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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,976 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 #4

Sep 182015


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving 35 mph and making a right turn, there was a loud screeching sound coming from the front passenger side of the vehicle. Also, while making a right turn, there was a loud clicking sound. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side cv axle boot and the radiator needed to be replaced. The repairs were done; however, the vehicle still drove roughly and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #3

Mar 102014


  • 49,300 miles
Started hearing metal rattling in the front passenger wheel area. Took it to a local garage and the mechanic found that a section of the spring around the strut had completely broken off. I did not hit anything or go into a pot hole. The mechanic was very surprised that the spring had broken.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 272011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 14,606 miles
My 2006 Toyota Camry, bought brand new, had only 14,606 miles and driven 5 years and 11 months, when I brought it to the dealer for a new battery. Dealer hoisted it and the mechanic told me that the rubber control arm bushings (lower suspension) were tearing and therefore, both left and right side control arms needed replacement.. cost: $988.38 less 10% discount. The rubber bushing flexes up and gown when the control arm moves and is subject to age deterioration and damage from road debris like salt, snow, etc. The bushing is only partially shielded by the car frame. If the bushing tears more, the control arm could fall and the car would lose steering ability - a very serious safety issue. I saw the same complaint for another 2006 Camry and 1996 Camry on the NHTSA web site. I wrote a letter to Toyota asking if the rubber bushing on the new replacement control arms I purchased is the same poor quality as the originals. Also, are the new 2012 Camry's equipped with same shock control arm bushings? I received a letter from Toyota in torrance, ca dated 12/12/11 saying they "reviewed and documented" my letter. When I called, the Toyota quality assurance center, the lady said she has to first review my complaint letter. After 5 minutes she said she did not know the answer to my questions about the control arm. Do not buy any Toyota car without first personally inspecting the condition of both control arm bushings together with the mechanic holding a flashlight and mirror, at every oil change. Make the same inspection before the 36,000/3 year warranty or 1 year warranty on replacements, expire! any incipient tear is reason for replacement at Toyota's cost. A tiny tear shows a latent defect because fracture mechanics says the tear or degradation of the rubber bushings will propagate. Updated 04/07/14

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 272006


  • miles
My 2006 Toyota Camry le seems to have a front end problem. I've tried to have the dealership fix the alignment and balance the tires twice, but nothing has improved. The car doesn't track very well and it tends to vibrate above 60 mph. I don't feel safe driving this vehicle often because it requires constant attention to stay in a straight line. Did Toyota design or assemble something improperly?

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

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