really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,200 miles

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2005 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 092008


  • 11,000 miles


Here I report an accident which may be caused by Toyota unintended accelerate problem. We bought 2005 Toyota Corolla sport on July 09, 2004. We drive 2000-3000 miles/ per year. As we bought 5 years pre-paid maintenance, we have regular maintenance service with faulkner dealer every half year until July 09, 2009. There has no big problems during the first 3-year warranty period except on around summer of 2007, the check engine light is on and Toyota dealer replaced the computer control system without charge (we┐re not sure the replaced computer name and we think the dealer should have record). The weather condition is light-medium rain while our car accident happened. When the accident happened, my 5-year old son and I were in the car. The road speed limit is 25 miles per hour, I drove under the speed limit at a local road and it is about 2-3 miles distance to our destination. I remembered that I reduced the speed around a curve to turn on another road. Suddenly I heard a loud roaring engine sound came from inside, even I pressed and pressed the brake pedal for several times, but I feel that I step on the air, it didn't help. The car automatically accelerated with the speed I can┐T control and I lost the control of the steering wheel, my car was in malfunction status and crashed to the right curb and then hit the bush with a high speed and trapped in wet mud (thank for god). The engine was still roaring with a scared loud sound for minutes till I turned off the ignition and took off the key. Our car was damaged seriously by this accident, our car insurance company paid for more than $7,000 for the repair of this damage and I paid $1,000 for this collision. We kept both the police and repair record in case you required. At that time we didn't realize this accident may be caused by the unintended accelerate problem which recalled. Because our car computer system was replaced by dealer in 2007, we may still faced the recalled problem.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 192008


  • 97,500 miles
Vehicle was traveling 15-25 mph with moderate to heavy traffic 2 lane road around 1:15pm with dry clear conditions. Second vehicle attempting to cross road collided with first vehicle in the left rear fender causing the first vehicle to rotate 180 degrees to collide with a third vehicle breaking the front axle of the first vehicle, side airbags deployed but did not inflate. First vehicle totaled. 1 injury(passenger),cuts to ear requiring 8 stitches & shoulder injured due to secondary impact.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 142005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles
I was driving (in area where apparently a lot of accidents happen at this particular intersection) and I came to a stop sign - could only turn right or left...looked left - saw no one, then looked right - saw a truck way in the distance...so I accelerated to make a left turn and boom! I was hit on the drivers side (the side where I saw no one) - never saw it coming, car was completely totaled, and my left clavicle was broken in 5 places. Side air bag never deployed, front air bag never deployed and not sure if I hit my head...but I lost consciousness for a little while. I didn't think to report it - nor did I realize that it was a problem, until now when I'm researching cars and saw that someone else had this same incident/problem. I will call Toyota and report it asap.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 312005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact's vehicle was T-boned by another vehicle at 40 mph. Upon impact, the side impact airbags did not deploy. The vehicle was hit on the driver's side door. The vehicle was totaled. A police report taken at the scene. The contact sustained bruises, concussions, and sprains from head to legs. She contacted the manufacturer, and they claimed the airbags did not deploy due to the speed and angle at which she was hit.

- Rumson, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 162005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While driving at 65 mph the vehicle hit a steel ramp that had been left by another vehicle. The impact was strong enough to total the vehicle. Tupon impact, the air bags I did not deploy. The vehicle was equipped with the driver and passenger side air bags. The vehicle has not been inspected to determine why the air bags did not deploy. The manufacturer has not been contacted to inform them of the incident.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #1

Feb 092005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
My son was driving a new (6 months old, with less than 400 miles) 2005 Toyota Corolla, when he was struck on the driver's side fender & wheel. While the driver's side airbag deployed, the side airbag failed to deploy- resulting in a fractured left clavicle. He was wearing his seatbelt.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

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