Notes: There must have been something in the water at the plant where they built the eighth generation Corollas, especially the 1998 and 1999 model years.

Outside of airbag problems being reported to NHTSA, this is about as dependable a car as you’ll find. But good luck finding one; owners say they want a new car, but can’t justify trading in their Corolla because the darn thing just keeps rolling.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #5

May 112002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The consumer's son was involved in an accident in which he was injured by colliding with the windshield as the result of seat belt failing, two people were injured in the accident.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 181999


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Airbag and seatbelt lights come on intermittently, in July of 1999 the front and right seatbelt assembly was replaced.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #3

May 192000

(reported on)


  • miles
Due to height the consumer mush the drivers seat as far back as possible for comfort, when the seat belt is retracted it twist 90% of the time an cannot retract consumer believes this is due to the limited amount of space between the seat and the door. Nlm

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 161999


  • miles
Was in an accident going 45mph a truck ran a stop sign and I hit them in the side my son was in the passenger seat and his seat caught when I pressed the brakes but released when we hit the other vehicle airbag deployed but did not inflate. The seatbelt also released when we hit the ditch. He hit his head on the winshield 2 times and is now dealing with post concussion syndrome. I called Toyota and they said they found no defects and that the safety system did what it was suppose to.( dot number: Tire size: P185/65R14 )

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 071998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear seat belt design does not work properly with child safety seat. (qcaw)

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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