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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,155 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 9 of 18)

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problem #187

Mar 202010


  • 3,300 miles


.the steering on my 2010 Corolla is hard to control. The vehicle feels like it is wandering on the road and it is difficult to correct. The problem is much worse at highway speeds above 60mph. Driving the car in crosswinds is difficult and scary due to the "floating" feel of the steering.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #186

Nov 052009


  • 192 miles
Steering too sensitive. Most notable at freeway speeds. Wont track correctly. Wants to drift either left or right. Correction only makes the car drift the other way. Must be very attentive or car could drift into other lane. Condition since new. Dealership has verified the problem but cant seem to fix it. Been to dealership service twice for this condition.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #185

Mar 012010


  • 10 miles
We purchased a brand new 2010 Toyota Corolla less than a month ago from a Texas dealer in North houston. Immediately upon driving home we noticed a "meandering" of the front end, difficulty in keeping the car in its lane at high speeds. It felt like driving a car during a windy day. As it was a windy day we thought nothing of it. It behaved as you would expect at high speeds, on the freeway, on a windy day. The problem with the vehicle is that it needs constant correction to maintain a straight path while steering; constant small adjustments to keep it in its lane. The problem is exacerbated at high speeds as small adjustments seem to be amplified. And a small adjustment to the right for example, while the vehicle meanders to the right, creates an exaggerated movement to the right; kind of a doubling of the event. So if you are correcting movement to the left, by adjusting to the right, and the mechanical problem kicks in with more right movement, you get a big shift in the vehicle, the need to maintain attention to the steering is constant. Your hands are always at the 10 O'clock, 2 O'clock position, and always making corrections to the front end meandering. At high speeds it is more problematic because the mechanical reactions get amplified at high speeds. At low speeds the problem exists, you still have to react, but you have more reaction time before the vehicle moves to an uncomfortable position within the lane. Where this event is extremely dangerous is on two lane roads with high speed limits. Two lane roads in Texas can be narrow with small shoulders. When the vehicle meanders, you pull to the opposite direction. With oncoming traffic or narrow shoulders on the two lane highways, margin of error is much smaller than on city freeways and streets.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #184

Nov 012009


  • miles


At this point, I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a defect, but as I have read with regards to other owners, my 2010 Toyota Corolla le (with automatic transmission) also exhibits "light" steering at highway speeds. Drivers really have to pay constant close attention whenever driving above 45 mph in order to avoid moving or "wandering" out of your lane with the slightest movement of the steering wheel. In other words, the steering on this automobile is extremely sensitive, especially above 45 mph. As, such, whenever I am driving more than two hours at a time, I get extremely fatigued. In my opinion, a variable assist power steering system, based on vehicle speed, would have been a more appropriate type of power steering system to engineer into this car. I am not sure if this could have been done since this automobile utilizes an electric power steering system in place of the typical hydraulic system.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #183

Mar 182010


  • 40 miles
I just bought a new 2010 Toyota Corolla. Upon taking it up to highway speed the first time I noted a "drifting" in the steering that seemed unusual (car rides fine for a while then drifts right or left causing you to over steer it back). I drove it for the rest of the day and the next day and am certain that something is wrong with the steering. The dealer said it is the new electronic power steering but it sure seems unsteady. Something is wrong and these cars should be recalled.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #182

Mar 162010


  • 4,020 miles
I know there have been some issues reported on power steering in 2010 Corollas, and I have experienced something like this. We have noticed "wandering" while driving down the highway quite often. It will wander one direction and then when you straighten it back out, it will do it again. It will go both directions, so it's not alignment. I decided to pay very careful attention last time I drove it. While going highway speed of 60mph, I was heading straight, on a straight road. I felt the steering wheel tighten up a little and then the wheel itself turned about 1 inch from where I was holding it. This happened several times in about a 5 mile stretch and then it stopped. I didn't have any more issues with it the rest of my trip, which was about 160 miles. I have called our local Toyota dealership where I bought it and they told me to bring it in so they could inspect. I got it back the next day and only a few miles were put on and they claimed nothing was wrong, so we have not had anything done to correct the issue.

- Ottumwa, IA, USA

problem #181

Dec 302009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 982 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. One week after the vehicle was purchased, the vehicle began to exhibit steering failures. When driving at higher speeds, the steering wheel would constantly move back and forth without driver intent. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they attempted to align the steering wheel but to no avail. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer on two occasions for the same failure. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle may have been designed to operate in that manner. There were no recalls for the failure. The failure mileage was 982 and the current was 6,220. Updated 05/06/10. The consumer stated the vehicle was very unstable. Especially when driving on the highway at higher speeds. The dealer performed two alignments, but it did not resolve the issue. Updated 07/16/10.

- North Fort Myers , FL, USA

problem #180

Jan 232010


  • 2,400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. Whenever the contact was driving approximately between 40-50 mph the vehicle slightly pulls to the left direction. The vehicle had not been diagnosed for the malfunction. The failure occurrence has continued since the vehicle was purchased. The current and failure mileages were 2,400.

