2003 Toyota Camry Surge problems = totaled car!

In April 2012, our 2003 Toyota Camry surged into a parked van while I was attempting to park behind the van.I had to move up maybe 2 feet (while 5-6 feet) behind the van when the car surged forward when I hit the accelerator from a dead stop.

It did some minor damage to the bumper of the van, but in instinctively turning left, away from the van when the Camry surged the center/passenger side front of the Camry was damaged. It did some extensive damage to the front and passenger side body of the car, but even more damage under the hood, resulting in over $8,000 in damage. My insurance totaled out the car!

I called the local dealer service department to ask if they were aware of any surge problems, and of course they said no.

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Jul 03, 2014 #835272 Brandy Station, Virginia

GM and Toyota are cut from the same cloth! Bob Hilliard along with Trudy Baltazar and others were instrumental in freeing imprisoned Koua Fong Lee, Toyota owner whose Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed, killing several members of one family. Koua Fong Lee served four years of his eight year sentence after he was wrongfully convicted. He missed the birth of one of his children. He is so honest that he refused to cut a deal by admitting fault.
Toyota did NOTHING. Unfortunately, Koua Fong Lee is far from alone. An embedded software expert. Michael Barr, has found the ECTS-i in Toyota and Lexus vehicles has poorly designed software and glitches can lead to an ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration with an ineffective fail-safe. Translation: a runaway Toyota with ineffective brakes. Problem? Mr. Barr's 300-page report is court-sealed. It was a big part of the Oklahoma Bookout vs. Toyota SUA case won by the 2005 Toyota Camry owner.
Toyota and Lexus vehicles continue to violently accelerate from parking lots and stopped positions and crash into storefronts, buildings, and homes where deaths have resulted. Jail time has been served. Lives have been forever changed. Vehicle owners continue to complain to Toyota but Toyota says the vehicles are fine...no traceable problem found. BUT...does Toyota know the truth and is it keeping it secret?
No public corporate response has been given to Toyota whistleblower and translator, Betsy Benjaminson's publicly-disclosed Toyota
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Jul 03, 2014 #835257 Brandy Station, Virginia

Singer/songwriter, Kris Kitko did an AWESOME job on her YouTube video directed at Toyota regarding her own real world experience with Toyota SUA, sudden unintended acceleration. With her satirical approach, she completely destroyed the Toyota and NHTSA myth about SUA, namely “pedal misapplication” by drivers. Unfortunately, Kris Kitko’s YouTube video is no longer available for viewing online.
In the wake of the NHTSA/DOJ $1.2 BILLION settlement following a CRIMINAL investigation, Kris should be encouraged to use her finely-honed musical skills to do a sequel to her first Toyota SUA YouTube video. The U.S. Federal Government allowed Toyota “deferred prosecution” in this settlement provided it follow the steps outlined in the terms of the agreement. No one…not one single Toyota executive…is going to serve any prison time for knowingly withholding evidence that could have saved many lives and ensured public safety on the roads.Toyota ADMITTED that it LIED to both the Toyota customers and the government.
Michael Barr, renowned embedded systems expert, after studying Toyota’s ETCS-I far longer than NASA did, found the existence of faults in the software which could lead to a real-world, potentially-catastrophic SUA event with a number of potentially ineffective failsafes. Imagine flying down the road in a Toyota with no functioning brake override to exit a software task-death! Isn’t that a bit like being on a high-speed roller coaster and having the track fail to keep you
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Jun 04, 2012 #490775

Absolutely no affirmation from Toyota regarding a surge issue. My 2003 Toyota Camry that was in immaculate condition, with just over $90K miles is a TOTAL LOSS! We bought a Honda to say the least. Toyota for now is no longer on the top of my list for new car purchases. :sigh

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