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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6 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.

2006 Toyota Camry brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 152005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. He purchased a new car and in the first two months the brakes failed twice. The dealer stated that there was nothing that they could do at the time because the vehicle needed to go through arbitration. A representative stated that the brake failure was due to the design. The first representative stated that if the brakes and the gas pedal are depressed at the same time, the brakes will fail. He has purchased a new vehicle of the same year, make, and the model, and the brake failure is identical. When the brakes failed the engine idled to 3000+. the representative also advised him to turn the engine off and that should fix the issue. The failure mileage was 6 and the current mileage was 8200. The engine size and full address of the dealer were unknown. The consumer stated after 4 attempts to correct the problem but to no avail. The consumer stated he just wants other consumers to be aware of the defects with this specific vehicle. The consumer provided repair invoices. The consumer was told if the brake pedal and accelerator pedal were applied at hte same time, then the brakes would fail. The consumer stated it was a design flaw. Updated 08/07/07

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

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