the problem.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #16

Sep 162004


  • 16,000 miles
Unexpectedly, without pressing on the gas pedal, car rapidly accelerated. The consumer stated he hit a building and the air bag did not deploy.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #15

Aug 012004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,800 miles


This complaint is regarding a problem with acceleration that I have been experiencing with my 2004 Toyota Camry V6. After applying the accelerator pedal, the engine hesitates for a couple of seconds before responding abruptly. I purchased the car new about six months ago, but the acceleration trouble did not begin until after I had been driving it for about three months. When I brought the car in for inspection by the dealership after the problem began, I was simply told that the computer had not found anything. Since then, the problem has gotten worse and I have become increasingly reluctant to drive the car.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #14

Oct 042004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When applying the accelerator pedal the vehicle hesitated then surged forward with aggressive means. Please provide additional information. The consumer stated that the accelerator response is very poor and erratic. The pedal has 1.5 to 2 inches of travel with no response from the engine. The service manager drove the consumers vehicle and another vehicle with the same make model and year to discover both vehicles had the same issue.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 182004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
The driver was pulling inside of the drivewayand vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied both feet on the brake pedal in order to stop, and vehicle continued to accelerate into the garage wall. Consumer was not injured. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic stated that the problem could not be duplicated. Consumer informed the mechanic this problem occurred more than once, and had not been resolved. Mechanic informed consumer that a representative would come down to inspect this vehicle.

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 122004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The speedometer and odometer reads higher than the actual speed and distance driven. The odometer records aproximately 1.2 miles when driven 1.O mile. The speed registers much faster than actual road speed. This is dangerous and it is impossible to know what actual speed the vehicle is travlling.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 252004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
This occurs on a 2004 Toyota Camry with a 3.0L V6 and a 5 speed automatic transmission. On occasion when slowing from a speed of 20 mph or more, the driver presses the accelerator and car hesitates and stumbles. Because of no response, the driver will floor the accelerator, there will be a 1-2 second delay and then the engine will race to 5000 RPM and the car will take off. Dealer has looked at the car twice and says there is nothing wrong. Toyota and the dealer state that the car is operating as designed and this delay is normal for this car. If it is normal, why doesn't it do it all the time?

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #10

Jun 162004

Camry 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
While parking and applying the brakes, the vehicle surged forward.

- Dennis, MA, USA

problem #9

Jun 082004


  • 6,700 miles
While braking uphill rpms accelerated at a high rate. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #8

May 232004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199 miles
Vehicle is a new 2004 Toyota Camry le with 190 miles on it when the incident occurred. I started the vehicle and shifted from park to reverse without taking my foot off the brake. The vehicle rapidly accelerated and travelled about two car lenghts before I was able to stop it.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #7

May 072004

(reported on)


  • miles
While shifting into reverse with foot depressed on the brakes vehicle accelerated at high speed. As a result, vehicle crashed into four houses, injuring several people, especially one person in bedroom.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
While accelerating from low speeds, the vehicle accelerated and caused a collision.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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