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: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2008 Corolla. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2008 Corolla is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models have an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where now the NHTSA data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Toyota acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2008 Corolla, our data for the Corolla is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Corolla's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
22 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,355 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.

2008 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #16

Jan 142014


  • miles


I was driving on second lane going East @ a speed 40 or 45 and a second driver came from East into my lane no air bag on my company car

- Mission, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 212013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Corolla le, driven by 5'2" female, approximately 125-130 lbs. Vehicle was involved in a driver's side, offset, frontal impact crash while traveling at ~30 mph. Other vehicle made left turn in front of the Corolla. The driver's airbag deployed. The driver's side airbag did not deploy. The driver was wearing her seat belt, which locked on impact. The driver sustained a flexion-distraction fracture of her cervical spine and is now quadriplegic. The vehicle was totaled and not repaired.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #14

Oct 192009


  • miles
While driving at approximately 40-45 mph I crashed into a tree. While the vehicle sustained $8000 in damages, the air bags did not deploy.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 042013


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, she crashed into a concrete pole. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the head, shoulders and back. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for the body repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that a representative would call the contact within twenty four hours. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 182013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, a sudden traffic jam caused the contact to crash into another vehicle and a guard rail. The air bags failed to deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries. The contact stated that there was a police report filed but there were no injuries reported. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 12/23/13

- Oakland, CA, USA

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problem #11

Jun 142013


  • 75,000 miles
Head on crash at approx. 25-35 mph totaled the vehicle and the front air bags did not deploy.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #10

Dec 272012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


I had an accident last December 27, 2012. I was driving 40-45 mph on a two-way street and hit a large sized donkey. There were at least 5 or 6 big donkeys on the road that showed up from nowhere. My airbags did not deploy. My windshield was damage. The front side of the car was damaged and the inside parts too.. the car was a total wreck. The mileage on the car was at least 130, 000 miles. I got bruises and some cuts on my hands. It was very traumatic and scary. Thinking that airbags will protect me during a crash but it failed. I can send a picture of my damaged car if requested.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #9

May 032013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that she crashed into the rear of another vehicle while driving approximately 40 mph. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The contact sustained bruising to her chest and stomach. The front passenger was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was treated for a fractured breast bone. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000...updated 07-17-13

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #8

May 092013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 5,111 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact was traveling at unknown speeds and crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained chest injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. Updated 07/09/2013 updated 07/15/2013

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 082013


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, she was involved in a head on collision and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact mentioned that the seat belt failed to retract causing her to go slide forward and hit her head on the steering wheel. A police report was filed. The contact sustained minor bruises. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure and deemed the vehicle destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 37,000.

- Madison , MS, USA

problem #6

Jun 272012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


Airbag light on dashboard came on while sitting in traffic. There was no accident or incident. I took it to my mechanic and was told that oem spiral cable to the SRS bag wasn't operational and wouldn't deploy in an accident and could potentially blow out.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #5

Dec 092011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 60,090 miles
I was driving 40 mph on state route 315 South. Cars in front of me stopped for a jack-knifed truck. I hit my brakes and slid on black ice. I slid 50 yards into the rear of another vehicle. My front in was smashed in, bending the radiator and frame, causing the hood to crumple and the side panels to jam the front doors shut. My head snapped forward and hit my chest upon impact, and then snapped back against the headrest. My car is totaled from this, and the airbags did not deploy. The collision impacted the entirety of the front of my vehicle.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 252010


  • 75,607 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While driving at 50 mph, a preceding vehicle abruptly stopped and the contact crashed into the back of the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained moderate injuries to her neck and shoulders. The vehicle sustained substantial front end damages. The vehicle was driven to the contact's home and parked. The vehicle had not been repaired or taken to the dealer for a diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 75,607. Updated 10/27/10.

- City Of Colton, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 162010


  • 11,500 miles
I was decelerating with my right foot on the brake to stop at a red light. There was a car ahead of me at the light, and as I pulled up behind it, I put my right foot on the brake to come to a complete stop. When I hit brakes, I found that the car was not stopping and that the car was accelerating. I put both feet on the brake, and pulled the emergency brake but the car continued to accelerate until it ended up pushing on the car ahead of me. I did everything I could think of to stop the car, but was unable to do so until I turned the key off. As far as I know, there were no injuries, air bags didn't deploy, no tickets were issued and the bumpers of both cars were not dented, but had very deep scrapes on them. The mat was hooked at the time and was not involved and I didn't touch the gas. I had my husband follow me to my dealership, where I asked them to inspect the car and let me know if it was safe to drive. They refused to inspect it and referred me to my insurance company. I did that, but I also talked to Toyota's service line in California and they said the best they could do was arrange for an inspection with results in appx 74 days. My insurance company had an independent inspection, but all he told me was that my accelerator was not "cable". the Toyota company told me I could go ahead and have the body work done as long as the repairs did not have anything to do with the brake or the ignition. Police were called at the scene, but did not meet with us.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 172009


  • 31,000 miles
Had a car accident. My 08 Toyota Corolla flipped and spun. The airbags did not deploy. The seatbelt latch got broken.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 252008

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 6,660 miles
My son was involved in a head-on collision where the front air bags did not deploy. He was driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla le. Attempts to contact Toyota have been answered with condescension.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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