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:
27 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,994 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #41

Oct 312016


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owned a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at an undetermined speed, the contact's vehicle crashed into a second vehicle. During the crash, the front end sustained significant damage. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. A police report was filed. The driver sustained facial and head bruises, and an injured back and leg. Medical attention was required. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- La Porte, TX, USA

problem #40

Sep 152016


  • 117,000 miles
At start up the gauges started to work intermittently, after a while driving down the road they start working fine after a few miles they start jumping and falling. Brake light and ABS lights comes on and ac quits working we haven T drive the car since this started happening called the dealer and they told us to take to service, before that I will like to know if there's a recall for that. On the last service made by Toyota dealer, they washed the engine, a practice that I am not agree, does that may be the cause? let me know, thanks

- Aibonito, PR, USA

problem #39

Aug 182016


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 33 mph, the contact was distracted and drove through a red light. The contact broadsided a vehicle. The frontal air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the insurance lot. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000...updated 10/13/16....updated 10/28/16

- Soth Bend, IN, USA

problem #38

May 162016


  • 88,000 miles


I purchased my 2009 Toyota Camry 2.4L while stationed in germany, it was manufactured to us specifications and I brought it stateside with me. I ran my VIN in the Toyota database to find out if the air bag or "sticky" dash board recalls applied to my vehicle. My VIN did not register in the Toyota database. I called Toyota and they ran my VIN, they explained that my vehicle was not visible in their database. The went on to explain, I would have to contact Toyota in Japan or germany for recall information and they would not be able to repair any recalls on my vehicle in the us. Does Toyota not have an obligation to ensure my vehicle was manufactured properly and with quality materials to ensure its safe operation?

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #37

Aug 152015


  • miles
Air bag light goes on, off

- Boston, MA, USA

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problem #36

Apr 052016

Camry 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. When the contact started the vehicle, both the driver and passenger side air bag lights illuminated. An occupant was not seated in the passenger seat. The air bag light remained illuminated until the vehicle was stopped. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #35

Jan 082016


  • miles


The light on the dashboard says drivers side air bag off

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #34

Sep 102015


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving 55 mph, another vehicle rear ended the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. No further details of the crash were available. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #33

Jul 072015


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while attempting to turn to the right, the air bag located under the dashboard and the steering wheel air bag abruptly deployed. The air bag under the dashboard released objects with jagged edges that cut the contact's lower legs area. Medical attention was received. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #32

Apr 302013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
I had merged onto the highway, traveling at about 50 to 55 mph on a very narrow construction road. I was sharing this narrow road with a semi at this point. As I tried to give a little room between the semi and my vehicle, I sudden hit the edge of the road where there were gravels and immediately my vehicle started spinning out of control and all over the highway, in and out of a ditch and finally hit a tree and then came to a stop. Luckily, I did not sustain any injury but I am now dealing with major pain in my neck and back that is getting worse everyday. My complaint is during this whole process the airbag did not deploy. I was hoping, this with much impact, the airbags should have deployed.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #31

Nov 282014


  • miles


2009 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle airbag issues. The consumer stated within days after the vehicle was at the dealer for its annual xylon treatment, he noticed the passenger air bag read air bag off. Despite an adult sitting in the front passenger seat. It was not an issue prior to the xylon treatment for the seats. The dealer stated it was likely a short within the seat mechanism. They proposed a repair of the seat track sensors and replacement of the seat belt buckle at a cost of $ 1200 and there was no guarantee given that it would solve the problem and the air bag would be functional.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #30

Nov 102014


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The dealer inspected the vehicle and advised that the spiral cable needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and explained that the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number 14V168000 (air bags). The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 151,000.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #29

Aug 312014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
While driving in the rain at approximately 35 mph hydroplaned on an highway exit ramp that was a sharp loop/curve. The car hit head on the end of the guardrail which had a square plate. The entire front end and hood of the Camry was smashed and the air bags never deployed. I was wearing my seat belt which somewhat restrained me but hit my head on the steering wheel and suffered a concussion.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #28

