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Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,902 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #70

Jan 172010


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds and applying the brakes, she heard a loud noise. The failure became progressively worse over time. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the problem could lie in the computer; however, they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 11,300. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000.

- Columbia Falls, MT, USA

problem #69

Jul 052010


  • 9,237 miles
I was sitting at a stoplight with my foot on the brake waiting for the light to change to green when suddenly the vehicle surged forward into the back end of vehicle in front of me resulting in damage to my front end and very minor damage to other vehicle. No one was injured.

- St. John, IN, USA

problem #68

May 232010


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated when driving at approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel would not stay balanced in a straight line. The vehicle would veer in either direction. The contact stated the failure was worse when driving in snow or windy weather conditions. The dealer advised the vehicle was operating as designed. The failure persisted. The dealer test drove and was able to duplicate the failure. An investigator was sent on behalf of the manufacturer to further inspect the failure. The investigator performed a visual inspection and advised there were no failures. In addition, the contact stated the brakes would feel spongy and would often fall farther into the floorboard than normal. The contact would have to apply steady, repeated pressure in order for them to work properly. The dealer advised there were no failures within the brake system. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 500 and the current mileage was approximately 2,100.

- East Troy , WI, USA

problem #67

Jun 102010


  • 4,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated when attempting to brake on a bumpy or uneven road surface, the brakes would grind excessively and would not stop the vehicle. The dealer where ran a diagnostic test and stated they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 4,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #66

May 012010


  • 4,500 miles
When applying the brake pedal, sitting stopped in traffic, the brake pedal seems to fade away intermittently. You only loose about 1-2" of pedal height, but the car will start to roll forward if you do not notice it and apply more pedal pressure to stop the car. I am ase certified in brakes and it has a bad master cylinder. Toyota states the this is a "normal" condition for this vehicle and refuses to warranty this issue. This vehicle has 4800 miles on it.

- Homeland, CA, USA

problem #65

Aug 192009


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that his vehicle has been experiencing recurring brake and steering failures. Repeated pressure would have to be applied to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The contact also stated that while driving at unknown highway speeds, the vehicle would drift from left to right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the failure was not duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 7,020.

- Walton, NY, USA

problem #64

Apr 192010


  • 3,865 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving at approximate speeds of 20-25 mph and approaching a traffic stop. As he proceeded to accelerate from the stop, the vehicle would not respond. Suddenly, there was an unusual increase in engine rpms and the vehicle abnormally accelerated at a rapid rate of speed. The contact placed the vehicle in neutral and engaged the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where repairs were made under NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V023000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). In addition, the contact stated when applying the brakes, he would hear a loud unusual noise. The dealer was unable to duplicate the brake failure and there were no further repairs made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 3,865 and the current mileage was 3,904.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #63

May 132010


  • 0 miles
I just received a recall notice from Toyota concerning a 19 state recall of 'ssc 90H - certain 2009-2010 Corolla and Corolla matrix brake system vacuum port special service campaign". this notice advises (under "what is the condition"? "if the vehicle is operated under extremely low temperatures, there is a possibility that condensed moisture from a positive crankcase ventilation (pvc) port may seep into the brake system vacuum port ("port") and freeze. The port is located inside the intake manifold and provides vacuum assist for the brakes. Should this condition continue, ice may slowly accumulate at the port and in the worst case, ultimately plug the port. As a result, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease (eventually to zero), and the increased pedal pressure required could lead to greater vehicle stopping distances." "what should you do?" "if you believe that there is a possibility for your vehicle to be operated in the 19 specified states or in the conditions described above, please contact any authorized Toyota dealer and...." this description of the problem is very subjective ("possibility of condensed moisture...", "ice may slowly accumulate..."if you believe there is a possibility for your vehicle to be operated...". I have already operated the vehicle in Nevada (one of the 19 states listed). If this is really a safety concern I would think that all vehicles should be either a) fixed with the redesigned air intake connector or B) provide the vehicle with a safety warning sticker (placed prominently on the steering wheel?) that advises the driver that this vehicle has not been fitted with the redesigned air intake connector and that vacuum brake failure may occur whenever the outside temperature is below X degrees F (Y degrees C) for periods greater than I hours. Without specifics I don't know if I should receive this new part, and if I elect not to, how do I pass on the possible extended low temperature impact to future owner(s)?

