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

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 9 of 11)

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problem #45

Sep 042008


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While driving 2 mph, the vehicle suddenly lunged forward when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle crashed into the curb and a wall. The vehicle was moderately damaged. The contact called the manufacturer and is waiting to have the vehicle inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 40,000.

- Aliso Viejp, CA, USA

problem #44

Apr 032007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. On April 4, 2008, the contact heard a rattling sound coming from the vehicle while approaching a stop. The vehicle surged forward and the power steering and brakes locked. The vehicle then sped across the street, grazed a retaining wall, and struck a fence in someone's backyard. The vehicle also grazed another vehicle. The contact sustained injuries and was rushed to the hospital. She stated that she experienced a milder incident of surging before, but she had more control over the vehicle in the first few months after purchasing it in April of 2007. A police report was filed. The contact had not yet notified Toyota. The current mileage was 47,000 and failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 04/23/08

- Faugus, MA, USA

problem #43

Dec 162006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. In an attempt to park the vehicle, it surged forward and struck a post. The contact placed her foot on the brake pedal, shifted into reverse, and released the brake when the vehicle accelerated backwards, sideswiped a vehicle, jumped a curve, and struck another vehicle before coming to a stop. The front passenger sustained head injuries and the vehicle sustained approximately $9,000 worth of damages. A police report was filed. The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 45,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #42

Aug 302007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,110 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The consumer stated when she attempted to park the vehicle with her foot on the brake, suddenly the vehicle accelerated without warning and crashed into a plate glass window of a business and through the building. The tires were still spinning after the crash. An insurance claim was filed. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 38,110. Updated 10/03/04 the consumer stated she never took her foot off the brake. Updated 06/15/10.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 072007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,190 miles
- the contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While coming out of the car wash and switching the position gear from neutral to drive the vehicle accelerated to almost 50 mph for about 20-30 seconds, causing it to crash into a pole. The contact tried to apply the brake, but could not stop the vehicle. Contact can provide pictures if needed. The current and failure mileage were both 26,190. The consumer stated that the vehicle was taken into performance and repaired. The vehicle would shake and veer to the right. Performance Dodge picked up vehicle for a 2nd repair and informed the consumer that a damp mount on right side of the vehicle was missing. The vehicle was delivered to consumer on 4/27/07 but consumer is still fearful to drive the vehicle. Updated 05/13/07

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #40

Oct 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2004 Toyota Camry. On four separate occasions, the vehicle surged when the driver depressed the brake pedal without depressing the accelerator pedal. The Toyota dealer inspected the vehicle and reported no problems.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #39

Mar 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


My mother and friend started out for church, the friend had come to pick her up when the 2004 Toyota Camry with less than 3000 miles on it was having difficulty shifting into reverse, then when she shifted into drive the car accelerated uncontrollably est speed on 80 - 92 mile a hour in less than 250 ft when the car hit a mobile home. They hit so hard it moved double wide almost a foot. Killing my mother the passenger and injury to her friend the driver. No air bag deployed and when Toyota was contacted they refused to speck to us. Attorneys have said that Toyota is so big, not cost I watch and in two years there are many many more many more have to die before something is done. See also 10074472.

- Bangor, CA, USA

problem #38

Oct 072006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
I was entering a parking space. My Toyota Camry (2004), had a surge of acceleration while I was depressing the brake. It would not stop causing my vehicle to lunge forward through a parking sign and a cement curve. The air bags failed to deploy at the time to crash.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #37

Jul 232006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
: the contact stated while inside of a public parking garage the vehicle surged forward crashing into three poles and a ticket machine. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who could not duplicate the problem. Updated 8/14/2006 - the impact caused whiplash and pain in the consumer's neck. This problem has occurred before and resulted in an accident. The consumer believes the pedals may be too close together causing him to hit them simultaneously while braking. The consume believes the head rest are too low to prevent whiplash.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #36

