Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2005 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2005 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 Toyota 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 2005 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:
33,633 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.

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 112008

Camry 6-cyl

  • 73,569 miles


Toyota Camry 2005 V-6. as accelerated vehicle to merge on highway, the vehicle took off and I was unable to stop or control any steering. I was in the lt. Lane with a diesel truck next to me. I needed to merge soon so looked down to cupholder, grabbed my slurpee while accelerating, the car hit the rt. Lane pads and would not slow down, I steered to the right to avoid hitting the truck, the car was out of control I screamed "oh my god, what's happening" hit the cement highway divider at which time I lost consciousness. The care went into oncoming traffic and flew off the South bound freeway, stopping in a ditch. I was wedged between the drivers seat and door, unable to move. I was now a trauma patient, severing my spleen, fracturing 4 ribs, internal bleeding and a surgical patient for removal of my spleen, transfusions and a tube sucking my internal bleed through a pump which delivered my blood back into my veins. Hospitalization for 7 days, unable to eat, ice chips only for 6 days. 30+ staples up my stomach and a new digestive process forever. I knew the car sped up when I accelerated to merge and as I tried to stop the car by pushing on the brakes, it would not slow down and immediately seemed to go off the road in the lt lane fishtailing while I braked. Fortunately I did lose consciousness and did not hit another vehicle during the accident. I have never had an accident before this and have driven for approx. 32 years when this happened. I know the car would not stop which I told the chp and my insurance investigator who sent forensics to the auto yard. We thought maybe the new tires were at fault but with Toyota recent transparency, it becomes obvious they knew of this issue but failed to put out a recall for acceleration problems recently but more importantly knowing of an issue and it's potential to lead to death for some of its customers but lacked the safety conscious to recall their accelerators and braking systems.

- Westwood, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 182006


  • 5,331 miles
>re: Toyota Camry issues August 2005 I purchased a 2005 Toyota Camry from beaverton Toyota with odometer reading of 9 miles. I drove workdays appx 24 mi roundtrip. March 20, 2006 (5300 mileage) I complained to Toyota dealership of a raw gas smell that was in my garage (with gas furnace present) and so strong when driving, I almost passed out at the wheel. I drove with windows down. I initially thought I was inhaling exhaust fumes from commuter traffic. I also complained at that time that my accelerator "lurched" from a stop. Diagnosis & repair: Dealership could not verify my "lurch" but noticed a "slight hesitation caused by the fly by wire throttle. This is normal. No tsb's." as for the raw gas odor. There was fluid dripping behind the rt front wheel with the texture of "oil" but fuel dripping from behind the fr tire, which was "cured" by putting in a new injector. August 24, 2006 (7000 mileage) I complained that vehicle was "leaking oil" and again smelling of raw gas. Diagnosis & repair: Dealership "verified rr strut is leaking, through the seal, replaced rr strut." Note: Both times I was instructed not to drive my car into their service area, but to leave my car outside. Although the gas fume issue was resolved it has always jerked or lurched from a dead stop. I have just adapted my driving to accommodate this. In light of the current Toyota recall and situation (my 05 Camry is not on the list of recalls to my knowledge.) I am passing along this information to see if my situation was unusual, or if there are additional problems with Toyota Camry and as far back as 2005-06?

- King City, OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 152007


  • 22,000 miles
While my 2005 Toyota Camry was in drive, with my foot on the brake, sitting still, waiting for my wife to get in the car, the car revved to max rpms with no change of my foot position. My foot pressing firmly on the brake was not enough to keep the car from accelerating forward. I pumped the brake once at this point and the brake pedal went all the way to the stop. I then jammed the vehicle in park, just before collision. The gas pedal did not move during this incident. I reported it to Toyota and was told that they were sorry that my floor mat had caused a problem"?" re: Incident: 090929-000573.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

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