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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,311 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.

2004 Toyota Camry steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,672 miles


Car started pulling to the right when travelling 65-70 mph, leading to hitting a bridge wall and going down hill after that.suspension and steering heavily damaged, also damage to the body of car. I have been driving for more than 4 years now and this is the first time that I saw a car behave so strangely. Since Toyota Camry has so many complaints from consumers saying that the car pulls to the left, I am thinking if the car was tampered with before sale, causing it to pull to the right instead of left to keep the complaints at bay.. also while driving for the 4 months that I had the car I noticed that the steering would turn to the right when ever I braked(I should have reported this at that very moment) unfortunate that I am doing this after been an horrible accident.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,950 miles
While driving brakes and/or steering was over riding his judgment. Vehicle started the pull to the right consumer had a hard time trying to keep the vehicle in line.....while driving on dry flat road about 70 mph vehicle began to pull to the right. Consumer tried to correct back straight but steering did not respond. Turned harder and to leftand car started lef toff the road. Tried to correct back right lightly and steering did not respond. Turne dharder right and car went hard right almost off the road. Consume rhit the brakes to keep from leaving the road. Also, vehicle has bad vibration a thighway speeds from tires.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

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