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #62

Jun 052009


  • miles
I bought a 2010 Toyota Corolla S in June of 2009. Whenever I would be driving on rough and uneven roads and had to use my brakes they would not work. The car would keep moving forward without slowing down when I would apply my brakes. This happened all of the time even after I took my car to the Toyota dealership for them to inspect and fix the problem. I told them about this when I would take my car in for an oil change and routine maintenance and the mechanic assured me that if there were anything wrong with my brakes that they would find it and fix it because they do a complete check of my car and it functions when the do the routine maintenance and car diagnostic. However, the problem still continued and I had routine maintenance on my car 3 different times. My car was also taken to the same Toyota dealership for the same problem during times it did not need maintenance and after taking my entire break system apart and still not finding anything, they told me that everything looked fine. However, this was not the case because the first uneven road I drove on my breaks did not work properly and the vsc symbol immediately came on and my car started making this constant annoying beeping sound that wouldn't go away. Therefore I called Toyota telling them about it and they said to bring the car back, so I did. They said they found a leak in one of my hoses. Something that their car diagnostic computer never caught when I initially complained to Toyota about this problem which existed since I bought the car. After getting the car back this time the problem seemed to improve a little but was still moving forward when I would break on uneven and rough roads.....I also told the Toyota people that the break problem the prius was having seemed to be the same brake problem my Corolla was having. Although I am aware that the brake system in the prius is probably different from that of my Corolla, because the prius is a hybrid. Perhaps there is a connection.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #61

Jan 152010


  • 2,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that she constantly experienced unintended acceleration with the vehicle which would suddenly surge forward. The contact also had difficulty stopping the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the vehicle was repaired. The failure continued so the vehicle was taken back to the dealership where the contact was informed that they could find nothing wrong with it. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was approximately 2,700. The current mileage was approximately 3,700.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #60

Apr 102010


  • 5,000 miles


I own a 2009 Toyota Corolla with 19,000 miles. I am the original owner. I have taken the car in twice for a problem with the brakes. I have owned many cars but none have ever felt so unresponsive when you hit the brakes, especially in the event of a fast stop. The dealers tell me this is normal for vacuum assisted brakes. A brake pedal that goes almost to the floor when stopping and requires dangerous distances to fully stop is not normal, and if Toyota has designed the system to function like this they have a bad design for a major vehicle safety function. The braking system in the 2009 Toyota Corolla may be a dangerous design flaw. You may need to evaluate this function of the Toyota.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #59

Jan 132010


  • 2,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph attempting to stop. While the brake pedal was depressed the vehicle began to vibrate and pulsate causing a decrease in the stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician stated the failure was a normal occurrence due to the antilock brake system sensitivity when depressed and was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified and informed that there would be a response within a two day period. The failure mileage was 3,000. Updated 05/18/10.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #58

Apr 102010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph attempting to stop at a traffic light. The brake pedal was depressed followed by, a loud noise and jerking motion. An unintended acceleration occurred. The dealer was notified and stated that the failure was contributed to the weather and road conditions. The contact experienced the failures previously and was advised by the dealer that there was not a problem. An appointment was scheduled with the dealer for service repair. The failure mileage was 1,000. Updated 06/02/10. Updated 07/13/10

