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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,200 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.

2009 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 192010


  • 26,000 miles


-the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph in the reverse position. When pressure was applied to the brake pedal the vehicle stalled unexpectedly. The contact stated the failure experienced was associated with the recall defect under NHTSA campaign id number 09V338000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Power assist:vacuum ). the vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 26,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 152009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 25 mph in the snow and attempting to brake, the vehicle exhibited a longer stopping distance and time. The dealer advised there were no failures within the vehicle and there were no repairs performed on the vehicle. On a later date, the contact received notification of a recall on the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number 09V338000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Power assist: Vacuum). The vehicle was taken to the dealer for recall repairs. The contact stated the vehicle would continue to exhibit the failure when driving in snow or rainy weather conditions. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 25,000. Updated 06/29/10. Updated 09/13/10

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 152010


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact received a recall letter pertaining to the service brakes (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V338000, service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum) and took the vehicle into the dealer for the necessary repairs. Three weeks later, while driving at speeds of 25 mph the contact depressed the brakes due to the preceding vehicle utilizing its brakes. The brake pedal went down into the floor board and would not engage. He then crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle causing moderate damage to the preceding vehicle, which was a larger pickup truck. The police arrived to the scene and a report was filed. There were no injuries to any of the vehicle occupants. The dealer was contacted and referred her to the manufacturer for further assistance. The manufacturer was contacted, however they were not receiving any incoming calls. To date, she was awaiting a call back from the manufacturer. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were approximately 15,000.

- Huntington Beach , CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 042009


  • miles
2009 Toyota Corolla has a problem with the steering that caused the consumer to have an accident. The consumer stated after she made a right turn, the vehicle continued to veer on its own to the right. The consumer tried to steer the vehicle, but it seemed as though the steering wheel was locked. She attempted to apply the brakes, but to no avail. The consumer was traveling approximately 15-20 mph when the vehicle went down a cliff approximately 25-20 feet deep, hitting a tree and a fence before the vehicle came to a complete stop. The consumer and her 2 passengers were injured. The consumer stated there was a recall regarding the brake system, however she was told nothing abnormal was found with the vehicle.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 292009


  • miles
Toyota motor North America, Inc. Is has issued a recall for the model year 2008-2009 Scion xd and 2009-2010 Corolla, Corolla matrix, and Pontiac vibe vehicles equipped with a 1.8L engine and originally sold in or currently registered in certain states. My concern is for those like myself who purchased the vehicle and or has the vehicle registered in a state that is not part of the recall. What if I drive the vehicle to a state listed in the recall. Also, under harsh conditions certain parts of my state can have these ¿low ambient temperatures¿. according to the NHTSA campaign id number 09V338000, the consequence of this defect is that ¿this could lead to an increase in vehicle stopping distance and a crash could occur¿. a summary of the defect is ¿when driving under certain unique conditions in extremely low ambient temperatures, the intake manifold suction port for the brake vacuum can become locked due to the freezing of condensation resulting from positive crankcase ventilation¿. the remedy is ¿dealers will install a newly designed intake air connector which will relocate the brake system vacuum port. In summary, it would seem logical to me that Toyota would fix this issue for all vehicles affected by the recall, not just based upon location of purchase and or registration. This appears to be a cost savings measure versus actually being concerned about its customer's safety. What corrective actions can be taken?

- San Ramon, CA, USA

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