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.


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Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 2
Average Mileage:
15,068 miles

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Feb 072013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph downhill. The engine surged at a much higher rate of speed. The brakes failed and the contact was unable to control the steering. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle until she crashed into an embankment. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was later towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 108,000. Updated 3/14/13 the consumer stated she had not control over the vehicle. It continued approximately 3/4 of a mile all over the road and surrounding areas, until it finally hit an embankment and the front end of the vehicle went into the ground. And then stopped.

- Morrison, IL, USA

problem #26

Jul 312011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the accelerator was engaged while driving approximately 55 mph, but the vehicle did not respond. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis where they advised that the electronic throttle control unit was faulty. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 9/13/11 updated 09/28/11

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #25

Apr 012009


  • miles
2004 Toyota Camry. Consumer states unintended acceleration the consumer stated she was making a right turn to park the vehicle, when suddenly, the vehicle accelerated out of control, hit a pole, went over a small mound of grass and stopped hitting two cars that were parked perpendicular on the other side of the mound grass. When the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, to have it inspected, it was discovered that the hooks were missing that held the floor mats in place.

- Somerdale, NJ, USA

problem #24

Feb 082010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


2004 Toyota Camry. Consumer states throttle body and gas pedal malfunctioning. The consumer stated he started the vehicle and when he pressed on the accelerator pedal to leave his driveway, nothing happened. Meaning, the gas pedal did not work, but rather he simply coasted. He shut the vehicle off and restarted it, but received the same results. The check engine light illuminated and it stayed on for some time after the second effort. Later that day, the vehicle drove fine with no problems. The consumer went to the dealer and they diagnosed the problem as the throttle circuit.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #23

May 012008

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owned a 2004 Toyota Camry. While driving at speeds of 40 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck in the open throttle position. The contact attempted to depress the brake pedal but to no avail. As a result, the vehicle continued to accelerate and proceeded to crash into a tree. The passenger of the vehicle was killed. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were not available./15/2011

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #22

Dec 012009


  • miles
Ltr of thanks for the February 24th testimony before the house committee, which detailed NHTSA's supervision of several Toyota vehicle recalls; it is imperative that this issue be thoroughly assessed to determine the safety of all Toyota vehicles. When the consumer attempted to stop at a red light, the vehicle continued to accelerate. The consumer avoided a collision, by making a sharp right turn and within a few minutes the vehicle was back under her control. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and they removed the driver's side floor mat and placed it on the passenger side. The inspected the vehicle, but couldn't find anything wrong. The consumer didn't experience another problem until January 15, 2010 she was leaving the service station, turned right onto the main street and the vehicle accelerated twice for a short period of time. The dealer checked the vehicle again, but to no avail.

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #21

Mar 102010

(reported on)


  • miles


2004 Toyota Camry. Consumer states repeated gas pedal surge. The consumer stated the vehicle accelerated on three occasions. His wife was able to turn off the ignition, while he applied the emergency brake.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 112010

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph on normal road conditions. There was pressure applied to the accelerator pedal, followed by no power response. Suddenly, there was an aggressive acceleration. The driver was able to slow the vehicle down and pulled over to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was repaired with replacement the gas pedal assembly. The contact had concern of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 79,000. Updated 03/24/10 updated 07/27/10

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #19

Dec 032008

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
I was backing out of a parking place while leaving work and the accelerator stuck on my 2004 Toyota Camry sending me into four parked cars in the parking lot of wellmont regional hospital. Toyota has recalled numerous other year models with similar complaints but has failed to recall the 2004 year model.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #18

Nov 142007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Pulling into a parking slot, I hit the brake but it caught the gas pedal causing the vehicle to accelerate. Only the balcony wall of the parking stopped the car. The accident resulted in the sprain of my neck and a $3000 damage to the vehicle.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 192006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,346 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While leaving from a car wash, the vehicle surged uncontrollably. The contact attempted to apply the brakes and crashed into a fence. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was repaired by a mechanic. The entire passenger side of the vehicle and the front bumper had to be replaced and a wheel alignment was performed. The mechanic replaced a light body size molding. The powertrain, speed, valid VIN, and dealer information were unavailable. The current mileage was 9,980 and failure mileage was 7,346.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #16

