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.

CarComplaints.com 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 safercar.gov (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.

CarComplaints.com typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,505 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

problem #8

Apr 172011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 48,486 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My daughter had a frontal collision while driving through an intersection at approximately 30 mph. Our 2008 Toyota Corolla S struck another vehicle on its front left fender. Our 2008 Corolla sustained major frontal damages, including the disintegration of the bumper, damage to the hood, both fenders, radiator, etc. The front stabilizer bar was ripped off the chassis. During the impact, the seat belts locked, however, the front air bags never deployed!! the car was taken back to East coast Toyota, rt. 17, wood-ridge, NJ where the car was purchased on Feb. 22, 2011 as a "certified used vehicle." We complained about the faulty air bags & that they did not deploy in a frontal crash of 30 mph. The GM of the dealership & GM of the service department kept the vehicle for inspection & to have a Toyota Corp. Rep. Look at the car to determine why the front air bags did not deploy. The dealership attempted to tell us that the airbags should only deploy during a front impact, but the car did in fact sustain heavy damages do to the impact but the airbags did not deploy. The impact was so great that the steel stabilizer bar was completely ripped off. That alone should have triggered the airbags to deploy. The car is currently not drivable due to the numerous damage sustained to the front end, motor, radiator & other parts. We are waiting to hear from the dealer, my insurance adjuster & Toyota to find out why this important safety feature did not work as it was designed to.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 172011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 48,486 miles
My daughter had a frontal collision while driving through an intersection at approximately 30 mph. Our 2008 Toyota Corolla S struck another vehicle on its front left fender. Our 2008 Corolla sustained major frontal damages, including the disintegration of the bumper, damage to the hood, both fenders, radiator, etc. The front stabilizer bar was ripped off the chassis. During the impact, the seat belts locked, however, the front air bags never deployed!! the car was taken back to East coast Toyota, rt. 17, wood-ridge, NJ where the car was purchased on Feb. 22, 2011 as a "certified used vehicle." We complained about the faulty air bags & that they did not deploy in a frontal crash of 30 mph. The GM of the dealership & GM of the service department kept the vehicle for inspection & to have a Toyota Corp. Rep. Look at the car to determine why the front air bags did not deploy. The dealership attempted to tell us that the airbags should only deploy during a front impact, but the car did in fact sustain heavy damages do to the impact but the airbags did not deploy. The impact was so great that the steel stabilizer bar was completely ripped off. That alone should have triggered the airbags to deploy. The car is currently not drivable due to the numerous damage sustained to the front end, motor, radiator & other parts. We are waiting to hear from the dealer, my insurance adjuster & Toyota to find out why this important safety feature did not work as it was designed to.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 192011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,000 miles
While driving my 2008 Toyota Corolla le at 55 mph, I encountered a deer and was involved in a collision with the animal, on Saturday, February 19th, 2011. The collision totaled the vehicle, resulting in nearly 11K dollars in damage. The driver's side airbag during the accident became dislodged from the steering wheel, and fell out into my lap. The two torque screws used to hold it in the steering wheel assembly failed to function properly. I reported the incident to Toyota's complaint department and filed a formal grievance. A factory representative came out to see the vehicle and inspect the screws, and said that they are not at fault and that the problem "had to be my fault" after comparing my vehicle to other Toyota Corolla vehicles, stating that I or someone else "had to of removed the airbag at some time during the vehicle's life". I purchased the vehicle used in January, 2011 from a reputable dealer and received a vehicle history. At no time was the airbag reported to have been deployed or serviced, and the screws require a specialized torque screwdriver to remove. At the time of the accident, I had owned the vehicle only a month, and had not driven it more than three times, as I own another primary vehicle. This is a serious safety defect, and I have several witness statements showing that the airbag assembly was not properly secured. Had the airbag deployed while in my lap, I could have been killed or seriously injured. The entire airbag assembly, carriage, charge, and wires came out of the steering wheel itself. Updated 05/26/11 updated 06/06/11

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 282010

Corolla

  • 26,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving 35 mph and attempting a left turn when a vehicle crashed into the front of the contacts vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted in regards to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 26,000.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 052010

Corolla

  • 35,000 miles
Our daughter was involved in a front end collision with another vehicle that ran a stop sign. Both vehicles were traveling approximately 20-25 mph when impact occurred. My daughter's car was totaled due to front end/engine damage. The air bags (both) did not deploy. Why" the impact was great enough to cause bruises, soreness and a busted lip. What happened to the airbags"

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

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problem #3

Nov 102009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
S10 appropriate handling-memo to the secretary from -petition for an investigation into Toyota's safety system failures (full document not imaged) the consumer hit a large dear and the air bags failed to deploy. The consumer stated as he saw the deer, he immediately removed his foot from the accelerator to slow down, but the vehicle did not respond, so he tried to maintain the speed he had been driving. The consumer applied both feet to the brake pedal in an effort to stop the vehicle, but it was too late. Prior to the accident, the catalytic converter failed. The dealer stated a sensor was stuck which caused it to fail.

- Wiscasset, ME, USA

problem #2

Feb 162010

Corolla

  • 59,069 miles
Driving on my way to work was involved in a crash in which my brakes did not come to a complete stop, causing me to crash in to a car in front of me.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 092010

Corolla

  • 13,000 miles
I backed my 2008 Toyota Corolla out of my garage, with the steering wheel turned left. I used the remote control to close the garage door. I put my foot on the brake and put the car in drive, intending to pull forward and to the right up the drive. I gently gave the car some gas, but the car accelerated suddenly before I could turn the wheel. As a result, the unstoppable car shot off the driveway and down a slope where I crashed head on into a tree. The airbags failed to deploy.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

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