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:
14 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,306 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.

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Feb 042010


  • 17,000 miles


While traveling down road approximately 35-40 mph, traffic up ahead was braking. As I applied my brakes, they hung up, felt like anti lock brake trying to engage, but did not slam on brakes. As I applied brake pedal, car started to accelerate. I was able to tap the brake pedal several time and get vehicle back under control. It has only happened this one time.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #17

Mar 072010


  • 29,000 miles
Brakes pull excessively when road cant is sloped.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 082010


  • 29,000 miles
I was unable to stop the car at stop sign while I tried my best to stop even I tried hard to use the brake to stop.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012010


  • miles


2009 Toyota Camry with acceleration and brake failure. The consumer stated when he applied the brakes, they did not grab. About three quarters of the way driving down a hill, there were not brakes at all. There was plenty of pedal, but the consumer was unable to slow or stop the vehicle. The consumer noticed the speedometer read 83 mph. Finally, the consumer was able to slow the vehicle down a little by using both feet to apply the brakes.

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #14

Aug 202008


  • 25,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) hello, I'm [xxx] from U.S. army. My car, Toyota Camry 2009, had a same problem with that sudden acceleration back in 2008. The car was, of course, brand new, and I had that same experience - all of sudden acceleration. It was after I was finished the all duties for the day, and I was head to my home. When I just drove on the highway, the RPM went up so quickly and suddenly, and even I stepped on the brakes several times. But the RPM had never been go down and stop. So I made the decision to make the transmission shift to neutral, and it worked at that time. At that time, I was in like country side in fort gordon, Georgia, and now I'm in South Korea to perform the duty here. At that time of that incident, I thought it could happen maybe one time.. very one time.. however, when I read the current newspaper article.. I feel very terrible about this.. because now my wife and my 3year old son ride in Toyota Camry.. (that's the only one car in our household).. what if there would be a same happening to my wife and my son.. I was O.K. because the highway I drove on was almost no traffic.. as I mentioned earlier, I lived in country side ft. Gordon, Georgia.. but after I got the duty station in South Korea, I relocated my family back to los angeles county, California.. (that's where I came from) I know my wife once told me.. she felt little bit more acceleration when she drove toward down slope.. she had to do the samething, put the transmission shift to the neutral.. what if this kind of incident would be happened in a heavy traffic.. man.. I wish that I would have a total solution for this.. I know that I can't return the car, right?

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 272010


  • 28,632 miles
We own a 2009 Camry SE. The car pulls to the left regardless of road grade. We have had the car aligned nine (9) times in 45 days. Each instance the alignment has read "out of alignment". the dealership has said there isn't anything they can do. We have purchased two (2) sets of tires and the problem hasn't been resolved. The vehicle has 28,000 miles. Steering while breaking - @10mph to stop: Pulls hard to the left. Steering wheel will turn 18 degrees counter clockwise before complete stop. Have repeated this consistently (eleven..11, times ) with dealership service mgr. In vehicle. This vehicle presents a definite safety issue. Vehicle is exceptionally difficult to drive in inclement weather conditions.. I.e., snow, ice and rain. Request further investigation and NHTSA involvement.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #12

Feb 242010


  • 10,000 miles


I purchased a 2009 Camry hybrid this past summer and within a month, noticed problems with occasional braking and acceleration issues. I originally thought that perhaps this was the hybrid technology, but at times I have experienced some near misses and have been very concerned with the recent reports of lost life. I filed a complaint on the website on February 9th, 2010 and have received no response since then. I am disappointed that the Camry hybrid was not included with the latest prius recall and feel that Toyota needs to investigate what I believe to be a software/electronics issue. I have been in software development and sales for the past 15 years and have never been in a car accident since receiving my license. But since purchasing this car, my first Toyota, I do not feel as safe as I have in my GM's and Ford's over the years. What I am experiencing is a forward lurch when braking from 50 mph to a quick stop/traffic light and the gas engine is engaged. When brake is applied, the car slows, then there is a quick revving of the engine, then an upshift prior to a downshift when the electronics/battery takes over. This has caused some near misses from a rear end collision, as the car appears to stop, but then lurches forward. I have also experienced this forward lurch, when accelerating at higher speeds (30-50 mph)from a stop light, as if there is a delay between the electronics to the gas engine. This has caused the car to accelerate rapidly on occasion, causing me to brake to slow it down. Please have this software defect looked into, as I believe this recent recall should include the Camry hybrids as well and as soon as possible.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 142009


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when the vehicle hit a bump in the road or an ice patch the brakes failed to function properly. The vehicle was traveling 30 mph at the time. The failure mileage was 13,000 miles. The current mileage was 19,000.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 052010


  • 7,000 miles
While at a stop sign, I accelerated my car and then quickly stopped (pushed on the brakes) because another car was coming, only to feel my Camry accelerate and crashed into the other car.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #9

Dec 112009


  • 6,300 miles
I have a 2009 Camry. And I found it is takes a very long time to stop the car even if you push the brake to the full position. I also own a 1999 Camry, which does not have the problem. I even had a accident with the 09 Camry when I was reaching the traffic light on around 35mph I begin push the brake when I saw the light turned into yellow. However, the car could not stop in time, and I pump into the car in front of me. I took the car to the dealer and they told me the brake works fine so far and they did not have a recall so far.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Nov 112009


