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:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,550 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

problem #10

Feb 202010


  • 56,000 miles


My 22 year old son was driving our 2006 Toyota Camry was involved in a broadside collision with another vehicle at a signalized intersection. Our Camry suffered severe front end damage and the adjuster for our insurance company deemed the car as a total loss. Our 2006 Toyota Camry was equipped with front and side airbag but neither of them were deployed in the crash. Our son escaped with minor injuries but it could have been disastrous and our son could have been seriously injured in the accident.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 122009


  • miles
The airbag light keep coming on when I either go through a car wash or if some taps my front-end while parking. Dealer refuses to verify if they have had any similar complaints.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #8

Oct 282009


  • 113,000 miles
SRS (supplemental restraint system) indicator warning light came on & stays on. Brought the vehicle in to my local Toyota dealer who notified me that they "found open circuit in seat squibb not serviceable part" $3154.28 to replace the seat. The passenger side airbags will not deploy in an accident.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #7

Apr 132009


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. While driving 35 mph a vehicle in front of her proceeded through a stop sign causing the driver to crash and rear end another vehicle. Upon impact the driver side air bag did not deploy causing the driver to sustain injuries to her chest, left leg and broken fingers on her left hand. The contact did not notice any failures with the air bag system prior to the failure. A police report was filed. The vehicle was inspected by an insurance adjuster who was unable to determine why the air bags did not deploy and confirmed that the vehicle was destroyed. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Spencer, MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact began coughing and blacked out. He crashed the vehicle into several trees and the air bags failed to deploy. There were no other vehicles or passengers involved. The contact sustained major injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified. The current and failure mileages were 141,000. Updated 12/30/08. The consumer blackout from choking. Updated 01/05/09.

- Easley, SC, USA

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problem #5

May 282008

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Front end collision with 2006 Toyota camera. 40-45 mph crash. Seat belt failed to fire. Airbags did not deploy. Engineering analysis confirmed that seat belts did not fire, air bags failed to deploy, torn-defective air bag sensor. Research indicated there was a recall on this air-bag system for Toyota camera's 2006 model but was never notified. Need government Agency to analyze computer codes. Refuse to turn over computer to Toyota. Car totaled...

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 222008

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


2006 V6 Toyota Camry xle. Driver lost control of vehicle in icy conditions. Vehicle struck concrete embankment at high rate of speed, approximately 50-70 mph. No other vehicles involved in accident. Significant damage to front, rear and left rear. Car determined to be total loss by insurance company. Neither front nor side airbags deployed. Driver suffered contusion to head with no other injuries.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 052007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Camry....while inching my car forward in my driveway to position the car to back it up, I was applying the brake and moving at a speed of no more than 2-3 mph. The car started to accelerate which kept increasing. I was taken by surprise, didn't know what was happening. I looked down at the accelerator to make sure it wasn't me. My foot was on the brake. Before I knew it, I hit head on the very large tree at the end of my driveway. I was approximately 4 ft from the tree when the engine started revving. I had my seat belt on, which saved me from smacking my face on the steering wheel. My head jerked forward and I had a tremendous headache afterwards with pain in my neck. The air bag did not deploy. I put the car in park and my husband reached in the window and turned the engine off. When I started it up again, there was no problem and I carefully moved it away from the tree. The force with which I hit the tree pushed in my front end and also did some damage under the hood since the power steering fluid was leaking. I am currently waiting for the insurance adjustor to check this out. He did say that if he doesn't experience the same problem, he doesn't know what can be done by Toyota. Needless to say, I am anxious for the results and will not feel safe driving my car.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 292006


  • miles
Front-end of my 2002 Camry was destroyed in a front-end collision. Both airbags failed to deploy.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 042006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
The airbags on my Toyota-Camry- le 2006 did not deploy during an accident. I have photos of the vehicle from the incident site if required. My wife was injured. I believe if the air bag would have deployed, the injury may have been prevented.

- Bellerose, NY, USA

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