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 11 of 11)

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problem #5

Apr 212004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was driving down the street of my subdivision at about 20 miles per hour and my car surged forward on its own on two occasions. Again when I was at a stop light with my brake on, it surged forward again and then did it again while I had my foot on the brake. I barely got it stopped in time to keep it from rear ending an 18 wheeler cab in front of me.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 162004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes vehicle suddenly accelerated. Driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The driver informed the mechanic that this problem occurred six times. The dealer has put 400 miles on the vehicle trying to duplicate the problem but has been unsuccessful.

- Highland Heights, KY, USA

problem #3

Feb 252004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- new Toyota Camry le purchased January 2004 - on February 25th key would not turn (took 10 - 15 minutes to start it) - later while parking, the car the steering locked turning the car to the right - the car accelerated and surged despite depressing the brake (same as ODI peo4021) - though the car broke a metal flag pole, damaged a retaining wall, and fell seven feet into a major street, the air bags did not deploy - car is severely damaged: Wheels, tires, front end, gas tank, front axle - driver has a swollen and sore knee along with significant soft tissue injuries including back pain

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,600 miles
While parking in a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. As a result, the consumer lost control of the vehicle and hit a chain and fence post. Dealer notified.

- Morris, AL, USA

problem #1

Feb 222004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 671 miles
As I was pulling into a parking space with my foot depressing the brake pedal, my new (less than one month old) Toyota Camry 2004 surged forward at a high velocity and I hit a brick wall damaging my vehicle. Injury: Sprained ribs and bruises to chest and knees.

- Pawling, NY, USA

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