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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,003 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.

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2009 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 102010


  • miles


I have contacted Toyota headquarters for more than 13 times regarding the faulty brake system of my new Toyota Corolla, 2009. I didn't get actual results. This new car is driven by my child. I don't want my child in a dangerous situation. I don't want lose my hard earned money for the faulty vehicle. I will only be satisfied if the Toyota headquarter authorize the nearest dealer to replace my current Toyota Corolla with a new Toyota Corolla in free of cost. For this written documentation should be mailed authorizing nearest Toyota dealer to replace with new Toyota Corolla.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #13

Nov 102008


  • 200 miles
Trying to make a U turn out of a parking lot, car straghtened itself out and sped up brakes did not work and we went over a curb and down an embankment and hit a tree. This only occured once. We had over $4000 in damageson a car with less than 200 miles on the speedometer.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 072010


  • 18,170 miles
I was driving in a parking lot on the main driveway leading out of parking lot. I was stuck by a truck in the rear passenger side. The other drivers truck struck my back wheel taking most of the impact. Wheel physically looks straight and does not show any wobble when watching it drive. No airbags deployed yet I could not steer or brake my vehicle. Almost as if everything froze when I was impacted. Vehicles power was still on but nothing worked after impact. I ended up crashing into shopping carts and curb after impact because I could not stop. This could have been a disaster if I was not in a parking lot. I would be dead if this was on a highway.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 072010


  • 31,786 miles


On, March 7, 2010 around 6:30pm, going on the highway, without any warning. The 2009 Toyota Corolla model le, went totally out of control. I was on the far right lane, heading from toa baja to mayaguez on pr-22. Reaching arecibo, by highway mark (km 74.2) the car steering went totally to the left and in fractions of seconds my car invaded the left lane doing a 180 degree turn, had cars coming my way and just when I tough the other car was going to hit me. The steering on the car went completely the opposite direction and the car rolled again and I was going over the green area crazy fast. No control, spinning again over the grass area on the middle of the highway, heading right into the opposite side of the highway, cars coming at 65 mph or more. Then the car hit a street sign that changed the car trajectory and then came to a stop on the green area on the middle of the highway. The car ended all covered on grass, mud and impacted by the street sign that possibly prevented my car from invading the lanes on the opposite direction on the highway after the Toyota Corolla steered violently and uncontrollable seconds before. I have to say, this was an extreme situation that for who knows reason, all happened in a split second without warning and all the violent extreme movements happened without my car impacting other cars on the highway, but clearly I was very lucky. At the moment of the incident, a passenger was with me in the car and then can confirm has witness of the extreme car experience we endured.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #10

Feb 242010


  • 11,483 miles
Was exiting the 73 freeway on birch going 70mph approaching irvine ave tried multiple times to slow car down was unable to it was as if brakes were not being applied. As I got closer and closer to right turn and still unable to slow down or stop pulled the emergency brake and put the car into park which slowed the car.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 162008


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 60 miles per hour, the contact applied the brakes and noticed a grinding noise. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. The contact attempted to speak with the manufacturer but had not received a call back. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 5. the current mileage was 24,688.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #8

Feb 182010


  • 21,000 miles


While driving my 2009 Toyota Corolla is slow moving traffic, maybe 20mph I was braking and realized that I was getting close to the Toyota Tundra in front of me. And it frightened me because I almost hit the truck. I had to press my brake pedal all the way to the floor it didn't seem like it was grabbing and it made an awful noise and I stopped just shy of hitting the Tundra. I made a call to Toyota last year but I wasn't one of the states that they considered to get ambient low temperatures. Well we got into the low 20's and teens many of nights and last night was in the 30's with frost on the car. How cold does it have to be? I have had my washer fluid freeze up a few times.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #7

Dec 132009


  • miles
Few problems with my Corolla 09. Power steering problems, feels very loose and turns by itself sometimes, luckily so far no accidents but is a real issue. Brakes makes a noise when reversing or sometimes going forward, I have told the dealer about both issues, but so far they says it's up to Toyota standards.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 162009


  • 17,000 miles
The brake is not working properly when your stop in a red light or waiting in drive thru restaurant you have to push really hard the brake that way the car not move if you don't do that the car start move forward very slow you don't feel when start moving I hit other car was in front of me in the drive thru at mcdonalds restaurant.

