really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,918 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry electrical problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Nov 092016


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel seized and the electrical power steering, lower engine oil, charging system warning, and malfunction lamp indicators illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart after the vehicle was recharged by another vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Dallas, TN, USA

problem #26

May 172016


  • 81,350 miles
This situation have been going on for a month. When I have sitting at a light or on idle. My trac, ABS and brake light continue to come on every other week or so. I have seen this complaint before from other Camry's owner online. When they go to the dealership, they tell them it is a sensor. But it is never resolved. Can anybody tell me what is going on with the car? I only had this car for a year. This is scary for me due to me having 2 kids.

- Brighton, AL, USA

problem #25

Mar 202016


  • 67,000 miles
I rear ended a Jeep Wrangler going about 30 miles an hour on the interstate. The Jeep was stationary and my car was in motion my airbags did not deploy and I hit my forehead on the steering wheel which caused a large knot and cut on my forehead.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 212016


  • miles


Rear window defrost quit working. When taken to dealership they said ground wire melted off glass. Ground wire is housed inside back panel. This is a safety defect that has affect my mirrors, as they will also not defrost. In Ohio we had our first real snow fall the week before and that is when it became evident that I had no rear window or side mirror defrost. I called metro Toyota explained problem and that I believe it was related to recalls they did in December, because prior I had no problems. They advised I bring it in 1/21. I did that and that is when they told me that it was not related to recalls and that I need to have glass replaced. Considering the problem occurred in and area that I have no immediate access to I believe this has to be a defect that Toyota will not acknowledge. A rear defrost system not working is a safety issue and I believe tied to the ac electrical problem. As of today their have been no accidents, but if this is a problem for me I am sure that it will be a growing concern for others or it may already be and not reported because they till you it's rare; but unfortunately it's not covered, you have to fix it! I plan to pursue this further

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #23

Dec 032015


  • 25 miles
My car is a 2012 Camry, my problem is the keyless control won't unlock the driver's door, it is ashamed of Toyota not repairing my car that only has 33K miles and they told me is off the regular warranty and it's not cover cause I didn't buy the extended warranty, it's the door lock actuator stated a person from the service department, part cost about $300 and about $700 if they repair it, I just call it the easy way to make extra money off the consumer or ether you pay thousands in the extended warranty or thousands replacing cheap parts and that's with out counting the $150 for what they call the diagnostic test so I started researching about this problem and I encountered that is not only the Camry but many other models having the same problem of the door lock actuator mal function, please I call for your attention in this matter, my car is only 4 years old and only has 33K miles. Thank you.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #22

Dec 122015


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the key fob failed to open the driver side door. The vehicle had to be open manually. The contact also stated that the door actuator for the rear passenger side door had to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #21

Oct 022015


  • 70,000 miles


First, the transmission is really jerk when accelerate at stop light. It also jerk really hard when down shift. It feels like the transmission is delay. Second, the electric steering wheel. The radio just shut off by itself and the steering wheel light came on at the same time, and then the light came off and the radio restarted by itself again. I feel like the electric has some problem.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #20

Apr 042015


  • 9,909 miles
I experienced a sudden unintended acceleration of my Camry as I was attempting to park the car on the third level of a parking garage. The car had been operating normally until I released my foot from the accelerator pedal to pull into the parking space. Suddenly the Camry started accelerating on its own. I applied the brakes, but the car did not slow down or stop. Since I did not want to crash into ongoing cars or go over the edge unto the street below, I chose to crash into the parking space. The car went over the abutment into the cinderblock wall. The airbags did not deploy. A gentleman tried to remove the car from the abutment but said the brakes were not working nor could he get the car to move. He was able to turn off the engine. Two hours later the tow truck operator could remove the car from its spot with the brakes working. The body shop confirmed that there was nothing wrong with the brakes or accelerator pedal. Corporate Toyota had an edr run. The manufacturer concluded: "after road testing your vehicle at various speeds, conducting acceleration and braking tests, we found no issues." Toyota did not address the fact that the problem could have been in the software program that malfunctions intermittently. I feel that the car is dangerous since it gives no warning of an acceleration problem; therefore, I donated the car to an institution with the stipulation that it could not be driven on public roads. The car was under warranty at the time of the accident. And when I bought my car, I also had purchased the platinum vehicle service agreement that had a 0 deductible and an expiration of 75,000 miles. I thought we had lemon laws in place for these types of problems. Ultimately I have had to assume the financial burden caused by what is really a Toyota problem.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #19

Aug 132013


  • 20,000 miles
When a light turns green and I try and go forward my Toyota Camry will not accelerate for 2 to 7 seconds. There was a recall for software that was supposed to fix the issue, how ever it is still happening. The issue is intermittent occurring about every 1000 miles. In the last 4 months another issue has happened where I will be going along at about 30 miles per hour and suddenly the car will stall out for about 5 seconds, this has happened 6 times now. I have taken it to two Toyota dealerships the first one refused to look at it without me paying a diagnostic fee, the other Toyota kept the car for a week and said they could not duplicate the problem so there was nothing they would do. I called Toyota national service center at 1 888 2709371 and was told there is nothing they will do because the dealership cannot replicate the problem. My issue is they know there is an issue, they sent me a letter stating that there might be problems and they voluntarily extended my warranty on the specific parts they know can cause issues. I am concerned for my safety, and have tried to get the issue resolved. What are the next steps I can take to get the issue fixed.

