really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,129 miles

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2006 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

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2006 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 012011


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, she applied the brakes and the vehicle did not stop. The vehicle continued moving forward until crashing into a patio. The same failure recurred on separate occasions and the vehicle also crashed into a private building. There were no injuries suffered during either crash. The vehicle was not destroyed.the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified, but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 12,500.

- Nanalapan, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 262011

Corolla 8-cyl

  • miles
I am asking for an investigation being done for my vehicle which was about to killed me on Wednesday January 26th 2011. I was coming home from work around 11:30 pm and my Toyota Corolla made a spin round two times and was about to turn over before the engine seized. And ten minutes before that my car run through the red light on rockaway turnpike, I called up Toyota and made an complaint. They told me someone is going to get in contact with me within three business day but no one did not. I also called Toyota a few ago about the same issue, but they stated that my car in not in the recalled. I have a 2006 Corolla. Most of the time when ever I try to step my feet on the brakes its like some thing is hold the brake from going down. I would be very grateful if someone could please help me as soon as possible or else I will die in that car.

- South Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 60-65 mph she engaged the brakes and they failed. The contact stated the failure occurred several times throughout the day. She stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact stated that she asked the dealer to bleed her brakes and they refused. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. She called the manufacturer and they assigned her a case manager to assist with her failure. She called the case manager and was advised that since the dealer had already told her that they could not duplicate the failure the case was closed. The case manager advised her that per the dealer they were bleeding the brakes. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were unknown.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #11

Sep 012006


  • miles


2006 Toyota Corolla makes a pulsating screeching noise when brakes are applied over a bump, uneven surface, puddle of water or patch of ice even if only one to two tires are on said surface. Even when car was new, brakes would screech occasionally as if pads needed replacing. I was told by dealer that it is normal for that car. Based on that information, I did not have brakes checked again for quite some time when they were making a scrubbing sound. By then rotors needed to be replaced. Two months later, screeching started again accompanied by scrubbing noise.

- Seal Harbor, ME, USA

problem #10

Feb 192006


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the vehicle abnormally accelerated causing the contact to be involved in a crash. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where repairs were made to the body damage however, the dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The contact experienced the failure two more times and contacted the manufacturer who advised that the throttle body would need replacing. In addition, the contact stated that the tires exhibited premature wear and the body paint began to peel prematurely. The tires were replaced and a complaint was filed with the manufacturer. The contact stated that the brakes were also defective. Later, the vehicle was inspected by the manufacturer's engineers and was advised that there were no failures found within the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 132010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving 55 mph when the brakes failed. The contact crashed into the vehicle ahead of her. The contact stated she depressed the brake pedal to the floor but the brakes failed to operate. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle ahead of her was flipped and landed upside down. There was smoke coming from the front of the contact's vehicle. A police report was available. The contact was removed from the vehicle with the assistance of the fire department. She sustained injuries to the neck and back with additional bruising. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Appomattox, VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 032006


  • 200 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla equipped with Goodyear all season tires. The contact stated while sitting idle with the brakes depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated resulting in a crash. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but was not examined for the cause of failure. Repairs were made to the body damage only. The failure continued to recur intermittently and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer approximately three times where an unknown service was performed on the throttle. The failure did not recur since the throttle repair. In addition, the contact stated that the tires were wearing prematurely. The dealer confirmed that the tires exhibited premature wear. The tires were replaced and the failure did not recur. The contact also stated there was an unusual increase in braking distance and in order to stop the vehicle, he would have to apply steady, repeated pressure on the brakes before they would engage. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 34,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 132010


  • 46,000 miles
ABS system on 2006 Toyota Corolla triggers too easily and when it does activate provides little or no braking force. Problem can be reproduced on cobblestone or broken pavement as well as on snow covered surfaces. Other cars with ABS driven over same surface do not trigger ABS. I've driven many cars with ABS and behavior of this car does match any of those. Two problems here 1- ABS triggering too easily and 2- no braking force when it does. Only remedy is to pump brakes in this scenario to reset brakes and get some braking back. Coworker has ;08 Corolla with same problem. Dealer told them, maybe he drove through a puddle. Really" aren't cars to be driven in the rain anymore" internet is littered with similar reports. Need some Focus by NHTSA and Toyota on this problem. No braking power is a serious safety problem.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 082010


