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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,100 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 electrical problems

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 072017


  • miles


Traveling at highway speeds in damp rainy cool weather, the airbag light came on and it's staying on.

- Floral City, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 292016


  • 3 miles
I was driving on the free way, suddenly many lights came on like ABS, engine check, brake and more. Meanwhile cluster went brighter and gauges went crazy. So I pulled over and got off from free way. Not car went more crazy. Speedometer show zero and brake applies by itself like emergency brake. So I am pregnant and scared. So I left the car B Y the street and went home. It happened just today in the morning. I am living in zip 91367. Please advice and help.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012012


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. When the key was removed from the ignition switch, the engine remained on. The contact stated that the key had to be placed back into the ignition switch and turned to the off position. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact stated that the key was very loose in the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 08/04/16

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #7

Nov 222014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator was illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000. Updated 7/21/15

- Irvine , CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 012010

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
My complaint is about the unsafe power door lock mechanism used on the 2006 Toyota Camry xle (and countless other vehicles they produce) I am now on my fifth failure. Every single power door lock failed and now it's starting all over again! this is a major safety hazard! if you get into a bad wreck and the power doors fail to open it could be a matter of life and death. Every second counts! I'll be glad to give you access to the car and provide any further info you need.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 062012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Drivers window switch burnt out causing window motor to fail. Toyota is recalling 7.5 million cars for this, but says that mine is not one of them.

- Highland, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 152010


  • 25,000 miles


My car has experienced two electrical problems within the past 2 years. I own a 2006 Toyota Camry. Bought in Sept 2005. Dec 2008 the battery died and my local garage traced it to the alarm- they disconnected the module. Aaa replaced the battery. Nov 15, -2010-, battery died again and the car was towed to my local station. They located another draw on battery but could not repair it and sent it to balise in warwick ri. I had purchased it there.after 2-3 days on their computer, they located it in the instrument cluster in the odometer. The car has no serious recalls on it and I note that though 2005, 2007-2010 have been recalled the 2006 has not. I wish to report this so it is on record in the event there is a recall. The car has 25,000 miles on it and the repair this time will cost about $1100. I have been without a car for 7 days as balise had to order the part last Friday Nov. 19th. It will arrive, hopefully, mon Nov 22nd.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #3

Aug 102006


  • miles
I have a late 2006 Toyota Camry that has standard stereo option with cd and with volume and channel selection on the steering wheel. I have noticed at least two separate incidents the stereo turns on by itself. I typically do not listen to the music and keep the radio off.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 292010


  • miles
2006 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to a vehicle fire the consumer stated prior to the fire, the engine light illuminated. He looked out the window and saw a woman screaming that his vehicle was on fire. He immediately pulled over to the shoulder, jumped out of the vehicle and then it burst into flames. The cause of the fire had not been determined.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #1

Oct 302009


  • 98,000 miles
After starting the car the drivers airbag light stays on. When the car is started again the light may not be on. This went on for 3 days. The Toyota dealership hooked up the car to read any codes that were there. After 3 days at the dealership the field rep states that a new seat and floor wiring has to be purchased. There is a short in the floor wiring. Total will cost $3450. The drivers seat has to be replaced along with the wiring. If not replaced the airbag will not go off.

- Bolivar, TN, USA

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