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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
27 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
32 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,936 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

May 262012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 121,457 miles


I was traveling approximately 65mph behind another vehicle. A bed flew out of a trailer in front of the vehicle I was behind, causing the driver to slam on the brakes; I also slammed on the brakes, but was not able to avoid a collision. The car in front of me also had a bike rack attached to the bumper, I hit the car with no time to fully stop. My car was completely; and the air bags did not deploy. Myself, along with three passengers in my car suffered minor to moderate injuries.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 202012


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while turning left at 2 mph, another vehicle crashed into the contact's driver's side. The side curtain air bags on the driver's side did not deploy. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent body shop where the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 114,000.

- Henryetta, NY, USA

problem #18

Mar 182012

Camry 6-cyl

  • 18,450 miles
I was entering my parking spot. I was coming to a halt when suddenly the vehicle bolted forward at full acceleration, jumped the curb, sped across the grass, and crashed into a tree. The airbags did not deploy. I sustained neck and rib injuries. Toyota has the vehicle and will shortly send me the results of the edr data analysis.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #17

Nov 212011


  • 121,000 miles


My 2005 Toyota Camry le was traveling at roughly 35 mph when it crashed into the rear end of a Jeep Cherokee. The accident was a head on collision, which totaled the Camry. The airbags for the Camry did not deploy. The entire front end of the Camry, including the bumper was destroyed. Damages extended to the frame and all front end parts. I have pictures of the damage if needed. I spoke with Toyota and filed a complaint, but their response was less than satisfactory. They stated that there was not enough damage to the bumper to cause the airbag to deploy, and told me that there are only specific situations in which the airbags deploy. My position is that this was a direct head on collision that destroyed my 2005 Camry; their was front end frame damage, and every front end part from head light to head light was destroyed in the accident. My daughter was hurt in the accident, and this would not have happened if the air bag had deployed as advertised by Toyota.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #16

Feb 162011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact applied the brakes but the vehicle did not decelerate. The contact was unable to control the vehicle as it accelerated into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the contact was transported to the hospital for treatment of a head injury. The vehicle was destroyed. The dealer and the manufacturer was both notified but no assistance was offered to the contact. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

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problem #15

Sep 092010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 68,571 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving 65 mph, a large vehicle suddenly swerved into the contacts lane. The vehicle suddenly stop abruptly due to traffic, but by the time the contact attempted to brake, it was too late and she struck the vehicle in front of her. Although, she was wearing her seat belt, her head struck the steering wheel and the air bag did not deploy. A police report was filed. The driver suffered injuries to the chest, ribs and right foot. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 68,571. Updated 01/26/11 updated 03/23/11

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 032010


  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving at 55 mph, the contact crashed into another vehicle head on. The contact suffered a broken collar bone and a sprained neck and back. The passenger suffered two broken ribs and a broken collar bone. The air bags did not deploy. The manufacturer advised that the air bags did not always deploy when there was a crash. They stated that the air bags sensors would only detect a crash if the vehicle was struck at a certain angle. The contact believed the air bags to be defective and stated they he and his passenger could have been killed. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #13

Jul 062010


  • 29,000 miles
While traveling to atlantic city on 7/6/2010, I began to exit at exit #7 on the garden state pkwy., the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor board, I could not control the auto, my wife and I traveled across a field, went up an embankment across the highway went down the other side and hit a tree at ahigh rate of speed but the air bags did not deploy. Car was a total loss, but we escaped with minor injuries.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 232010


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph her vehicle crashed into a telephone pole. The front passenger side bumper was damaged by the pole. The air bags did not deploy. The contact suffered back and shoulder injuries and was hospitalized for three days. A police report was filed. Toyota was not notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 27,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Downey , CA, USA

problem #11

May 172010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while pulling into a parking space with the brakes applied, the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed into a pole. The air bags did not deploy upon impact and the driver suffered unknown injuries. The police were called and a police report was filed accordingly. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop for insurance purposes. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 30,000.

- Huntington Beach , CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 222008


  • 55,000 miles


The clockspring in the steering column has gone bad causing my driver side airbag to not be operable and my horn not operable, neither is my cruise, but the first two are my main concern.

- Talladega, AL, USA

problem #9

Oct 062009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 70 mph during normal road conditions a vehicle rear ended the contact which pushed the vehicle into a guard rail causing it to roll over several times. The driver and passenger front air bags did not deployed. The contact sustained injuries to the head and the passenger received injuries to the neck. Report number 0912100264 was filed with the manufacturer; however, they stated that they will not investigate why the air bags din¿T deployed. The insurance company confirmed that the vehicle was destroyed. The VIN and the police report information was not available. The current and the failure mileages were 70,000.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 292008


  • 37,800 miles
Direct full frontal impact @ 35-40 mph into Jeep Grand Cherokee turning left in front of me. Air bags failed to deploy - entire front end demolished (car was totaled). 2 injured and still in physical therapy. Advised by police officer that I probably "nose dived during braking and when front of car dipped, impact was above sensors". have heard of many other instances where air bags failed to deploy.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 022008


  • 47,500 miles
While in process of parking 2005 Toyota Camry 6 cylinder in one-level parking space traveling at less than 5 mph, with foot on brake, vehicle suddenly accelerated and went out of control, crashing into pole, injuring driver slightly. Was second such incident about one year apart, with stone wall stopping vehicle during first incident, while ripping off entire front end.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #6

Dec 062006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Slid into SUV in front of me. It did about $4000 worth of damage but none of the air bags deployed.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 172006

Camry 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The car was rear ended and hit on the left side at a high speed. Neither the air bags in the front nor the side curtains were activated. Also the driver's seat was broken. The car was totaled. Updated11/21/06.

- Harwood, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 292006

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry lurched forward on occasions causing damage to the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy during accident. While parking, on two separate occasions, the vehicle lurched forward while the consumer was pulling into a parting space.. each time the consumer S foot was on the brake pedal preparing to stop. During the second occurrence the consumer's husband heard the engine rev from near idle speed to very high RPM's, at or close to the maximum RPM. The vehicle hit a tree.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 092006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was stolen on 8-9-06. While the vehicle was stolen it was involved in a crash. The vehicle hit a heavy metal guard rail at a dead end. The air bags did not deploy. There were injuries sustained. The vehicle was totaled. There was a police report filed.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 272005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to pull in a parking space at 2 mph, the vehicle surged and suddenly accelerated without warning. The brake pedal was depressed at the time of the incident. The vehicle went through an intersection and over a public sidewalk before crashing into a fire hydrant. The contact and passenger were wearing safety restraints. The vehicle impacted the fire hydrant with such force that the fire hydrant was extracted 3 feet above ground. The vehicle was towed to the local dealership were diagnostic testing was performed. The local service dealer could not determine the cause of the accident; however the dealer additional testing will be performed before the vehicle is repaired. The police filed a report at the scene and the contact's insurance company also filed a report. There was additional property damage to the sidewalk, fire hydrant and a children's museum that was flooded by the water from the fire hydrant. Updated 2/27/2006 - the air bags also failed to deploy.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 212005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Consumer states the driver's side air bag light came on. Toyota said that meant the air bag was inactive and fixed it. While the consumer was driving out of a parking lot the light came back on. He took it back, and they replaced the air bag in the steering column but the light came back on.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

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