- Colorado Springs , CO, USA

problem #18

Dec 302014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
I have had multiple problems with my 2012 Camry. Purchased it new and started having problems around 3,500 miles. First, noticed a mildew smell that they stated was from the ac which they fixed. Continued to have the odor and found out 15,000 miles later that there was a leak in the ac that was pressing on my airbags so the entire airbag system needed to be replaced. Had several electrical issues that resulted in every light and icon in my car flashing and beeping which started around 20,000 miles. Occasionally, the car would not turn on as a result of this electrical issue. Took it to the dealer multiple times and they said the battery was fine and they thought it was a 'ghost in the electrical system'. then my ac blower went out around 40,000 and had to be replaced. Also, the driver side door would not unlock around 45,000 miles and was making a clicking noise. They said the actuator needed to be replaced. Once this was replaced, the passenger side door started making the same noise and would not unlock. They said I would have to replace this actuator as well. Overall, I am highly disappointed in this car since Toyota is supposedly one of the best automotive companies around. I would not recommend this vehicle to anyone as I felt it was very unsafe due to leaking tubes/fluids that resulted in airbag problems and multiple electrical glitches that affected the car's ability to turn on/drive.

- Oakdale, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 012014


  • 54,000 miles


Rodents have discovered the soy compound used to insulate the wires. My daughter has had to replace wiring twice in the last month. The damage to the wiring results in engine and transmission issues including stalling. This is as dangerous as the issues affecting GM cobalts.

- Waldorf , MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 012014


  • miles
Battery corroded and leaking causing metal parts to rust.

- Ceres, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 012014


  • 55,041 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that all the warning lights illuminated and the vehicle failed to shut off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,041.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 082014


  • 25,000 miles
Dear sir/madam, Toyota 2012 car remote key can open the doors of other Toyota cars. For instance, a remote key of a Toyota corolla can open the doors of a Toyota Camry. This creates a big safe/security problem. Toyota needs to recall these cars made in 2011-2012 to rectify this problem. Thank you for your attention. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 3/13/15

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #13

Dec 162013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 13V442000 (air bags, electrical system, equipment). The contact stated that the repair had exceeded a reasonable amount of time. The dealer stated that parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Plantation , FL, USA

problem #12

May 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2012 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to recall appointment cancelled due to unavailability of parts.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 272012


  • 3,000 miles
The car wanders: It will drift to the right, I will correct with a little turn to the left. It then drifts to the left and I need to correct by steering to the right. At no time can I get the car to drive straight. Furthermore, there is no feeling in the steering wheel. It's like driving in a video game with only visual feedback.. this makes driving tiring and dangerous. If I take a second to look in the mirrors, when I look back to the road I'm either drifting to the right or left. I've taken it to the dealer and after 3 hours all they could find was the tire pressure being 2 lbs low and the toe alignment was a little off. Their conclusion was that it was the electrical power system and that there was nothing they could do about it. I should just get used to it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #10

Apr 022014


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the service engine warning light started flashing on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the sensor was reset but the failure recurred until the warning light remained illuminated. The contact parked the vehicle and later discovered that the vehicle was on fire. The contact noticed that the fire originated from under the hood on the front passenger's side. The contact was not able to contain the fire as the front and rear passenger side tires, as well as the rear driver's side tire exploded. The fire department was called and was able to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries and the vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed of the incident. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 18000.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 022014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Recently I experienced two events which started me thinking about one safety feature of the new automobile ignition systems. I have a 2012 Toyota Camry which has an ignition key (?) which does not have to be inserted into an ignition keyhole for starting the engine. One has to push the start/stop button while depressing the brake pedal to start the engine, and just have to push the start/stop button to turn off the engine. (this is now standard for most new vehicles.). on two recent occasions I parked my car and walked away without pushing the start/stop button. I did not realize what I did for two reasons: (1) the engine runs extremely quietly, (2) more importantly, I was not required to turn off the engine by turning the ignition key which is something that I have been doing almost subconsciously. On both occasions I did not come back until about half an hour later to discover that the engine was not turned off. The safety issue arises from the following scenario. Suppose I came back home at night, parked the car in the garage under the house, gone inside the house and retired for the night. The presence of the key in my pocket does not guarantee that the car is not idling. This is the big change brought on by the new ignition keys. The engine running in the garage can create an extremely dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning situation for the inhabitants of the house. A simple solution to this possible carbon monoxide build-up problem would be to install an automatic engine shut-off feature in the car after a certain amount of time (~20-30 minutes) that the engine has been idling. When I contacted Toyota they said that such a feature does not exist in my model of the car. I hope you will study this possible safety problem and come up with a feasible solution.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #8

Jan 022014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I received a recall notice for the HVAC assembly. I called my dealer and verified my VIN and scheduled an appointment to have the assembly replaced on 1/2/2014. When I arrived at the dealership I was told that they did not have the part and the asst svc mgr [xxx] told me he would get the part and call me. I have not heard from him and when I call he is on vacation. I called the service mgr and left my info and have not received a call back. I need to have this replaced as it is an extreme safety issue and I need this car for school. The dealership is Toyota of hollywood, 1841 N state rd 7, hollywood, fl 33021. Phone 954-893-4667. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miramar, FL, USA

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