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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,166 miles

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2012 Toyota Corolla electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 252015


  • 38,000 miles


I was driving around one day with my windows down, and all of a sudden it started raining, I went to roll my windows up and surprisingly they didn't work. None of them. When I got back to my house and parked I tried to see if it was a fuse problem but no such luck. The lock/unlock buttons wouldn't work either. A few days later I drove my car again and the windows rolled up about half way until they froze up and didn't work any more. Now, whenever I'm driving they spontaneously decide to work. I can't park anywhere for too long because my windows are stuck rolled down and anyone could break into my car. Besides that one time it rained I have never let my side panels get wet, the windows malfunctioned before it had rained. In addition to the windows, my trunk also decided it wasn't going to work. Originally the latch had gotten stuck and I'm not sure how long it had been that way because I don't often use my trunk. But one day, parked at safeway I tried to pop the trunk but it was stuck. Finally I got my dad to help and we got it open. However, now it refuses to stay locked. It will stay closed until I go over a bump and then it pops open and it's really dangerous because I can't see in my rear view mirror. I have tried locking it with the key but that doesn't work either. This was a new 2012 car so I was confused as to how I spent $20,000 and got a defective car! it's pretty embarrassing to drive it around not to mention it's not safe. I have had a few of my mechanic friends look at it hoping we could fix the problem by replacing the fuse but it just didn't work.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #5

Jan 012014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that when the vehicle was stopped at a stop light, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle wad restarted after a few minutes, however the failure recurred on two other occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000. MA 10/22/2015

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 172014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 28,394 miles
While driving northbound on interstate I-75 home during rush hour in the metro-detroit area, the vehicle sped up in excess of 90mph! I almost caused a collision. The gas pedal did not react to my foot not even being on the pedal! I braked and pumped the brake to only control my speed. When I finally got the vehicle to park, the engine was still running at a high rate like the engine was reacting to pressure on the gas pedal. The car smelled like smoke from the brake pad. If it wasn't for the brake pad, I might of been more severely injured or worse. I plan to take the vehicle back to the dealership and see what they can do. But please, please, please help my family and I out.....we have a 2014 Corolla VIN # [xxx], another 2008 Corolla VIN # [xxx], and just recently a 2014 Toyota rav4 VIN # [xxx] was a very scary ordeal....I'm very concerned for the well being of my family driving these vehicles. I thought the issue was fix already"???" maybe not. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 052014


  • 7,100 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the radio failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that a rodent had breached the vehicle and damaged wires to the electrical components as well as the air bag. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 7,100. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 022012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
Approximately 10 working days have past after arbitration of the eps(electric power steering) of my 2012 Toyota Corolla S in which today in the mail came the denial. I entered into a claim to have don mcgill Toyota of houston purchase this car back. Please everyone, the eps system is not a component you have to adjust your level of driving experience to suit theirs. The eps is unsafe and will cause an accident, it's a shame that a death or bloodshed is the only means by which Toyota will open their eyes! sadly though it is often how the consumer at the end of the day has his voice heard.. the steering system on this vehicle can be down right dangerous! you are foolish to buy this car and this is my lesson learned. Heed this warning for anyone wanting to purchase this automobile. I am no longer a loyal Toyota customer and the care at which those that represent the automaker afford their customers. I look forward to the day I can rid my hands of this potentially lethal automobile with it's uncontrollable steering system.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

May 052012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The component/system is known in the industry as electric power sterring(eps). I purchased my new Corolla S on 26 March 2012. I traded in my 2009 Toyota Corolla base that did not have eps. My Corolla S was ordered and I waited approx 2 months before it arrived. I did not test drive the 2012 model(I trusted the model) and have never driven a car with eps to my knowledge. Since I am a prior owner of a Corolla I can write this with very good credibility. I started noticing this over steerage as I began to drive the car at length and distance and speeds up to and over the limits here in Texas. This includes my wife as well. Here on this form I have entered two dates but this has been from day 1. at higher speeds it is much more evident, at lower speeds not as noticeable but now my mind is telling me to be careful. The speed I listed here on this form is only an example I really wanted to just enter all if I could. I get the feeling I have no control over the steering system. It's far too sensitive. I feel I have to hold less the steering wheel to keep from compensating for any slight deviation as the system really does what it's seems to do on it's own. This is disturbing and quite dangerous! I delivered my car 04 may to the service dept. To see if they could fix the problem. Yesterday 05 may on a stretch of open highway I exceeded the Texas posted speed limit to see what effects would take place. This overage gets amplified! this may cause a serious accident! I feel I have to relearn how to steer a car, is this possible? please act on this now!

- Houston, TX, USA

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