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Crashes / Fires:
26 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
20 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,322 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #34

May 172014


  • 96,100 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the air bag warning lights illuminated intermittently. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V168000 (air bags) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- North Babylon, NY, USA

problem #33

Apr 142014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
After the air bag warning light turned on, I was notified that I had to replace the spiral assembly in the driver's side air bag. Almost immediately after replacing, Toyota announced a recall for this specific part in 2009 Corollas, but are claiming that my 2009 Corolla is not included in the recall.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #32

Apr 162014


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the vehicle was traveling approximately 40 mph when the power steering suddenly malfunctioned, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The front passenger suffered neck and shoulder injuries and was treated at the hospital. A police report was taken at the scene. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Ownings Mills, MD, USA

problem #31

Apr 112014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


The airbag light in our 2009 Toyota Corolla (idiot light) came on. When we inquired with the dealer, colonial Toyota in Lincoln, ri ( told us that it will be covered in the most recent recall but they are not covering it yet. They refuse to fix the airbag until they can be reimbursed for it. According to Toyota corporate, this will be September 2014. I find this unacceptable as we now have a vehicle without an airbag. Nor could we sell the vehicle as it would not pass inspection.

- North Smithfield, RI, USA

problem #30

Apr 012013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated sporadically on multiple occasions for an extended period of time. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where it was diagnosed that the main module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The diagnostic also indicated that the steering wheel module needed to be repaired. The steering wheel module was replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60000. Updated 05/28/14

- Saint Marys, OH, USA

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problem #29

Mar 212014


  • 117,000 miles
I am writing to see if my car's make/model/year should be included in the recent recall of 2003-2004 Toyota and Lexus cars, relating to inadvertent airbag deployment. About a week ago my airbag warning light came on and hasn't gone off since. After reading about these other model recalls today, and having had 6 other recalls performed on my car due to poor manufacturing, I think it is something the NHTSA should look into. I have contacted the Toyota customer service line but was told that for now, my car isn't included in the recall.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #28

Jan 122014


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 79,000 and the current mileage was 79,100.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #27

Dec 212013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Safety belt warning light came on for last 2 days and turned off today Dec 23, 2013.

- St. Helens, OR, USA

problem #26

Jul 102013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 67,890 miles
The spiral cable sub-assy airbag clock spring, (part of air bag assembly in steering wheel) will not work. Resulting in lack of air bag deployment in critical situations. Light will activate in dashboard, indicating the air bag is non functional. This vehicle has never been in any major car incident with the exception of some minor bumper scratches and the air bags have never been deployed. I took the vehicle to a Toyota dealer and there computer diagnostic report provided several codes with this malfunction, considering the function of this part as a protection against personal driver or passenger injuries. The deployment or lack of deployment in any unexpected event can cause a major accident in driving condition.resulting in personal injury due to manufactures defect of this part.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #25

Nov 012013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 93,189 miles
My daughter was driving West bound on I20 between exit 189 and 190 on 11/1 when the car accelerated and hydroplane. My daughter was given permission to use my car on this date, the condition was rainy and low visibility. She took feet off gas and proceeded to brake when the car accelerated. As she put her feet on brakes she lost control and crash in guard rail. In the meantime I have checked the data base and there are two recalls on this vehicle. One involved acceleration. The dealer should have had these recalls done before the car was sold which could have helped to prevent the acceleration. Someone should be held liable other than the consumer for this mishap. I need to know what is the next step as a consumer. Also the air bag did not disengaged. I called the dealership and spoke with [xxx] on 11/6 who confirmed that there are still two recalls on this car and she asked when did I want to bring the vehicle in. Why was this not done before purchase. I also spent $2800 on an extended powertrain warranty through the dealership. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I noticed the air bag light was on. A Toyota dealership told me it was the spiral cable in the steering column. A direct quote from the invoice says, "upon inspection found code (B1801-1831-1836) will need to start with replacing spiral cable first may need further diag--." the car was not in any collisions near the time of when the light illuminate. For other Toyota owners, the dealership charged me $120 to diagnose the problem and said that it would be $600 to fix.

- W. Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #23

Jul 312013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Loss of steering at a right bend in the street, think the power went out to the electronic power assist, car went straight into a sign pole with a large cement base, major damage to front end, airbag didn't deploy, seat belt didn't work and there was no power at all to the car even though the battery was not damaged. Car was recently at Toyota dealership for recall to repair to electrical power window problem to prevent electrical fire, oil change and service done at same time, the car has been well maintained. New tires and brakes. Opened a claim with Toyota, so far met with apathy and resistance.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 032013


  • 82,000 miles
Illuminated airbag warning light on dash. Dealer states it is the clockspring that is bad. Dealer said that there have been many issues with these wearing out and that the airbag in the steering wheel will not function until the clockspring is replaced.

- Havre, MT, USA

problem #21

Feb 102012


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the SRS warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the spiral cable was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #20

Jun 082013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Driver air bag failed to deploy at estimated frontal impact of 45 mph.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #19

May 212012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
When someone sits in the front passenger seat, the airbag sensor does not correctly judge who is sitting there. This is a come-and-go problem. Sometimes the error lights come on when they shouldn't:the "buckle seatbelt" light flashes even when the seat belt is buckled. The "airbag off" light also flashes (the lights come on together), even though the person in the seat is a normal-sized adult. The (non-dealer) mechanic also told us it was sometimes sensing a larger person than was there, so it could turn the airbag on when it shouldn't. this would clearly be very dangerous in and accident.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #18

May 012012


  • miles
I was going to turn into a parking spot in the work parking garage. As I moved my foot from the gas pedal to the brake, my foot knocked the floor mat causing it to jam under the gas pedal. This caused the car to accelerate into a concrete pole despite both of my feet being on the brake. I had the recall fix done to my car to insert the plastic pieces to hold the mat in place properly and was assured by the dealership that this would never be a problem; however, they were small pieces of plastic and the mat was completely unattached from both of them. The car continued to attempt to accelerate after it was stuck on the barrier until I was able to pull the floor mat out from under the accelerator. The pieces were only inserted into the carpet and not the floor boards, and the responding officer said they pulled out really easily. He was also concerned that the airbag in the car didn't deploy in this situation due to the acceleration and amount of front end damage to the car and suggested something might also be wrong with it.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #17

Nov 032011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2009 Corolla was rammed in rear and was pushed into car in front of it. Car totaled and not one of 8 safety air bags deployed. As a passenger, if I were not wearing a seat belt, I would have been thrown through the windshield. My son and I were taken to local hospital for back and neck pain. I would like to know why not one of these air bags deployed. I have read on many websites that this is a major complaint on Toyota vehicles. I feel this incident should be investigated as this is a major safety issue.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #16

Nov 042011


  • miles
A hit on drivers door involving a 2009 Toyota Corolla in which the side air bag did not deploy resulting in a shoulder injury to driver. No airbag deployment.

- Florida, FL, USA

problem #15

Oct 302011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
On Oct 30th, I was in an accident, a van going approx 30-35mph hit my drivers side, my front airbags did not deploy nor did my side curtain air bags or SRS air bags.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

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