Nov 152006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 10 mph in the rain, the accelerator pedal became stuck, raising the vehicle's speed, and causing it to collide with 3 other vehicles. It was towed to a service dealer, who was unable to determine the cause of the problem. Updated 12/28/06.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #15

Aug 212006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,639 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at 25 mph on a city street, the vehicle suddenly lurched forward without warning. The contact engaged the emergency brake and placed the vehicle in park which stopped the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who determined the floor mat was pressed against the accelerator pedal. Additionally, the vehicle was inspected by an independent repair shop that was unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. Updated 10/6/2006 - when applying the brakes to make a left turn, the car lurched forward and started accelerating. The vehicle continued to accelerate up to 50 mph. When applying the brake pedal nothing happened. When putting the car in park nothing happened. When applying the emergency brake the car started to slow down. The vehicle continued accelerating on it's own for another five hundred feet. The tow truck operator arrived and check the floor mats, noting there was nothing wrong with the floor mat's positioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the floor mat became stuck under the accelerator. The dealer trimmed the carpet. Updated 10/26/11

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #14

Jul 022006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
: the contact stated that the vehicle's accelerator pedal stuck at 30 mph while backing up into a parking space at a service station. The contact applied the brakes, but the acceleration continued. The contact stomped on the brakes, and accidently slipped off the brakes onto the accelerator before impact. The vehicle's rear end slammed into a building and the driver was injured. There was over $6000 damage to the vehicle.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 062005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,775 miles
Consumer owns 2004 Toyota Camry with V6 engine. Consumer was pulling into a parking spot when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and shot through the parking spot, striking a metal post, and damaging the passenger's front of vehicle, the bumper, front fender, and both passenger doors. When the vehicle accelerated consumer felt that accelerator pedal left the bottom of foot and continued to the floorboard with no assistance. This happened on August 6, 2005 at about 7:30 pm in louisville, at town fair center on hurstbourn lane. Consumer went to dealer, and dealer refused to look at vehicle, they said that they were not familiar with any problem like this, and told consumer that the floor mat stuck to the pedal, causing the acceleration. There was no police report. Manufacturer was contacted and said they opened a case and dealer was suppose to contact consumer in about 3 days.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #12

May 082005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
5/8/05 10:15 am at a stoplight vehicle was stopped. Then the car accelerated on its own and hit car in front. Car veered to left. Key had to be removed in order to stop the car. All brakes failed. Regularly serviced and records available. No previous problems with vehicle ever.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #11

Mar 212005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,463 miles
When attempting to leave parking space my 2004 camery V6 with brake depressed car car accelerated with very high RPM. Could not stop the car hitting a GMC truck. When car could not move the truck it stopped.drove home with no problem. Called dealer they stated if the car was not having the problem now they couldn't fix it. After driving it my husband had the same problem, we took it to the dealer and didn't want the car back until the problem was corrected. Dealer could not duplicate problem. Returned car after stating they would start file.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Consumer complained about an acceleration problem. While driving at approximately 35 mph driver would step on the accelerator and the vehicle would began to hesitate. Then, the speed would continue to decrease even when the accelerator pedal was pushed down to the floor. This happened without warning. Owner contacted the manufacturer and the dealer. The dealer has had the vehicle for a month. However, they were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #9

Aug 092004

Camry 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,134 miles
While backing out of a parking space accelerator stuck, causing consumer's vehicle to strike another vehicle. The manufacturer found no defects.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 292004


  • 1,000 miles
Vehicle lurched forward and crashed into two parked vehicles before stopping when brakes were depressed, and upon pulling into a parking lot. This was the second time this failure occurred. However, the first time the vehicle stopped without hitting anything.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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