Aug 082014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 42,300 miles
I realized that my SRS lights were staying on. After going through vehicle manual it pointed out that it was due to disabled air bag. I took it to Toyota service center to have it diagnosed and they said it was due to faulty spiral cable assembly. It cost me about $550 to get it fixed. I later realized that there were many other Toyota cars that were being recalled for the same reason, I am wondering why Toyota Camry was left out as it seems to have the same issue. I feel that this should be brought to an attention as the lit SRS light could have gone unnoticed if I hadn't been cautious. I had to compare it to my previously taken dashboard picture to figure out if it was out of ordinary.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #27

Aug 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
I rear ended another vehicle and the air bags never deployed. As much damaged that my car sustained no air bag deployed...updated 10/01/14

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 312013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
As noted by other safety recalls for Toyota that did not include the 2009 Camry something malfunctioned in my steering wheel and the airbag is no longer functioning as well as the buttons on the steering wheel or cruise control I believe this is the same issue other vehicles made by Toyota have had safety recalls for and do not believe it to be an odd coincidence that I would then have that same issue. I am hoping that others report this so that the Camry can be added to that recall.

- Dakota Dunes , SD, USA

problem #25

Mar 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 58,100 miles
I was driving on I 90 westbound on 03/01/2014 around 10:48 pm.the weather conditions were difficult as it was snowing and the highway lanes were not clear except the 3rd lane which I was on and it seemed safer than the other two lanes. The weather was causing the vehicles to drive at speeds well below 50 mph as I was approaching the barrington road exit I signaled and waited for the traffic to clear a little so I can safely proceed to the second I started making the move towards the second lane but not fully changing lanes the car started skidding and I had tried to steer it so that it goes towards the left shoulder westbound.I applied the brakes very slowly so I do not hit the center wall and get out of the way of the other motorists and stop safely but as I approached the left shoulder the car hit the wall and turned around with the car positioned front to the upcoming traffic but still on the the car turned around the left front side of an incoming car hit the front of my car and pushed it up the center concrete wall. The car stopped on the wall(yes on the wall standing in between both eastbound and westbound lanes). I called 911 immediately and they sent the Illinois state police to investigate. The ambulance came but no one was injured seriously or taken to the hospital. Only the seatbelt and a good amount of luck made it that I am alive and write you this. My complaint is that even though the seatbelt worked effectively is that when the other vehicle hit me in front of the car the airbags did not deploy. For that reason I am fearful that there is a problem with the airbags and needs to be fully investigated. The car was not involved in any accident before and it was recently at a Toyota dealership for a oil change and the vehicle had recently a multi point vehicle inspection.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #24

Feb 022014


  • 52,500 miles
I own a 2009 Camry which I bought as a new car. Few days ago I was approaching my garage driveway at a normal slow speed when my car suddenly accelerated by its own. I tried to press the brake at hard as I could to stop the car but it continue to speed up till it smashed into the garage wall and broke it. The impact was so severe the stair case on the other side of the wall go displaced and shattered. Air bags did not deploy. I kept on pressing the brakes but the wheels were rotating so fast that the front tire got burst after rubbing so fast against the garage floor. The vehicle finally came to stop after the impact but the entire garage and the house was full of black smoke due to burning tires. This uncontrolled sudden acceleration might kill someone if it had happened on a city street. This is a severe problem and must be investigated thoroughly to avoid similar cases in future. We demand that the regulatory agencies and state and federal transportation boards shall investigate this case and avoid similar future incidents.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #23

Dec 272013


  • 45,000 miles
This car hit us on the driver side running us off the road into a light pole. The pole did give say but totaled the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy at all. I am still suffering from back and neck pain. The visor or something scraped the top of forehead/head.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #22

Sep 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The passenger "air bag-off" warning light remains on with adult passenger is in front seat while vehicle is in motion. Toyota states they will not correct defect or calibrate system because VIN number is not within March 2013 recall for this dysfunction even though like models and year have been issued recall for same condition.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

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