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Crashes / Fires:
45 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
32 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,567 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #51

Feb 172010


  • 700 miles


While driving at 35-40mph around a curve, I has pressed on the brake pedel to reduce speed an the vehicle failed to respond, but accelerated in speed while steering became inpossible to control, it was if the vehiicle was controlling it self. I had been drove into an through a ditch an out, hitting a mailbox, concrete lined driveway exiting the first ditch an entering another also hittng a street sign as well as a mile marker sign, my seat belt failed to lock which lead my head to repeatedly hit the top of vehicles windshield as well as the steering wheel. Futhermore the airbag failed to deploy. I suffer from sever headaches, my vision in lt eye although inproved has greatly decreased, as well as memory.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #50

Mar 222010


  • miles
In Sept of 2009 I bought a new 2010 Toyota Corolla. I have been very pleased with it until last Monday March 22. Three weeks they installed the recall on this vehicle. Monday March 22 I took my wife to duke medical center for an appointment, . I pulled into the parking deck and reached for a parking ticket suddenly the cars motor revved up all on its own. My foot was onthe brake the whole time, I never touched the gas pedal. I put it into neutral and the motor was going real fast. I cut it off and put it into park. When I turned it back on it still was going fast. I cut it off and restarted it this time it was running normal. I called the dealer and they towed it in. They kept over night and said they were calling Toyota. Next day they called and said it was ready that Toyota gave it a bill of health. The brakes held other wise the out come could have been bad. I do not if they found anything wrong or not.

- Gibsonville, NC, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Mar 032010


  • 9,500 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 30 mph in cloudy weather conditions the vehicle accelerated. The contact then engaged the brakes with excessive force, the vehicle stopped. The incident occurred after the recall repair was performed by the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted, they suggested the vehicle be taken back to the dealer. The vehicle was checked again by the dealer and they could not diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 9,500. The current mileage was 10,000.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #47

Mar 122010


  • 2,000 miles
I bought a new 2010 Corolla and was told all recalls where fixed. My gas pedal stuck coming home from work I called the dealer ship they checked there records and found that my car did not get fixed.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #46

Mar 172010


  • miles
My Toyota Corolla 2010 model accelerated for no apparent reason when I was backing up my car. I shifted the gear to reverse and release the brake, and even before I pressed the accelerator my car backed up as if I have pressed the accelerator pedal real hard. I had to brake real hard to get the car under control. Since I was in a big empty parking lot no damage was done.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #45

Mar 152010


  • 2,000 miles


My Toyota Corolla accelerator stuck after the dealer fix it.

- Amanda Dr, DE, USA

problem #44

Feb 222010


  • 7,000 miles
In October 2009 I bought a new 2010 Toyota Corolla from sansone route 1 Toyota in avenel New Jersey. February 22 2010 I brought the Corolla to this dealership for a fix related to the acceleration recall. I also filed a complaint with them about the power steering. After 90 minutes they said they could not find anything wrong with the power steering.they gave me this in writing. They also wrote that they fixed the acceleration problem. I took the car and 4 minutes later I hit another car because the acceleration increased by itself. The car is being repaired by my insurance company. Toyota should be responsible for the 8600 dollars of repairs. I am injured. Is Toyota responsible? my phone number is [xxx]. please contact me and tell me what to do. I tried to reach Toyota S 800 number but so far I have waited 3 hours and nobody answers. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #43

Mar 092010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,478 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. When the contact applied minimal pressure to the brakes, the vehicle would accelerate at a rapid rate of speed. The contact was concerned with her safety in the vehicle and the possibility of unintended acceleration. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 1,478 and the current mileage was 1,741. Updated 04/23/10. The consumer stated the vehicle lurched forward when decelerating. The consumer stated the problem was intermittent. Updated 05/05/10.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #42

Mar 092010


  • 4,700 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla accelerator was stuck at 40 miles per hour. Just missed hitting another car on the entrance ramp in front of me. This car was supposedly fixed by westbury Toyota in westbury, NY on February 9th. The car was brought back to the dealer today, March, 10,2010. Where the dealer told me that owners are making this whole problem up, and tried to charge me $100,00 for an electronic diagnostics test on the car. He also refused to give me a loaner car or rental car at Toyota's cost while they checked the car out for a sticking accelerator pedal problem because the recall "fix" was already done on this vehicle. Obviously the "fix" did not work at all. I am afraid to drive this vehicle because it could happen again with fatal results.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #41

Oct 312009


  • 1,200 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was attempting to park the vehicle, he placed the gear shift into reverse and the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning causing the contact to crash into a nearby telephone pole. No one was injured.there were no prior warnings. A police report was not filed for the incident. The vehicle had not been diagnosed by the dealership at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 1200.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #40

Oct 092009


  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving 65 mph and was forced to drive around an object in the road. When the contact depressed the brakes, the vehicle began to spin out of control. The contact was able to avoid a crash and control the steering wheel. The vehicle has not been inspected. The failure has not recurred. The contact received a recall letter from the manufacturer regarding the replacement bar on the accelerator pedal. The approximate failure mileage was 3500 and the current mileage was 4800.

