really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,322 miles

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problem #16

Jul 142014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 105,238 miles
I was driving about 75 mph going wb on I-8 heading out of tucson July 14, 2014. I started to smell a faint burning, which I thought was the car in front of me. The smell became more intense and smelled like something electrical was frying. It is a very specific smell. I thought for a second that something was happening in my steering wheel but then noticed smoke coming up through my window control buttons. I immediately pulled over and turned off the car. The smoking stopped. I called a tow truck and a cop waited with me in 105 degree weather. I was towed back to tucson to a Toyota dealership. They told me there was an electrical shortage and that I would need to pay over $500 to repair it. I have not done that but instead, I had them cut power to my windows so I can continue to drive the car immediately. I feel that there was definitely a possibility of fire but thank goodness there wasn't. please reference NHTSA campaign number: 12V491000 from October from 2012. I feel like the same issue applies to me (and possibly the other cars manufactured with mine) and should be investigated further. Thank you so much.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #15

Mar 062014


  • 132,000 miles
Initial burning smell coming from driver door. When the vehicle was turned on, there were visible flames appearing in the contol buttons of the driver's side power master switch.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #14

Mar 052013

Camry 6-cyl

  • 172,000 miles
On March 5 as I was driving home from work on the fdr in NY I started to smell smoke and noticed that a fire was emerging from the compartment in front of the shift control area. I immediately pulled over and jumped out in time before my car was fully inflamed; the entire interior of the vehicle burned down. An inspection of my care revealed that it did not come from the engine (as it is still intact) and I believe it was electrical in nature (as I had an event in 2010 where the power control for the window caught on fire and melted-this caused the windows to not work, which is my reason in reporting the non functioning windows to Toyota). I had my car serviced by Toyota a week prior to this incident and I just don't understand how something like this could happen and now after the fact (I have contacted Toyota myself) there is no review for the safety/potential electrical fires/malfunctions for these cars. Although I escaped physically unharmed, the tragedy of the event is still fresh in my mind and it is my hope that this is something that can be looked into.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #13

Jan 082013


  • miles
The driver side window opened or closed slowly and made noise at the beginning. A few days later, the window wouldn't open or close. I called Toyota company who said it's not in the recall list and they have nothing to do with it. The manner was very bad and ignorant.

- Solon , OH, USA

problem #12

Dec 012012


  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to dissatisfactory repair work on vehicles power window unit and doors. The consumer stated prior to his visit to the dealer, the automatic door locks worked fine on the driver and rear doors. Upon reaching work a few hours later after the recall repair, three of the doors would not lock. The consumer returned to the dealer and an inspection revealed all three actuators were dead. The consumer was informed it would cost$ 1,800 to fix. The dealer stated it was a coincidence that the door locks stopped working after the recall was performed on the power window unit.

- Sutton, MA, USA

problem #11

Dec 032012

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to power window recall notice. The consumer stated after learning about the recall on October 11, 2012, she didn't receive the notice, until November 30, 2012.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #10

Oct 032012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 112,340 miles
Today my window on the passer side started acting up not rolling up or down. I parked went in to the bank when I came out started my car and as soon as I backed up I noticed a burning smell then I seen little smoke from the window panel switch then it got heavy and started to burn. I opened my door and started blowing in the switch and the window crack. I went on line and seen that this has happened with my car make and year.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 052011

Camry 6-cyl

  • 43,802 miles
The driver side power window master switch started to smoke, after starting my vehicle and pressing the switch to roll down my windows. I turned the vehicle off and my car filled with smoke. I immediately called the fire department. Once the fire department arrived my car was no longer smoking. The firefighters could not tell me what caused the smoke but stated it was not safe for me to drive the vehicle. They recommended I have my car towed to the dealership because there was a strong smell of melted electrical wires. I had my car towed to a Toyota dealership and they stated my master switch was shorting out and it was not covered under my warranty because my mileage was past 35,000 for electrical problems.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 242012


  • 70,453 miles
On August 24th, 2012, around 4:34pm, I was traveling in my 2007 Toyota Camry on ridge road in dayton NJ. All of a sudden I smell something like burning plastic, seconds later I observed smoke coming from the driver side power-window switch. I managed to pull over safely and as soon as I jumped out of the vehicle, a small flame appeared from the power window switch. While calling 911 for help, I managed to put the fire out with a gallon of tide detergent I have in my trunk before dayton fire department arrived. I am not sure if Toyota is aware of this problem and I don't where to lodge my complain. The is currently at dch collision center waiting for the insurance company to inspect.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 112012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 152,100 miles
On Saturday August 11 2012 I was driving about 25 mph then I smelled smoke, seconds later I saw smoke coming out of the driver side door by the power window switch. I pulled over and disconnected the battery then I took the door apart and observed the actual window switch melted. I disconnected the power window switch and was able to safely drive home safely and are currently waiting for tomorrow Monday as the Toyota dealer service department is not open on Sunday's. now im not able to open or close the windows but at least I prevented my car from catching on fire.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #6

May 282012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
My 2007 Camry door on fires when I drove on the street. Last evening (5-28-12)around 4:30pm. A lot smoke coming out from the driver side door and my power window master switch on the door burn out and broken immediately. I was so scary, then I parked my car on the streetside and I called puente hills Toyota for help (because I bought the car from them, ) I spoke to manager[xxx] regarding the incident but they said they can do nothing, the service dept was closed due to the holiday and they never heard about 2007 Toyota Camry door fires but I told them about complaints filed on the NHTSA according to la times and many other media. Toyota has responsibility to take care of my car without any charges due to the defect. My power window switch was damaged. It might cause my body injury and other damages..etc any time if Toyota don't take an action asap. Especially I have minor child in the car too (I drove my son to the school everyday.) information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rowland Hghts, CA, USA

problem #5

May 092012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 114,223 miles
Drivers side door power window switch began to smoke and burn with caustic fumes filling the cabin of the vehicle.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 082012


  • 148,996 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, a smoke odor came from the window control panel. The contact then poured water over the control panel to stop the panel from igniting into flames. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 148,996.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I just got in the car and was driving when I smelled something burning. It was at night so I could not see where it was coming from so I pulled over and noticed smoke was coming from the front left driver side door and even through the window switch. I turned around and went back home so I can turn the car off and let the smoke escape the car. It stopped smoking after awhile but now I cant use none of my windows except the driver side. The other switches are stuck they wont move seemed like that what was burning. This definitely needs to be investigated because with a car only 4 years old, this should not be happening. The car has been well maintained. Called Toyota and the main power window switch is 350, something that I should not be responsible for.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 312010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front driver's door caught on fire while driving. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and the dealer stated that the electronic circuits on the door caused the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 06/06/12

- Westminster , CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
I pulled the passenger side window up to close it, I did not see my friend's finger there, the glass cut the skin of the finger tip area and it was bleeding. I have tried myself and the glass pushed my finger very hard. A child finger bone can be broken easily. There is no safety on all the windows. This is very bad for kids or families.

- Vernon, CA, USA