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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,833 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 292016


  • 150,000 miles


Sudden high acceleration of 2006 Camry followed by accident. Car was in park idling while paying for car wash. This happened in a parking lot. When put into drive from stationary position witnesses heard the engine suddenly rev at a high rate. The driver thought the accelerator pedal was stuck. The Camry then rocketed across a service road at 40 mph according to police report. The car hit a light pole with the right front wheel as it went up the embankment of an adjacent parking lot. The Camry went air born and while in the air hit the side of an escalade, flipped in the air and landed on the roof and a Hyundai.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 172016


  • 89,000 miles
Moving in line to gas pump station unintended acceleration almost causing accident stepped on brake and forced transmission into park to slow. Down racing motor

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Oct 222005


  • miles


2006 Toyota Camry airbag light stays on all the time

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Apr 062010

(reported on)


  • miles
2006 Toyota Camry. Consumer sends a formal request to recalibrate or pre-program the engine control module computer, so that in the event of any sudden acceleration, the application of the brake pedal will instantly and automatically override and cancel the excess acceleration. Updated 05/28/10.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

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problem #1

Feb 242010

(reported on)


  • miles
Fax fwd ltr (ca) re Toyota Camry sudden acceleration recall wants 2006 Toyota Camry to be included in recall notice, reply to brea, ca ofc.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

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