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:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,773 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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Jan 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Seatbelt light came on indicating that the seat belts and airbags will not work if there is a crash. There has been no crash or incident up to this point. Is there a recall for this type of emergency?

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #17

Oct 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. I have had many instances (more than 50% of the time when I drive the car) that the seat belt twists and gets stuck in the guide. It is not easy to un-twist it and I have to drive it with the belt loose. It takes some time to get it straightened out in the guide and get it to retract. This is obviously an unsafe condition and I feel there should be a recall.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 102012


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front passenger side seat belt failed to retract. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and repaired. The contact mentioned that after it was repaired, the failure occurred on numerous occasions; however; the failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. The current mileage was 55,000.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #15

May 142012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 112,361 miles


The driver's seat belt stopped retracting and does not have the "G" force necessary to protect from hitting the steering wheel in case of an accident. I had the belt untangled while receiving maintenance at the dealership in June, but in 2 days the belt twisted up again and still does not retract. I tried to discuss the situation with the dealership, and they told me I would have to pay about $350 to get the unit replaced. Since this defect affects my safety and carries a high potential for a fatality (not to mention driving illegally with a loose belt), I feel Toyota should recall this incident and replace defective seat belts at no charge. I have seen several websites with similar complaints at,, and car There's a 10 year rust-thru warranty on the body, why shouldn't there be a similar warranty that affects our very safety" does it take a fatality to get any recourse" your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 132011


  • miles
On numerous occasions since purchasing the vehicle the seat belt assemblies do not retract correctly/at all nor does it provide tension for safe operation of the vehicle while the driver/passenger are buckled in. As manufacturers are required to ensure the proper operation of safety equipment within the vehicles produced operate correctly from the factory, it would only seem logical that there would be a period that warranty of such safety equipment would be required. There is a requirement for rust thru warranty on the body for 10-years, why is there not a similar requirement to keep us safe and find recourse to correct deficiencies that I am reporting. Why does it require a death or several to force national highway safety into action"?"

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

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problem #13

Nov 272011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 77,640 miles
Front passenger side seat belt will not retract rendering it totally useless. If the federal government/states mandate seat belts then it should mandate that dealerships replace defective seat belts. It amazes me that the government has not forced the car companies to issue a recall for this serious problem.

- Topsham, ME, USA

problem #12

Oct 272011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


The driver's side seatbealt does not function, restrain, or retract!! the seatbelt has been a constant defect. It has never retracted properly in the door. Most of if ends up shut in the door because it hangs out so far! now it is a huge problem because it is stuck halfway out and does not reach the fastener. It will not budge. Consequently, I have had to drive to work without a seatbelt. It is useless. I do not feel safe letting anyone else drive it. I was told by Toyota corporation that I will be charged $97 just for a dealer to look at it ("diagnose it") and then up to $200-300 to repair it. The two people I spoke with from the Toyota corporation tried to wash their hands of the issue by saying, "it is the dealerships' responsibility. We can not do anything about it. We are just the name. " however, after much research, I discovered that this is a highly prolific problem with the 2005 Camry by the number of complaints online and through car safety forums (and on this site). Does someone have to be killed or injured before Toyota corporation acknowledges it is their responsibility and it is a defect- and that it should be recalled?

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #11

Jan 082011

Camry 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
We have a 2005 Toyota Camry. We purchased it this year. We have had several instances that when the driver exits the car and the seat belt starts to retract it twists and get stuck in the guide. My wife is unable to get it untwisted and has to drive it with the belt loose and useless. When she gets home I have to use some sort of tool to get it straightened out in the guide and get it to retract. This is obviously and unsafe condition and I feel a cause for a recall as I have read on line of several people having the same problem. I have been driving for many year in many models with out experiencing this problem. I has to be a design flaw. Other wise it's a nice car. I hope you are able to take action on this safety issue. Thanks.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #10

Oct 012007


  • 50,000 miles
2005 Toyota Camry - seat belt retractors. At about 50,000 miles, the front passenger side seat belt on my Camry would occasionally partially fold over at the retractor guide on the door post. At 75,000 miles, this now happens about 1/3 TO1/2 of the time and I am starting to have the same problem with the belt on the passenger side. The belt is very difficult to straighten because the gap is too narrow to use a wooden tool and a metal tool such as a screwdriver would cut the belt. I have recently found that I can lower the movable attachment point to the lowest level, fully extend and hold the belt and then move the attachment point to its highest level. So far, this has generally removed the fold. Obviously, this is very inconvenient for me and is very difficult for my wife who has arthritis. I have looked on line ( and see that this is a common safety problem with the Camry. Several web sites are now selling after market new and used replacement belts with instructions for installation. I am concerned that these belts would not function to automatically tighten in an collusion. According to on line reports, dealer replacement of the belts is quite expensive.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 192010


  • miles
Problem with 2005 Toyota Camry passenger seat belt. The passenger seat belt gets "stuck" when trying to lock belt into latch. This results in the belt either not properly retracting or not able to extend. This happens in about 1 out of every 4 uses.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #8

Feb 182010


  • 61,184 miles


Seat belts double up and jam in retraction guides when retrieving and can not be unjammed without some sort of tool. Complaint of problem to Toyota dealer where vehicle was purchased and was told I would have to pay for new seatbelts. This is an obvious design defect. I have asked to meet with factory rep.-I have heard nothing and am having to drive the vehicle with the defective seat belts each day. Can you help me?