  • 64,000 miles


2009 Camry I bought a used Camry 2009 with 64,000 miles on it. I noticed that while making a turn, both right and left axles were creating sound. Then I called Toyota's customer relations dept. Around Nov 11th and reported this matter to them. They gave to me the complaint # 0911116335. They advised me to go to the local dealer. I took the car to the local dealer on Dec.3,2009 and a mechanic rode with me in the car and agreed that both axles are bad. I left the car with the dealer to confirm this problem. When I picked up the car, they charged me $ $50 for inspection and wrote the report that only left axel was bad. As I have already pointed out, mechanic had already confirmed that both axles were bad. It appears that to 'tone down' this defect, Toyota home office advised the dealer to report that only one axel was bad. Dealer's estimate for replacing one axel was around $ $900 after 10% discount on the parts. I understand that there may be only few 2009 Camry which would have 64,000 miles on them. I request you to register my complaint and look for other 2009 Camry users to report this problem. Another problem I have noticed is the similar brake problem that Toyota has in prius models. When applying brakes on a slippery condition, car does not stop for few feet. Please also investigate this matter.

- Overland Park, Ks. 66213, KS, USA

problem #7

Feb 132010


  • miles
Toyota Camry 2009. A few times, the brakes were not responsive. Accelerator is sometimes slow to come to idle position, which caused unintended acceleration and trouble braking.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 072010


  • 0 miles
My Toyota Camry hybrid has the exact same going over bumps and pothole problems that is being described for the prius, however, I have not been able to get it addressed. During braking, if the car goes over a non-smooth surface in the road, the car speeds up until all four wheels are on solid ground again, usually a short duration. This is scary and dangerous and I am lucky that I have been able to avoid an accident. This has been a continuous problem that the dealer didn't recognize when I have complained about it. I am entering yesterdays date in the incident date field since this happened to me again last evening.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 272010


  • 5,500 miles
I have a 2009 Toyota Camry that I purchased from darcars in silver spring, md., at the end of 2008. It is subject to the gas pedal recall and the floor mat recall, but I also have a separate problem. My brakes failed while I was driving to daycare/work on January 27th and I still do not know why. I was driving in downtown Washington, D.C., and my brakes did not work when I tried to stop for a red light on 14th street. I managed to avoid smashing into the car in front of me only because I was able to swerve into the oncoming lane, which luckily had no traffic. My car traveled roughly another half block before I was finally able to stop on the side of the road. It was quite scary, in part because I had my one-year-old and my three-year-old in the car with me when it happened. I left work early that day and took the car up to the dealer where I bought it, but they couldn't find anything wrong. At this point, though, I am scared to drive the car - especially with my kids - and I am thinking of selling it as soon as possible. I assume this is unrelated to any of the recent recalls affecting the Camry.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 182009


  • 22,000 miles
I have purchase 2009 Toyota Camry le on August 7, 2009. But my wife was driving when it was involve in an accident on November 18, 2009 due that either the gas pedal stuck or the brakes didn't work properly, that caused a crash to the other cars rear. We have taken to don mcgill Toyota of katy for repair that cost me $3,850 for that damage on the front end. The questions is does my car have the same problem that Toyota has recalled? I would like to someone give me same answers on it.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 042010


  • 19,531 miles
I have experienced the same "2010 Toyota prius braking issue" on my 2009 Toyota Camry. The Toyota prius braking issue is described as the following: "momentary loss of braking capability while traveling over uneven road surfaces, potholes or bumps." This is exactly what happened to me in my 2009 Toyota Camry just a few hours ago. After rolling over a series of bumps at about 45 mph I tried to apply the brake in my 2009 Camry and the pedal was very slow to respond and the physical brake pedal itself exhibited great resistance in my effort to press it down into use. This problem occurs only after having traveled over bumps or potholes, etc. The reason I am filing this complaint is that I feel that the "prius braking issue" is not limited to only the prius model that has been reported on in the new over the past 24 hours.

- Barrington, RI, USA

problem #2

Dec 232009


  • 36,000 miles
I live in the Chicago area and recently purchased a 2009 Toyota Camry SE with 35K miles on it in Nov 2009. In late December I was driving home from work - it was rainy and about 30 degrees outside and the roads were a bit slippery. The car in front of me (far ahead) applied its brakes to make a left turn. I went to apply my brakes to slow down and the car would not stop! I did not feel the brakes apply and slow my vehicle. I pushed down on the brake harder and it did nothing. It was not until I lifted my foot off the brake and reapplied it that the car started to slow. Luckily I was not too close to the car in front. The next day, I went to the my local mechanic and paid him to look at my brakes to make sure they were safe. He did not see anything wrong with the pads or rotors. Yesterday the same thing happened. The weather was a mix of rain and ice and about 20 degrees. I am not afraid to buy my new car and feel something needs to be done to address this issue. I have read in forums where similar occurrences have happened to Camry owners as well. Please help!

- Highwood, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 252010


  • miles
I would like to make a complaint about my car. I brought a Toyota Camry 2009 and I have been having problems because its not stabilized in the routes. Also when I go on the streets the cars brakes wont stop. I've tried taking it to the dealership but they just tell me to make an appointment.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

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