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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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

problem #2

Aug 172005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The gas pedal and the brake pedal are too close together. This has caused the consumer at least four accidents. Because when the consumer goes to press on the brake T will accidentally hit the gas pedal. The consumer was so surprised every time this occurred that she was unable to stop the vehicle until she hit something. Three times this occurred. The consumer was trying to stop it while between other vehicles. The consumer was taken to the hospital in May 2005. She obtained injuries because of this accident. A police reports were taken. On 8-17-05 the consumer hit a light pole. Previously, the consumer had contacted the manufacturer, and received no assistance from them. Also, the consumer also stated that there was not enough leg room in the driver side.

- Mayfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

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

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