May 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
: the contact stated while turning into the driveway at 10 mph the vehicle surged forward jumped the curb and crashed into several scrubs. This incident occurred without prior warning. There was pre impact braking. Seat belts were in use however injuries were sustained. The vehicle was inspected by the insurance company prior to being towed to an independent auto shop for repairs. The vehicle had major damage to the front end and the mechanic was unable to determine what caused this incident. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #35

May 082006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,788 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle accelerated out of control 3 times when pulling into a parking space. The consumer neve rhit anothe rperson or car. She lid in a retirement home with others who park in a crowded lot. The contact believed that a defect caused these three incidents. Updated 06/01/2006.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #34

Jan 102004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
I own a 2004 Camry SE with the 3.3 liter V6. Ever since we purchased this car we have put up with a terrible hesitation in throttle response. Many times we have nearly been hit by other cars while pulling into the flow of traffic. I have taken it to the dealership and spoken with the manager as well as met with the regional Toyota rep. They both acknowledged that this is an issue but offered no resolution.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #33

Mar 252006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Sudden acceleration of our 2004 Toyota Camry xle after slowing down and making a 100 degree right turn into the garage. The car accelerated on its own for 90 feet, side-swiped our Jeep parked in the garage, and then took out the load bearing wall at the rear right of the garage. Car has 16K miles on it and has been garaged at all times. Insurance adjuster says there appears to be a problem, but cannot figure it out since this is car relies on electronic control throughout.

- Broad Run, VA, USA

problem #32

Nov 012004


  • miles
Consumer pressed gas pedal and vehicle did not accelerate, three seconds later vehicle lunged forward. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer was able to duplicate the problem but was unable to determine the cause. About 17 months later the vehicles was repaired. Updated

- Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #31

Dec 122005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,200 miles
The contact stated the accelerator pedal was stuck. She was pulling out onto the road. As she lightly pressed the accelerator pedal the vehicle went across the road and crashed into a metal pole. The front end of the vehicle was pushed underneath the windshield. The contact was wearing the seat belt. The air bags deployed. However, she was taken to the hospital with chest pains and bruising. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop for inspection. A representative from the manufacturer was coming to the repair shop to determine the cause of the incident. No repairs were ade because the vehicle was totaled. A police report was taken at the scene of the accident. Updated 1/11/2006.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #30

Nov 102005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,970 miles
I was pulling into apartment complex parking space when my 2005 Toyota Camry suddenly accelerated and surged forward. I had my foot on the brake and was half way in the spot when the car began to surge forward and jumped over sideway plowing into apartment building. I was pressing the brake all the way to the floor and the tires were screeching, but the car would not stop until it hit the building wall. The car will be towed to the dealership today for an estimate. There was severe damage to the apartment building.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #29

Mar 012005


  • 9,446 miles
Vehicle speed sensor malfunctioned. The speedometer needle would fluctuate while driving and sometimes wouldn't work at all. The odometer became stuck on the same mileage for 3-5 days. The dealer replaced the speed sensor and speedometer assembly several times. The consuemr traded the vehicle in because the dealer was unable to permanently rectify the problem.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #28

Sep 242005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,380 miles
The contact states that 2004 Toyota Camry xle suddenly accelerated. The contact slowly pulled into garage and the vehicle accelerated and hit an object in the garage. There was no damage to the car. The contact called Toyota dealership and let them know, and they said they had not heard of a car doing that. The speed was 1 mph.

- East Alton, IL, USA

problem #27

Aug 262005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Toyota Camry 2004, suddenly and unexpectedly surged forward out of control.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #26

May 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2004 Toyota Camry. On three occasions at a stop light the engine roared while the consumer's foot was on the brake. The vehicle actually lurched forward when this happened.the consumer had to press the brakes as hard as possible. The vehicle has been to the dealership to be inspected. They could not duplicate the problem. On one occasion he tried to put the vehicle in neutral and it went into reverse.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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