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:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,389 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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jan 052014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle spun uncontrollably and then rolled over. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained minor lacerations and bruising, and a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was ruled as being destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 64,000. Updated 02/11/2014

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #16

Dec 032013

Camry 4-cyl Diesel

  • miles
The 2006 Toyota Camry involved in a frontal collision (which is a total lost) does not has the airbags deployed at the moment of the accident as designed.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Sep 012008


  • 46,823 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer performed two diagnostics that located failures at the air bag pinfit and the passenger's side front seat. The air bag pinfit and the passenger's side front seat were replaced however, the failure was not corrected. The air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 46,823 and the current mileage was 89,000.

- Ada, MI, USA

problem #13

Jun 262013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 46,216 miles
Vehicle airbag warning light came on for passenger side. Dash message said airbag off even though passenger was in the seat. Car was taken to dealer who said "the computer got confused, probably because weight exceeding trigger threshold was removed from seat & replaced while car was running". computer needed to be "re-calibrated". I was charged $95 labor to re-calibrate. In my opinion for the computer to disable the airbag because something was moved in or out of the seat is a serious safety concern. If there is proper weight, the bag should be on, otherwise off, but not disabled requiring a trip to the dealer to fix and an exorbitant labor charge to fix.

- Eugene, OR, USA

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problem #12

Dec 042012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 28,100 miles
The airbag warning light came on in the car. We brought it to the dealer and were told that there is an internal open inside circuit in the side air bag of the passenger seat. Because this is an integral problem with the seat, it needs to be replaced. Approximate cost with tax is $3400. Other similar complaints are on the internet. I believe that there is a systemic issue with the seat/air bag system.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 102009

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,417 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there were no recalls for the vehicle and in order to repair the air bags, they would have to remove the passenger's seat and replace it with a new air bag assembly, all at the contact's expense. The manufacturer was notified who also advised the contact that there were no recalls and that he should contact the dealer for the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,417 and the current mileage was 234,000. Updated 012/14/12 the consumer stated the local dealer offered $1,000 assistance of the total cost ($3,300) as a goodwill gesture. The consumer declined. Updated 12/17/2012

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #10

Nov 022012

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The air bag warning light stays on all the time.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #9

Oct 052012

Camry 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I was traveling sw around 35mph and entered an intersection with the green light. Another (unlicensed) driver also traveling at the same speed entered the intersection traveling ne, his light was red, but he ran it. My front end impacted his drivers side (near the front tire) both of his air bags deployed, yet neither of mine did. My front end (frame) bent like a V-shape, and fluid from the radiator drained onto the hot engine. I had to be evacuated from the car by the local emt and was taken by ambulance to emergency. I have photos that would love to share especially Toyota, so they can explain to me why the air bags failed, and put me into what is going to be months of therapy.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 262011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 49,202 miles
I bought a Toyota Camry 2006 from maple hill auto group in kalamazoo, mi in March of 2011. The car had 49,202 miles on it at the time. When I test drove it, I noticed the airbag light was on. I expressed concern to the salesman who indicated "oh, that's just a sensor issue, that can be fixed quickly." I purchased the car with some reservation about the light. When I picked up the car, the light was off (they had taken it to the local Toyota dealership to fix). Everything was fine for about 5 months in August when the light came back on again. I returned it to maple hill auto and was told by the salesman that "the airbag light was not part of powertrain warranty and therefore would not be fixed. I then took it to the Toyota dealer who informed me that they could "tweak"it again but in evidently the entire front seat may have to be removed at a cost of about $3000, which of course I don't have. So they "tweaked" it again and it was okay for a while. Now, July 2012, it has come back on again. On my sales agreement with maple hill auto it states "dealer will repair air bag light issue." Obviously, this has not happened. The car only had 49,000 miles on it when the light was on originally. The original warranty for Camry is supposed to be 60,0000 miles for this issue. I feel that I have been scammed and lied to by the dealer who only took it to Toyota to get the light temporarily off so I would buy the car. I believe they knew it was a more serious issue because I believe Toyota told them it would be a recurring problem. Now I feel stuck as I cannot afford to replace a seat and I don't feel a 2006 Camry I paid $12,350 for should have this issue. Aren't they supposed to be about safety? now I am forced to drive around in an unsafe car, including with my grandchildren. I think maple hill auto should fix this problem at no cost to myself.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #7

May 012006


  • 6 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the air bag indicator illuminated. After taking the vehicle to the dealer the contact was informed that the indicator was repaired after resetting the air bag module. After a period of time when the contact would move the seats the air bag indicator would illuminate again. The dealer was notified of the recent failure and the contact was instructed that the air bag sensor would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that they would not cover the cost of the sensor replacement. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 6 and current mileage was 90,060. The VIN was not available.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #6

Oct 202011


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving 35 mph when he crashed into the side of another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and the contact as well as a passenger was injured in the crash. The police arrived to the scene and advised that the air bags should have deployed in the crash. The failure and the current mileages were 54,000.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 022010


  • 28,273 miles
I was pulling slowly into a parking space in front of an office building. When I gently applied the brake, the car suddenly zoomed forward and struck the front of the building, shattering a large glass window and its frame and area around it. This stopped the car. I put it into reverse and backed into the parking space. The air bag did not inflate. Fortunately, the occupant of that office had just left. Otherwise she would have been hit by flying glass. I had never before had trouble of this kind with this Toyota. The damage was repaired, but I sold the car to the auto body shop.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 302007


  • miles
My Toyota Camry 2006, purchased on 3/29/06 was involved in two major accidents and it was totalled after the second major accident which occoured on 3/30/07. On the first major accident, my wife who was driving the vehicle, tried to stop the vehicle at the signal, instead it raced forward on its own and hit another vehicle. On the second major incident, after stopping the car and allowing another car to pass on the same road in the opposite direction, she made a left turn and the car accelerated uncontrollably and hit a big tree standing at an elevated part of the road. By looking at the scene anybody can come to the conclusion that some kind of malfunctioning of the acceleration mechanism has happened. In both of these major accidents, none of the air-bags deployed. The same car had another similar incident but no property was damaged and therefore, that incident was not reported to police but a co-worker drove the vehicle out of the retaining pond. In this incident, my wife after parking the car, tried to pull it a little further and then the car jumped across the concrete bump and fell into the retaining pond. Luckly there was no water.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Apr 012006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. While driving at various speeds, the air bag light would illuminate and then dim. Currently, the air bag light remains illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer six times. The first four times, the dealer reset the air bag light and the fifth time the dealer replaced the driver side air bag assembly. The air bag light remains dim in intervals of two to four months and then illuminates again. The air bag light has illuminated again two weeks ago. The current mileage was 36,700 and failure mileage was 9,000.

- Guthrie, OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 082007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
- the contact stated the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly while driving. The contact stated that most of the incidents occurred while the he was pulling into a parking space. The contact stated the he had four minor crashes due to the vehicle accelerating. In the latest incident the vehicle accelerated across a five lane highway and crashed into a utility pole. The weather conditions were dry, and was not aware of the vehicle's speed. The driver was injured, and taken in an ambulance to the hospital. The driver sustained burns from the seat belts. The air bags did not deploy. The contact stated that he had previously taken the vehicle to the dealer, and they could not find anything wrong. The contact has the repair order, and the police report. Updated 02/06/07.

- Clevland, OH, USA

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