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:
56 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
34 / 2
Average Mileage:
32,969 miles

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #92

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 #91

Oct 112015


  • 200,000 miles
On several occasions while driving my car has accelerated and I thought my transmission was going bad until on 2 occasions the car surged forward when my foot was on the brake. This has also been reported to Toyota. The second surge caused an accident.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #90

Oct 112015


  • 252,000 miles
I had my foot on brake and was putting into reverse to back into a parking space when suddenly it lurched forward and hit an escalade that was parked about one foot in front of me. It totaled my car and her car. It was so sudden I don't know if it went into reverse or not. I believe the only thing that stopped me was the impact with SUV. This was reported to Toyota, I am waiting for an inspection of vechicle.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #89

Oct 232015


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that upon depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle accelerated excessively. As a result, the contact depressed the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle and turned it off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000. The VIN was not available.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #88

Jun 192013


  • 81,103 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. While driving between 20 and 40 mph, the vehicle hesitated, jerked, and surged forward when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. Manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,103.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #87

Apr 042015


  • 112,000 miles
I bought the car on 2012 and it works nice until one day I start it and when I tried to accelerate it simply don't do anything, it remains at idle RPM. The car start to accelerate with the gas pedal nearly on the floor, the problem was that the vehicle accelerate too slow and at an instant it did it too fast (full throttle).

- Garrochales, PR, USA

problem #86

Mar 282013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


First incident occurred while sitting at a red light. The light turned green, I went to accelerate and pedal was stuck, I attempted to press it again and my car just shot forward very rapidly. Thankfully no one was in front of me. This has occurred several times over the years. Other times, I will be at a constant speed on the interstate and car will begin to accelerate very quickly then fall back down. It has done this while cruise control is on and while my foot is on the pedal. I tried braking, the breaks began to slow me down but the rpms still rose rapidly then fell back to normal several times in a row. It seems several people with my same year model and make have the same issue.

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #85

Dec 072014


  • 82,505 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,505. The VIN was unavailable.

- Abbeville, SC, USA

problem #84

Nov 112014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Vehicle referenced left target, stoughton, MA, parking lot at 12:10pm-11-11-14 (with 7yr old grandson car seated behind driver & driver was in seatbelt). When existing lot, another car backed out of parking space and hit rt, back end of ref car. Driver of ref vehicle looked behind at vehicle that struck her and, as she turned forward & barely stepped on gas to move away from vehicle that hit her, there was a loud clicking noise, tires started spinning and car took off accelerating w/O control of brakes, shift or steering. Ref vehicle hit curb, accelerated up hill from parking lot and went airborne, crashed down into guardrail at approx 45-50mph and airbags did not deploy. Driver is sure ref vehicle would have continued traveling forward if not for guardrail! driver of vehicle (and grandson) were taken in ambulance to hospital and in triage all day. Driver suffered head and eye injuries and hematomas from neck down. Grandson reported slight back pain and was released. Thankfully, neither of ref vehicle's occupants were maimed or died. After much research, found there are 2006 Toyota Camry with etc issues. Again, no control of any aspect of car - could not put in neutral, gear shift just "floated" over all gears when trying to use! would like for NHTSA to inspect gas pedal for "whiskers" or other problems that led to this. As driver of this vehicle, I can honestly state that I have a great driving record and I am not prone to "driver error" putting foot on gas pedal instead of brake (and accelerating to that distance) and there was no carpet for pedal to stick under. Checked Toyota dealership where my mom purchased this car (she passed prior to this).they informed me that there were no recalls for this VIN#. makes me wonder about airbag deployment as well. None of this should have happened! any feedback from you would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #83

Sep 132014


  • miles
I do not know the exact details of the entire accident, as we did not yet meet the new family, but it took the life of my grandchild. She was not driving her boyfriend was. It was his mothers vehicle and it happened in another state. Las vegas, Nevada. The cause listed in the accident report was a fault of the vehicle. He was following his sisters vehicle, as they just arrived in vegas and was visiting his family. The car accelerated unexpectedly and hit his sisters car then flew into a wall. His mother was killed and my granddaughter instantly. I would like to see a change in the way these recalls are dealt with. I'm just going through any venue I can to get it done. These cars should be flagged "do not register" by department of motor vehicles until the parts are repaired. If I don't smog a vehicle I cannot drive it. Make it that way for all recalled vehicles. Work with the car companies to get this done before more children, families die. Please.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #82

Jul 242014


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle independently accelerated. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Gill, MA, USA

problem #81

Aug 302009

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle sudden acceleration. The consumer stated on two separate occasions, he experienced sudden acceleration. The first time the accident happened, he was pulling into a parking space, and all of a sudden the vehicle accelerated, went over a curb and impacted the side of a building. He immediately shut the engine off, using the key. The air bad did not deploy. The second incident happened on June 30, 2014. He was pulling into a parking space, when the vehicle accelerated out of control, it went over a curb and into a fence. He immediately turned the key to the off position and the vehicle stopped. The air bad did not deploy in the second accident. The consumer sold the vehicle on August 27, 2014.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #80

Apr 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
When the vehicle was started and placed in reverse the engine accelerated. Not being sure what was going on with the car, I kept substantial pressure on the brake and put transmission into neutral. When I did the engine speed proceeded to run away. I quickly just turned the ignition off. I placed the transmission into park, and restarted the engine, and it ran normally thereafter. There have been numerous times in the past year when the engine surged momentarily when the brake was applied, but it was momentary, and not thought significant. These events occurred when slowing to a stop or parking. This most recent and significant event occurred after a short trip, approx. 10 miles. The car had been parked for about 30 minutes. Weather was clear and temperature in the 70's. it is a 4 cylinder Camry, 2006 with about 155K miles. The car has not had any modifications or major repairs.

- Greenbrier, AR, USA

problem #79

Jun 242013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The vehicle accelerated on its own without any additional pressure to the gas pedal. This has occurred two additional times since the initial occurrence. It is not under recall at this time, per Toyota.

- Suwanee , GA, USA

problem #78

Dec 152013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential driveway, the vehicle uncontrollably accelerated and crashed into a wall, two fences, and a tree. The vehicle was destroyed. The driver and a passenger sustained chest and arm injuries. The vehicle was towed from the scene and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate mileage was 40,000.

- Los Angelos, CA, USA

problem #77

Dec 152013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that after starting the engine and shifting into drive, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The driver was unable to react in enough time to control the vehicle and crashed against two fences and a tree. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The driver and passenger sustained injuries. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was only able to determine that the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #76

Apr 092013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 66,577 miles
In an attempt to park the car in a parking lot, the care accelerated unintentionally and jumped on to the curb and crashed into a trunk a tree. The car was totaled. Driver lightly injured.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #75

May 182013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact crashed into a brick wall and sustained minor neck injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Downy, CA, USA

problem #74

Feb 092013

Camry 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Pulling into parking spot in parking lot. Vehicle accelerated and jumped over cement breaker.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #73

Dec 072012


  • 117,794 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a two-minute delay while attempting to accelerate from a stop. There was no warning prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed. The contact was advised that the throttle body assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, he noticed fluid leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they advised him that the boot was leaking and the rack and pinion assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the rack and pinion assembly. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 117,794. The current mileage was approximately 119,276.

- Alberquque, NM, USA

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