Notes: How can we give the 2006 Camry our "Seal of Awesome" when the NHTSA data shows engine problems in the triple digits & multiple deaths/injuries/crashes etc?

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2006 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.

In other words, it's our opinion that the 2 deaths & other injuries/fires/crashes reported to the NHTSA are significant, but (unfortunately) not out of the ordinary for any vehicle, once you factor in the effects of the extended national media coverage of Camry unintended acceleration issues. 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 2006 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
79,832 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Toyota should fix this at no cost (5 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. replace speaker covers (1 reports)
2006 Toyota Camry accessories - interior problems

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 152012

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Having been an owner of two Toyota Camry's and a Sienna Van I have been a loyal customer due to their high quality & durability.. . Now I experienced very low quality parts were used by Toyota and they get damaged very easily.

I noticed that rear speaker covers are falling apart in the speaker one after another. I did not expect these low quality covers when I buy cars from Toyota Brand.

Toyota should acknowledge this problem, issue a service bulletin, and repair this free of charge.

- , Chatham, NJ, US

problem #8

Mar 012014

Camry LE 2.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Front and rear speaker grill is made of low quality plastic. They breaks it to pieces and falls on speaker.

- , Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 012014

Camry LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

I'm not sure when this happened exactly, but I noticed cracks in the right rear speaker in early February. I touched it, out of curiosity, and the speaker cover just disintegrated. Now I have a gaping hole in that speaker cover and it looks bad. Toyota obviously chose the cheap route when it came to the speakers, and they should be the ones to repair them. I plan to resell it this year, but would need to have this replaced first - and I don't feel that I should have to pay for that.

- , Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 082011

Camry LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I own a 2006 toyota camry. Last year I notice the speakers sounded horrible. When I went to check them I noticed the speaker covers in the rear window were crumbling and falling onto the tops of the speakers. After I researched this issue I found several people who owned camrys with the same issue. Toyota's resolution is to replace the entire but I will have to pay out of pocket. These are cheap speaker covers and the inside is made of cardboard. With the many complaints I have found to be reported on the internet toyota need to fix the people speakers since we are having the same problem they should recall the cars. Never in any of there manuals does it say chances of speakers deteriorating and how to protect your speaker from this happening. I brought my car brand new and this should be fixed for free

- , Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #5

Jul 012008

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

have had 4 toyotas through the years. many of the parts on this 2006 are plain cheap. This time it's the speaker covers that deteriorate in the sun. Will be my last toyota

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 172010

Camry LE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

this a big FU you can't play rear speaker without rattling the sound....i took the car to the dealer they recommend to replace the whole rear speaker which cost a few hundreds....this a big BS....i'm really upset....

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 102010

Camry 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I would just like to say for anyone who has a 2006 camry and the speaker covers have dry rotted you need to report it, don't pay to have thisproblem fixed as toyota has chosen to use a cheap product in a expensive car just to sell it, looking good but falling apart, if enough people would make a complaint against toyota we can get this fix at no cost or out of pocket to us.

Toyota used to be a good product but now they have fallen short of there reputation, make the complaint and do it today so we can get a recall on this to get it fixed and they paid for it.

- , Greenville, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 162010

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

I am very upset about this. Toyota has a reputed name for quality maintenance of the cars they make. I am really surprised and upset to these speaker covers cracked and became so brittle. I never saw any plastic composite material becoming brittle like this. My car will be always in a covered parking except in work place and the temperatures in MO state are less (Max100 deg F) compared to Arizona etc.. Many car caompanys will do their high tem[erature tests in AZ state. How Toyota missed out these tests and didn't take care of this. I am not sure how this material passed the quality tests like high and low temperature tests when the material is received from thier suppliers. I went to the dealer for the solution and the labor cost told by them is 10 times the part cost. Still I didn't fixed this.

I am very upset with the quality of material Toyota used for the enteriors. Also I noticed my CD player unit color is fading to white. I am very upset this and request Toyota to recall & replace all these problem parts of their Toyota cars without any material and labor costs .

- , Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 012010

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,486 miles

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rear speaker cover/grill rapidly deteriorates under uv light

Having been an owner of three Toyota Camry's (1990, 1999, & 2006) I have been a loyal customer due to their high quality & durability... but after three years my 2006 Camry's speaker covers have disintegrated. A co-worker of mine also owns a 2006 Camry and his (too) have disintegrated. Checking the web, I've found dozens of sites that report this problem -- one in particular shows the exact picture of what it looks like.

This site reports that thousands of other Camry's of this model design have the same problem, sometime after three years of ownership (past the comprehensive warrenty period). While it may seem that a fix (replacing these plastic covers) would be simple and cheap, most websites report that the rear seats and shelf panel must be removed and to do this would involve several hours of service time -- an expensive bill costing hundreds of dollars. I live in South Florida and I still own my 1999 Carmy and NO plastic parts have ever even cracked. Toyota's website doesn't mention this (disintegrating speaker covers) as an issue and most websites have reported that owners have had little success with either Toyota or their dealerships fixing this problem free of charge.

Again, especially in light of recent quality issues AND Toyota's new ad campaign touting their re-commitment to quality, Toyota should acknowledge this problem, issue a service bulletin, and repair this free of charge. I intend to bring this issue up with Toyota's Customer Assistance Center 800-331-4331 and my local dealership but if I do not get satisfaction from them, I will:

1) File a compaint with the my State Attorney General's Office/Consumer Protection division. 2) Notify JD Powers and Consumer Reports. 3) Contact the following newspapers: Miami Herald/Action Line and Sun-Sentinal. 4) Contact my local TV stations consumer complaint departments.

Again, in light of Toyota's recent quality problems and their new ads stating their renewed commitment to quality, something like (this) would easily be of interest to the media as it should be to Toyota!

Signed a long-time, repeat Toyota Customer but (now) very much considering NOT buying another Toyota in the future! Peter of Fort Lauderdale, FL

- , Oakland Park, FL, USA

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