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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,344 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.

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 082013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 89,065 miles


Driving home from work I hit a large deer, approximately 200 pounds, at 45 mph, direct front end contact, causing damage to the whole front hood, grille, both front fenders, radiator, headlights, air conditioning system. Air bags did not deploy, no injury to me. Received my car from the body shop October 25th and everything looked great. After driving approximately 800 miles noticed a little body misalignment and on the 18th of October I drove to the body shop to have them look at the alignment problem and check the air bag warning light. They are working on the body issue, which I could care less about, however, after doing a scan of the car systems, with the hand held scanner, the air bag warning is not a sensor issue due to the collision with the deer, but it is in the passenger seat sensor/wiring which should be a Toyota issue. I have researched this and there are several complaints online, but I have not seen a re-call from Toyota, the fix for this situation is to replace the passenger seat at a cost of about $3400. My biggest concern is why did the air bags not deploy and now is the total air bag system not functioning?

- Bloomingdale, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 102010


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when driving 45 mph and above or when attempting a turn, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormally loud noise. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they advised her to replace the steering knuckle and wheel. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. In addition, she noticed that the headlight cover appeared to be extremely foggy. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they advised her that they would have to clean the headlight cover with a special chemical. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 63,000.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 262009


  • miles
Brake lamp failures for 2002-2006 Toyota Camry. Since 2002, I've seen hundreds of these models with burned out brake lights. Just today on my way to work, I spotted three. One only had it's third brake light working and it was very dangerous when coming to a stop! Toyota needs to address this widespread problem. These newer vehicles should not be burning though lights at this level. This is a serious hazard to public safety.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 142008


  • miles


My mother has a 2006 Toyota Camry. At night, I noticed her driving without her headlights on. I stopped her, and we got her headlights on. Later, I was driving her Camry at night, and I noticed the instrument lights were on, but the headlights were off. The only setting to get the headlights on turned off the instruments lights. This is a dangerous situation. I went to the huntsville Toyota dealership. A mechanic jiggled the switch, and everything went back to normal. It is obvious the Toyota mechanics know about this problem and know how to fix it. Now, I have to worry everytime I or my mom drive the Camry that we don't jiggle the switch to cause the above problem. It is a major inconvenience and a safety hazard because one day we may forget and accidentally jiggle the switch and drive at night with the instruments light on and the headlights off. The headlight switch must be recalled!!!!

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #2

Aug 162007

(reported on)


  • miles
Massive pile up on the freeway in fog at night customer states that the fog lights are to small and he can't see good*

- Toledo, OH, USA

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problem #1

May 152006


  • miles
The 2006 Toyota Camry uses the high beam headlamps for daytime running lights. The configuration of the lamp assembly places the turn signals immediately inboard of the drls. According to FMVSS 108, S 5.5.11(a).4: "if not optically combined with a turn signal lamp, is located so that the distance from its lighted edge to the optical center of the nearest turn signal lamp is not less than 100 mm" the drl implementation on the 2006 Camry appears to be in violation of this standard. A qualitative observation of the Camry at an intersection shows that the turn signal is significantly masked by the adjacent high beam drls. NHTSA issued a recall for a similar problem with the Toyota Celica a few years ago: NHTSA campaign id number : 04V566000 recall date : Nov 23, 2004 recommended action of NHTSA: Investigate compliance of 2006 Camry drls with spec in no. 108 and issue recall if Camry is non-compliant. Recommended action of Toyota: If defective, disable all drl functionality. The benefits of drls are not proven, and drls are not required in the us.

- College Station, TX, USA

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