Notes: The 2009 Camry used to be adorned with our “Seal of Pretty Good” but that was before an alarming number of complaints started rolling in for excessive oil consumption.

Owners are being caught off-guard with how quickly their cars are running out of oil. No leaks, no spills, just 1 quart of vanishing oil in as little as 1,200 miles. Toyota maintains this is “normal” for the 2AZ-FE engine, even though they issued a TSB for the problem in August of 2011.

The issue may be the result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,003 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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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152010


  • miles


I parking lot. Put car into drive and pressed the accelerator to pull out of parking space. Car accelerated quickly and stopped when car hit telephone pole. Due to short distance car travel, was unable to apply brake before hitting the telephone pole.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 302009


  • 19,000 miles
Below you will find the email that I sent to Toyota on February 7, 2010 as well as the response I received. To this date I have not received any other communication from Toyota. I truly believe that one of these safety recalls led to my car accident in November, 2009. My vehicle was included in both the floor mat and accelerator recalls. Discussion thread customer 02/07/2010 09:51 am I had a car accident 11-30-09 which resulted in the total loss of my 2009 Camry le [xxx]. due to the closed head injury I received, I am unable to recall the accident. However, viewing the accident report, it appears my vehicle was traveling much faster than I travel on this roadway. It was noted that my side airbag did not deploy when my vehicle struck a tree on the drivers side door. Due to the recalls, I am now concerned that one of the recall issues was the cause of my accident. My car is now at a salvage yard near atlanta, ga. And I feel that Toyota should be concerned enough to check my car for defects. I bought this car based on your reputation for dependability and safety, and now due to the recalls, I can't imagine buying another Toyota. Perhaps my greatest concern are media reports that Toyota has been aware of these problems for quite some time and chose not to notify owners. I now have to wonder about this companies ethics. Date: Sunday, February 7, 2010 12:51 pm from: Ask Toyota subject: Safety shortcomings [incident: 100207-000212] thank you for contacting Toyota motor sales, U.S.a., Inc. We appreciate your consideration and hope to have your email addressed as quickly as possible. Our current office hours are Monday through Friday from 5 am to 6 pm and Saturday 7 am to 4 pm pacific time. If you need immediate assistance, we recommend you contact the customer relations manager at your local Toyota dealership.

- Chickamauga, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042010


  • 20,010 miles
Twice within a week my gas pedal did not release, resulting in a continued acceleration for my 2009 Camry hybrid. First time was on an exit ramp where I release pressure on the pedal to slow down but it did not move for a few seconds. The second time was pulling out and needing to quickly accelerate, I then released pressure, but the car continued to increase in speed. Both times I move the floor mat toward my seat, and the second time required shifting the car into neutral. After the second incident, I took my car to the dealer who sold it to me and reported the above. They looked at the mat and secured it with clips that were not there before. This was prior to the pedal recalls.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

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