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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,143 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 #7

Jul 062015


  • 250,000 miles


Vehicle involved in a front end crash. The seat/shoulder belt did not lock and the air bag did not deploy

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 162015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that both the driver and the passenger side seat belts would not retract after being utilized. In addition, the passenger side seat belt failed to retract at all. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 185,000. Updated 4/30/15 the consumer stated the seat belts were replaced. The consumer stated the reason the seat belt failure, was because prior to purchasing the vehicle, it was in an accident; updated 05/07/15

- Rushsylvania , OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 012012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The seat belt will not stay locked into the seat belt latch.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 282010

(reported on)

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles


1998 Toyota Corolla. Consumer states seat belt defective. Several years ago, the seat belt began fraying as a result of being scraped by the seat belt buckle mechanism as it slid through the slot. The seat belt has lost about one-third of its width. The defect appears to be the slot in the seat belt mechanism. So, merely replacing the seat belt wouldn't solve the problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 072006

(reported on)


  • 91,000 miles
1998 Toyota Corolla's driver side seat belt failed at the latch area where it hooks in. The trunk lock broke inside the cylinder and the drivers side door handle broke inside. The seat belt warning light illuminated and flashed although all the occupants had their seat belts buckled.

- South Royalton, VT, USA

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problem #2

Mar 112004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The seat belt indicator light illuminated. The independent mechanic determined that the seat belt sensor may have malfunctioned and caused the light to illuminate.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon being hit by another vehicle on passenger side, the driver side shoulder harness bolt pulled out causing the driver to be thrown about.

- Scottdale, AZ, USA

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