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:
18 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,665 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 (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #5

Sep 142009


  • 2,000 miles


Toyota Camry gas pedal, Sept 14th 2009 speeding up and almost caused accident.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #4

Dec 142009


  • 0 miles
Accelerator was sticking when the accident happened and we rear ended another party. Updated 02/01/10

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 182009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 11,500 miles
Entering my driveway at slow speed - approximately 5 mph to drive up a small incline. Engine began to race and vehicle accelerated and crashed into garage. The garage door destroyed and contents of garage destroyed contents of garage actually stopped the vehicle which is a 2009 Camry. Vehicle mat had been removed due to Toyota's recent letter of recall, therefore that was not the cause of extremely rapid acceleration. An inspection was performed on the vehicle by a Toyota engineer and no problems were found. The consumer stated the recall was performed on February 6, 2010 and the engineer performed the inspection on February 24, , 2010. So therefore, he wasn't going to find a problem, since the recall had already been performed. Updated IVOQ 10/27/10

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #2

Dec 102009


  • 5,400 miles
On 10 Dec 09, at approx. 4:15 pm, I was driving my 2010 Toyota Camry, with my wife in the front passenger side. I was proceeding South on route 81 1/4 mile before the taft road exit. I was in the passing lane proceeding at approx.60-65 mph. Upon depressing the accelerator into passing gear, the pedal stuck in a downward position. I attempted to brake the vehicle with no response, I quickly placed the vehicle in neutral at which time there was a large engine roar, at which time I immediately put my right foot shoe toe under the acceleration and pulled the pedal back into its normal position. I was crossing two lanes when this incident occurred. I then placed the vehicle back in drive & very carefully drove home. I reported the incident to my dealer fox imports in auburn NY..

- North Syracuse , NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 242009


  • miles
S10 appropriate handling - letter to the secretary from josephine szambelan with comments re floor mat in her 2009 Toyota Camry interfering with the car acceleration. The consumer stated on several occasions, she could not get the vehicle to accelerate. The vehicle would only travel 5-15 mph. The consumer asked the dealer if the floor mats were the problem and they said no. After taking it upon herself to remove the floor mats, the vehicle is now accelerating properly.

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

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