really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,465 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry lights problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 272013


  • 5,049 miles


Power steering make grinding when turning, brakes squeaking when backing, A/.C have bad smell when I turn off the A/C leak lots of water, when I stop and took off the car skid and a light ABS light on the panel.I spoke to the mgr and he toll me was normal when A/C off open the outside air to the smell go away. And for the steering he sad the car has electronic power steering and for brakes cause dirty and out of adjustment.on Feb 16 I took the car again for brakes then nothing wrong stillmaking the clicking noise then a month after I get a letter for the recall but same problems still there I just want know if any recalls on this issues that I write in this letter for my concerns and safe which I don't feel safe driving this car it has 18,000 miles.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 152013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 215,346 miles
I was traveling between two major intersections on the outskirts of decora, ia on a four lane road with my lights on dim. I was alone in my lane there was no traffic in front nor behind though there was maybe one or two cars in the lanes coming toward me. Suddenly I saw white on the road in front of me. I slammed on the brakes and turned slightly to the left. At this point I realized the white were deer feet, the deer ran off the road to my right. I only saw the feet move, I never saw the deer in full. My complaint is that the Camry headlights do not allow enough light to shine above the pavement to be able to see a threat that is not right on the road. If you bring the Camry against a wall you will see there is a line in the headlight shine, above which there is very little light, it is black. The only light that seems to shine above is that which bounces up from the pavement. The headlights do a good job of putting light on the pavement but do not put enough light above the pavement to see anything that is not flat on the pavement. The brakes and tires worked well, they saved me from hitting the deer. This was a very close call. These headlights are a safety hazard.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #3

Mar 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 31,777 miles
The Toyota Camry has been rear ended by a Ford Explorer 2002 between 40-50mph, damaging the trunk, bumper tail lights, right rear side, left side body and spare tire compartment. At the moment of the accident, were the driver and three more adult passengers inside of the vehicle on their respective seats wearing properly the seat belts at the time of the accident, the driver from the Ford Explorer was distracted looking for a radio remote control without notice the traffic almost stop when the driver of the Ford Explorer back his attention to the traffic was too late even as he manifest he has no time to press the brake pedal. After we inspect the damages I notice the airbag and seat belt light on the dashboard are on even when the car is in motion but no air bag has been deploy there is a pictures and video available for any future investigation upon request.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
I purchased my car in July of 2012 and never drove it at night until about a month later. I was shocked to see that when you are driving in an unlighted area there is a very dark shadow that goes across the entire top half of the windshield which inhibits your view greatly. I have complained to the dealership twice about this and they tell me there is nothing they can do. I told them that I can barely see beyond 10 feet of the road unless I have my high beams on and was concerned of having an accident from this. Well I did have an accident the other night and hopefully someone will listen to me now. Someone had left a car illegally parked on an on ramp and when I was driving home the other night I never saw the car parked there do to the poor lighting from my car and as I was trying to merge into the travel lane I slammed into the parked car. Fortunately I was not injured however the next person may not be as fortunate and I cannot ignore this. They have to do something about their headlights on the new Toyota Camry that causes the windshield to have a dark shadow across the top half at night. Both my husband and close friend have seen what happens to the windshield at night and they agreed it greatly inhibits your view of the road.

- Orange, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 112012


  • 155 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph at night with the low beam headlights activated and noticed that the headlights inadequately illuminated the road. The failure led to reduced visibility. The dealer was notified and they stated that the headlights could possibly be adjusted. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155.

- Glen Ellen , CA, USA

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