Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: There must have been something in the water at the plant where they built the eighth generation Corollas, especially the 1998 and 1999 model years.

Outside of airbag problems being reported to NHTSA, this is about as dependable a car as you’ll find. But good luck finding one; owners say they want a new car, but can’t justify trading in their Corolla because the darn thing just keeps rolling.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 292001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


After being cut off by another vehicleit hit front driver's side of car, and side door panel of second car at 30mph. Upon impact, neither front nor side air bags deployed.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 272000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While waiting to make a left turn, vehicle was hit on driver's side door, and there was no deployment of side air bags. Vehicle has been reparied. Consumer was injured in accident.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 011998


  • miles
Outside door trim. Passenger side airbag.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 071998


  • miles
The other vehicle was traveling at a speed of approx. 35 mph, hit the door on the driver's side, and the air bag did not deploy.

- Hamburg, AR, USA

problem #1

Oct 071998


  • miles
Driver was hit on the driver's side at a considerable speed in such that the door was bent away from the frame of the vehicle, the side airbag did not deploy, and driver sustained injuries to the neck and left shoulder (strained muscles and ligaments).829522 dup of 781500; posted on 09-07-1999.

- Hamburg, AR, USA

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