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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,227 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 222009


  • 88,047 miles


On September 22, 2009 my 2002 Toyota Corolla ce suddenly accelerated into my garage wall causing the car to be totaled (loss of over 7,000) per farmers insurance. [xxx] at that time was unaware of any issues with Toyota's - the floor mat situation was just coming out. I reported this to Toyota on 10/2/09 incident [xxx]and they had said there were no problems reported on the 2002 Corolla's. I did repurchased a new 2010 and now with all the issues I feel unsafe when driving this car but am left like many others stuck with it. Toyota had a good reputation and I wish this problem would be resolved. Just wanted to let you know so this will somehow help in the ongoing search for an answer. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 052002


  • 1,000 miles
2002 Toyota Corolla le acceleration pedal: --occasionally, but rarely, appears to stick momentarily (a sensation like a spring that has temporarily stuck and then sprung loose). I took it into my Toyota dealer but they said there was nothing wrong that they could detect. Therefore nothing has been done to correct the mystery. The sticking/springing sensation still occasionally occurs but it is very hard to predict when it will. --it seems to happen shortly after starting up. I am concerned because I do not want the acceleration problems that have occurred with other Toyota. The date of the first incident, listed below (Mar 5, 2002), is approximate. The vehicle was purchased Oct. 2001.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 152010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. While driving into a parking space under 5 mph with her foot on the brake pedal, the vehicle started to accelerate. The contact stated that the rpms had increased excessively. The contact also crashed into a snow bank. The failure mileage was 98,000. The current mileage was 99,000. Updated 3/24/10 updated 07/27/10

- Palmer, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 182009


  • 95,000 miles


We have a 2002 model Toyota Corolla le. In three instances the car sped up. The car also leaps forward once in a while.

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #5

Oct 122006


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving the vehicle 50mph using the cruise control she attempted to stop the vehicle and noticed that the brakes were late to engage causing the vehicle to fish tail and crash into a mail box post. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 60000.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 102006


  • 25,000 miles
My wife was driving a Toyota Corolla normally when she suddenly found that she could not reduce speed and to control the car. The car went far off the road and hit a post. There were no other vehicles around or involved; it was day time; there were no external factors that affected the road condition, such as snow or rain. My wife was (and is) in good health, she was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs (nor does she drink alcohol or use drugs); she has a flawless driving record, and she has never received tickets or gotten into any other accidents since she has gotten her drivers license about 15 years ago.

- Topsfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 202005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


Was parking car in garage and car surged over parking barrier before I could apply brakes.when foot finally pressed on brake engine raced, and I regained control by shlifting into neutral. Air bags did not deploy. Distance traveled approximately 5 feet.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 102003


  • miles
While sitting at a traffic light with foot on the brakes vehicle suddenly accelerated and rearended another vehicle. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer for analysis. Mechanic replaced brake rotors and other brake parts.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 122001

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 75 mph on cruise control and without any indication gas pedal traveled to floorboard, causing vehicle to accelerate to 100 mph. Consumer pushed clutch to stop vehicle, vehicle was still idling high after vehicle was stopped. The consumer stated that the problem was the accelerator jammed open and turning off. Also, the cruise control would not return engine to normal idling.

- Fountain Hill, AZ, USA

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