- Cynphinia, KY, USA

problem #179

Mar 102010


  • 14,000 miles
I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. When I am driving on the highway and reach speeds of over 40 mph it is very hard to keep the car in a straight line or in the proper driving lane. The car begins to sway as if it is being buffeted by hard winds. Often it takes two hands on the steering wheel to get control of the car's swaying motion and just when you think you've got it corrected, it sways again and can easily overcorrect itself.

- Osterville, MA, USA

problem #178

Feb 272010


  • 5 miles
Bought 2010 Corolla on 2/27/2010, felt the wheel is very tight comparing to the rental 2010 Corolla I had before purchasing this Corolla. Sent it to dealer, they felt the same way, and "swap the power steering" for me while kept it in for 11 days. I took it home yesterday, but found its as tight as before. I feel its like driving a truck, and power steering is barely working, especially the speed is over 20mph. I feel I have to hold very tight with both hands on the highway to keep it straight.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

problem #177

Feb 082010


  • 2,000 miles


Steering problems with my new 2010 Toyota Corolla. The car seems to wander on the road while driving.

- Riner, VA, USA

problem #176

Jan 282010


  • 12,000 miles
I was going to work when my brakes stopped working, steering wheel locked, and car accelerated straight into a fence. Both my mother and I were injured. I got a Toyota specialist to look at the car, it took them three and a half weeks after the accident to send that specialist to look at the car. He then said the car was safe to drive. After I got my car back from the body shop I took the car to the Toyota dealership where I got it to get the brakes fixed and the accelerator pedal fixed. I have gone twice already and my brakes still aint fixed and giving me problem.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #175

Feb 102010


  • 500 miles
2010 Corolla S steering is very hard to control. Car seems to wonder all over the road. Steering seems to be way to responsive!

- Turin, NY, USA

problem #174

Mar 012010


  • 15,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). I have a 2010 Toyota Corolla. I purchased it in July and realized fairly soon that there seems to be a problem with the steering. At first I thought it was just me because I have driven large SUV's for the past 20 years and I thought it was just because it was a small car. My grown son used my car to go on a road trip and when he got home, he told me I had a serious problem with the steering. He said he could hardly keep it on the road. If you take your hands off the steering wheel for even a second, the car veers towards the ditch. It seems to mostly happen at higher speeds. I took it to the dealer and they said there is nothing wrong with the car. I decided to drive it for awhile as I felt comfortable because it has a full warranty. About two weeks ago, I was driving in the left lane on the interstate and my car abruptly veered into the right lane and I almost side swiped the car in the right lane. It was as if a huge blast of wind hit me from the left and shoved me into the right lane. It scared me and I was so close to being in a major accident. I brought the car back to Toyota again this week and they tell me again....nothing wrong. The car is squirrelly and all over the road. I really feel there is a serious problem with the steering in this car and I do not know where to go from here. [xxx]

- Chisago City, MN, USA

problem #173

Dec 132009


  • 26 miles
Car wonders while driving on a straight road or highway, usually about 40 mph or faster, constant feeling of drifting (feels like there is a strong crosswind blowing the car around.) tire pressure is proper as stated on door jam, as well makes no difference in steering if tire pressure is lower or higher.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #172

Feb 012010


  • 50 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla has major issues with steering. Changed tires and issues still persists. I can not control the car unless I always over correct the steering. Hard to keep in lanes on the freeway. Also brakes seems to be soft at times and not enough power to make an emergency stop.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #171

Jul 102009


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla and stated while driving at any speed over 40 mph, the vehicle will drift from left to right. This would make it difficult for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer where they could not duplicate the failure. The dealer advised the vehicle was operating normally. The contact felt this was a major safety issue while traveling at high speeds. The failure and current mileages were under 200.

- West Dunvee, IL, USA

problem #170

Feb 262010


  • 50 miles
My 2010 Toyota Corolla still veers from lane to lane even after I took it to the dealer and complained. The dealer took the car in and "realigned" the wheels and said if there is a recall, you can show that we at least looked at your car. The car still goes from lane to lane and never tracks straight. If my attention goes to see if I can pass a car etc, I am headed to the other lane and have to correct right away. This is going to get someone seriously injured or killed-what are you waiting for-please issue a recall!!-there is something faulty with Toyota's electronic steering and I believe, as many others who have complained about this same problem, have put and unsafe car on the road.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #169

Mar 092010


  • 30 miles
Vehicle steering does not feel right. Cannot keep car driving straight. It feels as though it is windy, when it actually isn't windy. Vehicle is brand new, just a couple of days old. This occurs when I drive faster than 50 mph. Called dealership and told them of problem, and they have not had any experience with such problem. I then searched online and found many people complaining about the same issue with the same car. 2010 Toyota Corolla S.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #168

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

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