Toyota Camry owners have reported 22 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Camry based on all problems reported for the Camry.
Ignition key was removed with transmission in drive and ignition switch not in off position. This has now happened at least twice.
See all problems of the 2002 Toyota Camry.
The contact owns a 2000 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that she secured the vehicle in park and was able to remove the key from the ignition with the engine continuing to operate. The dealer was contacted and advised that either the ignition switch or the key was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that she opened the window while the dealer was on the phone with her, and it exhibited an abnormal squealing noise. The contact was then advised by the dealer to bring the vehicle in for inspection. Additionally, the contact stated that when sitting in the driver's seat, it would feel as though the springs were protruding into her back and causing pain. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where she was advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the air bag warning light sporadically illuminated over a two year span. The contact was concenred that in teh case of air bag deployment, the chemicals in the air bag would affect her asthma. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.
See all problems of the 2000 Toyota Camry.
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. When the key was removed from the ignition switch, the engine remained on. The contact stated that the key had to be placed back into the ignition switch and turned to the off position. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact stated that the key was very loose in the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Camry.
My 2007 Toyota Camry le on July 15, 2012 12:15 pm, driving back from church about 3 miles from home, we noticed a horrible rubber burning smell. As we continue driving no more than a mile, the vehicle driver window power switch started smoking; upon trying to roll down the windows to avoid the shocking smell, the windows would not roll down. Infant and adults started coughing profusely. Air conditioning was on and we turned it off with no change. Windows were stuck and not able to roll down, the smell and cough got stronger. We had to pull over to get air and had the toddler and young adults walk home due to the smell. We turned the car off for about half hour to cool down without any success. As soon as the car's ignition switch was turned on it started smoking again, per the Toyota car dealer where I bought the car brand new 5 years ago; the car is unsafe to drive and a health hazard. I reported the incident to Toyota corporation on Monday July 16, 2012 and as of today Thursday, July 20, 2012 after several attempts to contact Toyota; they returned my call just to inform me that my case was escalated to a supervisor and that I will get a call back tomorrow. Per the Toyota dealer that inspected my vehicle, the issue is the master power switch. The dealer was nice enough to waive the inspection fee due to the severity of the issue. Prior to this incident, I noticed that sometimes the passenger front door did not lock upon setting the alarm. As time went by it stopped working all together. Then the same door, front passenger window would not roll down on occasions and the day of the incident it rolled down by itself. I rolled the window up and after the incident all 4 windows are nonfunctional.
See all problems of the 2007 Toyota Camry.
I have a 2000 Toyota solara and I just got my brakes done and it was like I never even had them replaced there grinding my vehicle is hard to stop they squeak and now my ignition switch is broke when I purchase the vehicle they told me I had to make another key I made 2 but its the same consistent problem nobody is taking this matter serious and it really is a dangerous situation to be in especially with younger age children.
2007 Toyota Camry xle with Smart key , keyless ignition. Page 320 of the owners manual states caution "do not touch the engine start stop switch while driving", in bracketed yellow background. Next paragraph states in regular bw print; "if you have to make an emergency stop,press and hold the engine start switch for more than three seconds. The fallacy of this is the vehicle speed must be under 3 mph. If you apply the emergency brake/parking brake the engine will quit at below 40 mph. I went thru several tests to determine this flaw. This is poor design. I have heard via tv that the Lexus 350 ,almost same vehicle as Camry xle except for nicer interior and seats, has an uncommanded acceleration problem. Probably all 2007 Lexus vehicles have keyless ( Smart key) ignition. If you were traveling at 70 mph and got uncommanded acceleration with Smart key you would be in a bad situation. I have not had an uncommanded acceleration and do not want one at interstate speeds.
Vehicle did not turn off when the key was pulled out the ignition switch. Smoke was coming from the switch before the vehicle finally turned off. Consumer will notify manufacturer.
See all problems of the 1999 Toyota Camry.
Original key will not turn in the ignition. It will open doors and trunk.
When the key was out of the ignition the vehicle tried to start up on its own and then it caught on fire.
See all problems of the 1997 Toyota Camry.
Consumer can take key out of ignition while vehicle is not in park. This had caused an accident. Dealer notified.
See all problems of the 1996 Toyota Camry.
While driving vehicle stalled out and eveythings locked up. Dealership replaced ignition lock; but, problem reoccurred.
See all problems of the 1998 Toyota Camry.
Key can be removed from ignition when car is in drive. Ignition defect could cause the car to roll and strike another car or a person when unattended. The is the second serious manufacturer's defect on this car. This is the same new car that has intermittent brake failures of hydraulic abs in under 15,000, causing car to go through stops three times. Please see complaint # 10018667. Impossible to get manufacture to assist despite several attempts. Buyer beware.
Pushed the accelerator, no response from the engine. Engine would spontaneously rev- without accelerator being touched. After a 2 hour rest period the car was again driven the same problem occurred. The rpm would rev without the accelerator being pushed, after about 50 feet the engine check light came on. The gas pedal would sometimes engage the engine so we were able to travel a short distance. It was unpredictable as to when the accelerator would work. It would sometimes kick in while the rpm's were reving and the car would jerk forward. I felt it was unsafe to drive. As we were shutting the car off to load it on the tow truck when thecar was shut off, and the keys were still in the ignition, the automatic door locks repeatedly went off- in a rapid motion about 20 times until the keys were removed. The car has been towed to a local dealer.
Ignition failed, key sticks and will not turn. Yh.
Gear shift would not release the key.
I bought the car brand new Toyota Camry le in Nov. 95 it was model 96. An ongoing problem of starting the car. When I start the car whether its morning or in the afternoon, once I release the key it dies. I've been going to 2 Toyota dealers and their diagnosed is always the idle control. I believe the problem started in 1997, then again in 1999. I went to Toyota north hollywood and they fixed it by replacing the idle valve itself, so I was told. Then may 2000, I had a problem again when in my dashboard the warning "check engine " lit. So I went again to have it fixed. Then this time, I am having a problem again starting the car, the engine dies and I have to step on gas pedal for more than 2 minutes to start it , whether it's morning or afternoon. I went back to Toyota service this time in Toyota wondries alhambra where I bought the car. And they said they need to replace the idle control valve again and it will cost again $330. Why is this an ongoing problem? I know dozens of cars from my friends and families but they dont go through the same problem every other year. Please help.
Intermittent problem with ignition key assembly occurs, force key to turn on engine.
Consumer complained about an ignition switch problem. Driver was able to remove key from the ignition while vehicle was still in drive.
Owner has abs brakes, vehicle will not stop when brakes are applied. Problem is intermittent. Dealers cannot duplicate problem. Also power steering pump has failed, cause unknown. Ignition lock failure.
Vehicle's interlock ignition will not turn. Problem appears to be intermittent. Dealer cannot find a problem. Problem may be related to investigation no. Pe97034.
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