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #57

Dec 262009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 5 miles
Bought a 2010 Corolla on 12/26/09 with Goodyear Eagle ls 2 tires. Upon driving home my steering was weaving left to right felt as though I was driving on ice and/or hydroplaning. Toyota regional rep came from corporate, looked at the steering 2 wks ago. Steering improved until driving in rain on 4/4/10 the steering became loose and the car was weaving left to right and I was once again hydroplaning at 65 mph Goodyear man said when traction is lost to the road, the vehicle will hydroplane. (these tires are dangerous) the consumer stated it was very difficult to control the steering. The vehicle would wander into the next lane. The consumer also stated the vehicle did not always stop in time when the brakes were applied. The consumer was told the vehicle was equipped with ABS and they were much better and safer. Updated IVOQ 03/10/11

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #56

Apr 052010


  • 8,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving at speeds of 35 mph, the contact abruptly depressed the brakes but the vehicle would not respond. The contact was able to stop the vehicle within moments. There were no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 8,500 and the current mileage was 8,600.

- Utica, MI, USA

problem #55

Mar 172010


  • 5,400 miles
Approximately one week ago, my 2010 Corolla surged forward approximately 6-8 feet after I placed in park in my work parking lot. The tachometer went to above 2000 rpms, and the cars speed went over 20 mph before I was able to jam on the emergency brake. My foot was not on the brake or the gas pedal. I almost hit a tree. My head was thrust backwards. Three hours later the paramedics had to come to my office and rush me to the hospital as I had a tia as a result. This is the third acceleration incident with my vehicle since February 12th. The dealership has even had a specialist look at my car, and they said nothing is wrong with it. I brought the car back to the dealership today because of the above incident. The general service manager said to me quote unquote "we can find nothing wrong with your vehicle, and can not verify your complaint. You have brought the car to us four times for this same acceleration problem and there is nothing wrong with your car. We have not charged you any of these times. If you bring it to us again for the same problem, we are going to have to bill you for our time. They also charged me for the rental car today. He also stated that the media is blowing this way out of proportion, and that there is nothing wrong with any of the Toyota vehicles. He said the problem is one of two things. I asked him what those two things were. He stated that they are the drivers are bad drivers and the other is it is fraud. So I said are you implying I am a lier or a bad driver and he refused to answer. I then said I am neither of the two and that I resented the implication to both. I told him my car is a death mobile and unsafe to drive, and also that I had been hurt 3 or 4 times already.

- Enosburg Falls, VT, USA

problem #54

Sep 012009


  • 75 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving approximately 45 mph the brake pedal was engaged which traveled to the floor. The vehicle failed to slow down and struck a pole. The vehicle sustained minor damages. There was no mention of injuries. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer in which there were no service repairs performed. The failure mileage was 75. The current mileage was 10,600.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #53

Mar 122010


  • 11,144 miles
In trying to stop a 2010 Toyota (with a manual transmission) the brakes had a metallic rattle as they engaged, then almost immediately they became dis-engaged causing the car to move forward about five feet before re-engaging and stopping the car. During this event the brakes had been applied at all times and the clutch depressed.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #52

Dec 092009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately between 55-60 mph down an incline. The vehicle began to shake with a loud clicking noise during braking. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on two separate occasions for the identical failures. The vehicle was repaired under the service warranties. The dealer stated the clicking noise was a normal response. The technician was unable to duplicate the shaking motion. The vehicle ha not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 13,000. Updated 8/2/10 the brakes were replaced twice. The consumer also stated while driving at highway speeds, the front end of the vehicle would shake. Updated 08/11/10

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #51

Feb 172010


  • 9,500 miles
The car was taken into the dealership on February 15 by me and I reported the car pulling to the right as into traffic if I was in the passing lane when the brakes were applied. The manufacture kept the car for two hours, returned it to me claiming something in the brakes were not lined up, but claimed the problem was fixed and the brakes had been "lubricated". February 17, 2010 the brakes released after being applied to avoid hitting a car ahead of my car who had slammed on their brakes. I reapplied the brakes and heard an extreamly loud noise comming from my Corolla, then the brakes caught and I was able to slow down enough to avoid hitting the car and finally stopped.

- Lenoir, NC, USA

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