- Plevna, KS, USA

problem #39

Jan 012010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 6,300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla le. While sitting idle in the parking position, the vehicle momentarily lunged forward. While traveling at various speeds as low as 50 mph, the vehicle would veer to the right. Also, the keyless remote, which also acts as a vehicle locator, would only operate intermittently. Often, the vehicle locator alarm would go off on without driver input. The dealer advised changing the batteries in the keyless remote. That did not correct the failure. The dealer then attempted to reprogram the keyless alarm sensor and advised the locator could only be used for short-range locating. No further repairs were performed on the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were approximately 6,300. The consumer stated the brakes did not perform as designed. Updated 07/19/10

- Ben Salem, PA, USA

problem #38

Feb 222010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. Whenever the contact removed his foot from the accelerator pedal, he noticed that the vehicle would maintain its speed for a period of 5-10 seconds. Prior to the recent failure NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V023000, vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal and 10V017000 repairs were performed on his vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 3500. Updated 4/23/10 updated 06/11/10

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #37

Feb 202010


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While stopped at a stop sign the vehicle rmp went up to 3,000 she had to park the vehicle for a while for it to slow down. She had experienced these failure several times. The contact stated that a few weeks after she purchased the vehicle she noticed the brakes were slow to respond when she drove 35 mph over speed bumps or any holes. She took the vehicle to the dealer twice. The dealer stated the vehicle had been test driven and they could not duplicate the failures. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- Newark , NJ, USA

problem #36

Mar 062010


  • 2,382 miles
In my 2010 Toyota Corolla xle with 2382 miles on it, I experienced brake failure and difficulty steering while descending down a slight grade. There was no braking action when I pushed the brake pedal as far as it could go. Simultaneously heard a loud scraping sound and detected an odor. Reported incident to the dealer immediately.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #35

Mar 032010


  • 2,000 miles
I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla that is part of the accelerator pedal reinforcement bar recall/installation. I have noticed another problem that appears to also involve the accelerator. This vehicle has a 5 speed manual transmission. The problem occurs in both 3rd and 4th gear. This problem is not consistent meaning it is not always noticed every time I drive, I would maintain that it occurs at least 50% of the time however. Problem: I attempt to maintain a constant speed for instance in 3rd gear at 30 mph, the vehicle feels as if it wants to speed up, I then remove some pressure from the accelerator, the vehicle then slow by jerking, I then attempt to accelerate and the vehicle jerks again, bottom line is I can not maintain a constant speed. The road conditions do not matter, flat, hill, bumpy, smooth, wet dry, 30 mph, 31 mph, 32, mph etc. I cannot maintain a constant speed in 3rd and 4th gear. I am not sure of an approximate date, it has happened numerous times since I purchased the vehicle in August of 2009. I will just enter a random date below.

- Walla Walla , WA, USA

problem #34

Mar 032010


  • 2,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 50 mph the contact applied the brakes and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact engaged the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The manufacturer informed the contact that the braking system performed accordingly. The contact called the dealer to schedule an appointment for the recall repair. The failure is a dangerous safety risk and could cause a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 2,200.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #33

Mar 032010


  • 3,100 miles
I was driving at approximately 70 miles per hour and as I came up on a slower moving vehicle, I took my foot off of the accelerator and when I did the vehicle accelerated instead of slowing down. I immediately applied the brakes and the vehicle slowed down. My wife has told me that this has happened to her twice in the last week and I just dismissed it. We had the recall repair done on our car almost two weeks ago.

- Lansford, ND, USA

problem #32

Feb 262010


  • 10,200 miles
On Monday (March 1st) Toyota service called me and told me that according to Toyota engineers┐ report, there is nothing wrong with the gas pedal and they said there is nothing to worry about the car. Toyota's official explanation is ┐operating as designed, the ECM will command high idle at times for proper emissions system operation┐ this explanation does not make sense since there is a serious safety issue here; I am driving the car in the 5th gear and around 3000 RPM. When I need a sudden stop, I let go the gas pedal and hit the break. The ECM commands high idle even I hit the breaks; the pistons are still working (the engine is still running in gear) with 3000 RPM so I am not able to slow down or stop. This is a serious safety problem.

- Newark, DE, USA

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