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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,281 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 022009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


In 2009 I was involved in a major car accident. I hit my head and became unconscious and my airbags deployed when I regained consciousness. I was admitted to the hospital I had a gash on my forehead. When I touched my left eyebrow it felt like I had pieces of glass in there. But now with the recalls of the airbags, I wondered if it was metal fragments, schrapral that is still in my left eyebrow. Would you please recall my vehicle so I could have my airbags replaced. When I regained consciousness I saw dirt and other stuff powder coming out of my drivers airbag. Please look into this matter and email me back at [xxx] thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oakland Gardens, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 182015


  • 94,000 miles
Driver air bag came out N burned my arm actually both did by I had no passanger tho it broke windshield, anyway it's been ten days my skin is raw severe pain no signs of getting better the bruiseb goes all way around whole bk of arm I am goin bk to drs. As I've been caring for it w clean non stick pads N hv to apply triple antibiotic ointment literally a 13$ tube lasts two days I then wrap N at nite let air get it.there is no sign of healing burnt thru all layers of skin to now it is raw to the meat the pain is crazy U wud xpect so sort of relief after way ten days I am going to further my research.way chemicals are in these airbags that's way I want to know.

- East Htfd, CT, USA

problem #10

Apr 222008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
On 4/22/2008 [xxx], the owner of a pt.cruiser, hit my Toyota head on after crossing the center lane and was driving 35 mph, while I was almost stopped on falling water drive in Eagle river.. it flattened the right front and later left front tire, and bumper and quarter panels on the left. I felt like I had an electric shock to my spine the drivers side airbag did not deploy and my seat belt was on., I couldn't lift the compact spare tire to change the flat without my neck hurting. I had chiropractic treatment but my neck was still sore. A year later I went to my gp dr. Barnes and he ordered an mri. The mri showed blown discs and /dr. Barnes ordered pt. Pt. unsuccessful and went to neurosurgeon dr. Kralick. Who suggested posterior cervical. Laminectomy and spinal Fusion C-3-C7 and had same 4-7-2010. Unfortunately I developed seroma and abscess at prov. Hospital. I coded blue twice. I had massive disability and was almost paralyzed by the infection. I had massive rehab and med expenses in excess of $500,000 I am still recovering 4 years later and have to tqke flexiril and perkaset for pain. I have profound neuropathy in my feet and hands cramping in my left hip, knee and calf and sharp pain at the site of the incision. If the airbag had deployed as it should, I would not have been hurt so badly in my spine..

- Eagle River, Ak 99577, AK, USA

problem #9

May 262002

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles


Car was totaled in front end collision. Air bags deployed. It is my understanding certain Toyota of this year had issues with air bag propellent and minute fragments of shrapnel being propelled during deployment. Since the car was totalled, I would like information on any recalls regarding type of air bag propellent used in this model and any other recalls regarding the air bag issues if any.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 282013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 165,268 miles
My 20yo daughter was at a stop light completely stopped. Light turned green, everyone started to go, she took her foot off the brake rolled into the car in front of her, tapped the car and her airbags went off, broke her jaw, dislocated her jaw, broke 5 teeth in the back, and lacerated her lip. Luckily no one was in the passengers side. She had her seatbelt on, her windshield was shattered by the airbags, no damage to any other part of the vehicle. She had to have surgery, and her jaw wired shut for 4-6 weeks now. She will have to have root canals and caps put on her teeth after her jaw heals. She did go unconscious at impact. Luckily she had braces before and had a retainer bracket on her lower teeth which the oral surgeon said saved her teeth below or they would have all been out. I was so shocked that just a tap of the bumper in front could cause the airbags to go off and cause so much damage to someone's face. She is a full time student and has two part time jobs, so she will be out for a few weeks. Updated 3/32/13

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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problem #7

Jul 022012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
My husband was driving on the highway. He was driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla. The truck in front of him was going slow-so he decided to pass the guy. As he was doing so-the truck turned left. My husband hit him head-on and then the car rolled onto its top. Never did the airbags go off. Fortunately he had his seatbelt on. He was taken by ambulance to hospital. The most damage he received was his left hand and arm were badly injured. He still has to have surgery this next week. Why didn't the airbag deploy?

- Dakota City, IA, USA

problem #6

Sep 112005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles


Auto accident where car was totaled and air bag did not deploy.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #5

May 072004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,600 miles
1. V1(other party) was eastbound on U.S. hwy 80 turning North into walmart parking lot. V2 (myself) was westbound on U.S. hwy 80 going through the intersection of U.S. 80 and belvedere dr.,V2 (myself) then colided with with the passenger side of V1(other party) who failed to yield a right of way.V1 and V2 came to final rest approximatly 3 ft North of initial estimated speed before impact was 45 mph and had only seconds to hit the brakes. My car suffered severe frontal damage. 2. the driver or passenger airbags in my car did not deploy leading to unecessary injury to the driver(myself) and severe injury to the passenger(my mother). 3. nothing was done to correct the failure.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #4

Apr 192003


  • miles
While driving 55 mph the vehicle hit a barricade wall yet the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was also in a similar accident when the vehicle was first purchased and the air bags did not deploy.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 272002


  • miles
The air bags did not deploy on impact. The consumer request a refund from the dealer. Scc

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #2

Oct 082001


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #1

Jun 222001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While backing out of a parking space consumer noticed a noise. Depressed brakes and noise got louder. Then vehicle acclerated, causing vehicle to run into wall. Consumer states that the acceleration took place while she was switching into drive from reverse, even though brake was pressed, vehicle continued to move, airbags deployed causing the windshield to break, consumer was slightly bruised and bumped due to deployment of the airbags.

- Severn, MD, USA

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