- Grandville, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 312010


  • 8,900 miles
While driving our 2009 Toyota Corolla on a slick, snow-covered roadway, a vehicle in front of my wife stopped rather quickly. She was traveling about 15-20 miles per hour, upon braking, the anti-lock brakes kicked in and seemed to completely disengage the brakes. The anti-lock brakes fired slowly, the pedal strongly resisted being pressed and the car kept on going, she had to swerve into a gas station to avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of her. Two days later, it snowed again, and I was able to reproduce the problem on our street. Driving at a speed of 20-25 mph, I quickly applied the brakes and experienced the same resistance to pressing of the brakes, the same slow firing of the anti-lock system, and the same feeling of complete disengagement of the brakes. The car took nearly 120 feet to stop (this is a very gross estimate based on property sizes). After this experience, we tested the brakes on our Toyota rav 4 on the same road and got significantly better performance - the vehicle stopped in less than 60 feet (again, gross estimate) and did not exhibit the resistance to pressing or the slow firing of the ABS. Upon taking the vehicle to a dealer, we were informed that everything tested fine and there was no problem and nothing to fix. The problem recurred again in similar conditions two days later. The dealer has offered to allow us to bring the car in on a day when a rep from Toyota will be present, but I feel that they do not believe us, and am not optimistic that they will be able to diagnose the cause.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 192009


  • 1,000 miles


The 2009 Toyota Corolla I have has the similar brake problem like the prius, the car does not slow down at first when the brake was pressed, there is always a delay that causes a longer stop distance.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 172010


  • 12,500 miles
This is for a 2009 Toyota Corolla le. Sometimes, after I hit the brakes, the car seems to stop gradually and the front wheels tend to shake heavily. (almost seems like the wheels are going to fall off). I took it to the dealer and they said that it could have been the ABS kicking in. I am still not satisfied by the dealers remedy. They basically did nothing. The problem happens mostly on wet surfaces and light snow. But because of that, every time I hit the brakes, I have to pray the car to stop.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 092009


  • miles
I brought my Corolla 2009 in Nov 2008. In Feb 2009 I took it to lansing, mi dealer saying brakes went down to the floor. I had hard time to stop my car. They send me back saying nothing is wrong. There was a brake recall few months later. I am again facing the same problem. I avoided banging my car twice. I took my car to Toyota dealer. The service personnel instead of looking for problem said he can't help me put on the brakes as it winter. I told them I want to talk to his service manager. The service manager assured me that he will check the problem. The rear brakes were not aligned properly. Frankly I can't trust that car. I feel that cars 2 basic functionalities went wrong. 1. brake 2. gas pedal. If Toyota can't get 2 basic things right they should stop making cars.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 272008


  • 4,000 miles
I was driving straight on the mass pike in framingham, MA, and my car began to lose control. I neither hit anything nor did I lose control of the car. The brakes stopped working and I could not turn the steering wheel. This resulted in my car swerving out of control, hitting the barrier and flipping over. My car landed directly on top of 2 of the 6 air bags I have in my car, and not one airbag deployed after barrel rolling my car. My car is now totaled and I am undergoing physical therapy for severe whiplash to my back and neck. My insurance company has considered the accident a human error, yet I did nothing to cause the accident. My friend who has been a car mechanic for over 20 years feels that it was a mechanical flaw on the vehicle, and does not see how the accident could have been caused by me. I would like to talk to someone regarding a possible manufacturer's error on my new but totaled 09 Toyota Corolla.

- Watertown, MA, USA

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