  • 24,000 miles
I drove my 2006 Toyota Corolla and the brake not working when I tried to make a turn on a snowy and icy road and almost hit by incoming cars. We found out the brakes may have issues esp in the winter after we bought it brand new in 2006. It is sad to see all the recalls are for newer models, but I would believe similar issues do exist in the earlier models since they follow the similar if not same design in brakes. One big reason they don't push for those older cars will be the cost, but how about the cost of lives? we will need help to fix the issue.

- Copley, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 072010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 59,276 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The contact suffered minor injuries. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal became stuck and caused the vehicle to suddenly accelerate. The failure mileage was 59,276. Updated 05/20/10. The consumer also stated the air bags failed to deploy. Updated evoq 05/27/10 the consumer stated the engine control module was replaced in 2008 due to the check engine light illuminating. Updated 06/01/10. Updated 09/29/10 the consumer also stated the steering mechanism and brake failed on the vehicle. Updated 12/06/10 updated 12/28/10.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 062006


  • 1,000 miles


My 2006 Toyota Corolla does the following when braking, if a pothole(s) or bump(s) in the road is hit (while braking at the same time), the car fails to slow down or stop until the area of the potholes or bumps is passed. The brake pedal jerks forward as it appears that the brakes are failing to engage or does its job of slowing or stopping the vehicle. I have experienced this problem many times since day one, but I thought that it's a suspension problem.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 102008


  • 43,635 miles
The following description is from a narrative written within 3 hours after the accident. Around 5:30pm on 12/10/2008 I was driving home around 2-3 miles per hour due to traffic congestion. The sky was dark and it was lightly raining. The temperature was around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit, so ice was not present on the road. The large semi truck directly ahead of me slowed down to a stop, so I attempted to brake. My brakes did not seem to have an effect, so I pushed on the brakes harder. The brakes still had no effect. I immediately shifted the car into the ┐park┐ gear and applied the emergency brake. Neither the shifting the gears nor the emergency brake had any effect on the car's motion, my car kept moving forward. I eventually stopped when I smashed into the back of the truck, which caused about $5K of front end damage for my car and no apparent damage to the truck. The time between when I noticed the car was not stopping to when my car hit the truck was around 2-3 seconds. After thinking about these events afterward, I didn't remember hearing the transmission grind due to the fact the car was in the ┐park┐, but continued to move forward. After the collision, the truck ahead of me left as if nothing had happened. My car stayed stationary now that its momentum was lost. I shifted the car back into ┐drive┐ and slowly drove home (around 20-25 mph). The brakes worked like normal and I didn't hear any noise when I applied the brakes. I took the car into the dealership on 01/10/2009. The mechanic inspected the car and found the brakes were in ┐normal working condition┐. the mechanic hypothesized that the cause for the brake failure was either the brake fluid overheated or driver error. However, there was no evidence to support either hypothesis. No repair was recommended and no parts were replaced. I am confident I depressed the brakes and not the accelerator, so I suspect there might be some other problem with my brakes. The brakes have not failed since this incident.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 252006

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
- the contact stated that while driving her 2006 Toyota Corolla (200 failure mileage) at 25 mph she came to red light. The contact applied the brakes which slowed the vehicle down, but did not come to a complete stop. The contact also stated that on another occasion she had to swerve to keep from hitting another vehicle in the rear, because of the same failure. The dealer informed her that there was nothing wrong with the brakes.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 312006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,300 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds and releasing the accelerator pedal the vehicle only slowed to 30 mph. Also, when depressing the brake pedal there was a extended stopping distance. Furthermore, the odometer had become inoperable. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the cause of the problems could not be determined. Updated 11/30/2006 -

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

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