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #7

Sep 032006


  • 12,000 miles
On Sunday September 3, 2006 I pulled into a parking space at kroger grocery store after church to shop about 10:30 or 11:00 am. As I pulled into the space to park my 2005 Toyota Camry, it did a sudden acceleration, jump the curb and crashed into the grocery store wall. The store wall was not damaged but my Camry had about $4000 worth damage. When I told Toyota what had happen I was told to contact Toyota regional office. I contacted them and they told me that someone would be out to investigate my claim. They kept my vehicle for over three weeks, then they started on the body repair. Toyota claimed they could not substantiate my claim of sudden acceleration, but I know they repaired my vehicle internally as well as the body work because when I picked my car up from joseph Toyota dealership the car acceleration pedal felt so different. It felt real stiff and hard to mash. The brakes were check and fixed, because during the sudden acceleration they fail to stop the car. As I press them the seat belt choked an strap me so tight that I had a large welt across my chest. Toyota knew they had a problem with sudden acceleration at least since I reported it in 2006. They lied and made my insurance company pay all of that money, I had to struggle to come up with all of my deductible, pay for 4 weeks of car rental of about $45 a day while Toyota regional office drug their feet about investigating my car. I was scare, sore and frustrated about how this whole thing was handle, but now I feel vindicated. Had Toyota regional office told the truth about the problem with my Camry and did the recall in 2006 when I reported this, they could have save a lot injuries and lives. I knew I couldn't go up against this big corporation by my self and I'm sorry people have loss their lives got injured, but glad it came out to the consumers. I feel Toyota also changed my accelerator pedal in 2006, or put that little steel chip in back of the pedal, the new 2010 fix. My car has loss value.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Feb 172010


  • 44,424 miles
The seatbelt on the driver's side of my 2005 Toyota becomes tangled inside the mechanism that serves as its housing, such that it cannot be retracted and would not retract if there were a sudden impact. I have to take it to the dealership or a mechanic to have the housing taken apart so that it can be untwisted. This has happened 5 times, twice this week. The car has 44,200 miles.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #5

Jan 312010


  • 30,000 miles
1 the safety belt fails to recoil back after use, so when the wife gets into the car the belt is not usable for her or myself for another trip. 2 the failure occurs at least 10X a month. The consequences would be a faulty seat belt that wouldn't secure the user in case of an accident. 3 we always took the car to the dealership and they took it apart and recoiled the seat belt. However in a couple of days its broken again. One of the technicians at the dealership said this is a common problem. Every time we took it in for repair we were never given a repair ticket. We were never charged for the repairs. However the last time we were told it would cost us $365 for a new one. Because this is a continuing problem we feel this should be covered by Toyota.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 242009


  • 65,000 miles
Driver's seat belt defective. When hooked up, there is no apparent "G" force stop when you jerk on the belt (I.e., simulate an emergency stop). Belt just gives way with no "G grab" at all. Should you pull the seat belt out too far, it stays out, will not retract, and thereby becoming totally useless, and unsafe as well as making it illegal to drive (with no functioning seat belt for the driver). Toyota dealer (repair) service department claims it is driver's fault for "twisting the safety belt as it retracts." Wrong! when safety belt is fully extended, and can not be pulled out any further, there is a visible "twist" in webbed belt as it feeds out of the unit that retracts the belt. It appear that the first 10 to 15 inches of the seat belt will come out and retract back in with no problem. It is when the belt is pulled out just a little more than 15 inches (say, for a large person getting into the driver's seat) is when it jams up. Very dangerous, as it make the driver's seat belt practically unusable. So far, to the extent that it has to be take back to the dealer, this happened twice.

- El Cerrito, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092009


  • 22,345 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. During a rear end crash, the seat belt in the contact's vehicle failed. As a result, the consumer's wife struck the steering wheel and suffered head and chest injuries. The contact stated that the seat belt failed to work properly. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 22,345. Updated 03/17/09. Updated 03/17/09.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202007


  • 60,000 miles
I bought a certified 2005 Toyota Camry xle from autowest Honda, roseville. I was told that the car had no accidents and the car is clean per the carfax. I have had the front passenger seat belt replaced and now the driver front seat belt is going out. I received a post card for a free appraisal at 60,000 miles and I took my car into the Toyota dealership and they told me the car has been in an accident prior to me purchasing the vehicle. The front end frame is bent and parts have been replaced and the car is maybe worth $8,000 and the car should of been sold as salvage and not certified car. The front bumper is coming off and also the paint chipped off on the side of the accident. The paint is different in the front from the hood. I do not know the date of the incident date, as for it happened prior to me purchasing the car.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 242008


  • 85,000 miles
We owned a 2005 Toyota Camry. My husband was the driver and was involved in a serious accident when he was cut off while entering a state highway in baltimore, Maryland. My 5 year old son was in the back seat behind the passenger seat in a booster seat with his seat belt on. During the impact, my son was unrestrained due to a failure of the seat belt. The seat belt never caught in the retracting mechanism allowing my son to be thrown forward into the passenger seat. My son had a massive head trauma and was air-lifted to johns hopkins. He was released the next morning with a serious concussion. The other passengers had very minor injuries.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

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