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:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 2
Average Mileage:
15,068 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 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Sep 282004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles


When applying the accelerator pedal vehicle hesitated then surged forward. Consumer was concerned that the vehicle will be rear ended. The vehicle may stall.

- Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 092004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's door handle stuck while driver tried to open the door. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem. Also, while applying the accelerator pedal vehicle hesitated and stalled. Consumer restarted the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Savage, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 142004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Difficulty shifting from park to reverse, then upon shifting into drive the car accelerated uncontrollably, would not stop, collided with a mobile home, air bags did not deploy, resulting in the death of one passenger and injury of driver see also voq 10171110.. updated 03/05/10 updated IVOQ 08/23/10 updated 9/21/2011

- Phoenix, OR, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Mar 242004


  • 466 miles
Consumer was parking the vehicle when it suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brakes, but the vehicle just kept going, causing property damage. Vehicle was towed to the dealers. Owner drove the vehicle home after the repairs were done. Again, the vehicle began to accelerate unexpectedly. 9/26/2005 - the vehicle's brake system failed when the consumer was returning home after the repairs (the vehicle did not accelerate again). The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a brake system repair. The brake pedal still feels soft/low.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 222004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Sudden acceleration when pulling into parking space

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004


  • 5,000 miles
While applying the brakes vehicle surged forward without warning. As a result, consumer lost control and hit a tree. Driver sustained lower back injuries.

- Mangum, OK, USA

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