Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2007 Corolla. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2007 Corolla is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models have an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where now the NHTSA data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Toyota acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2007 Corolla, our data for the Corolla is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Corolla's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,321 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2007 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 012007


  • 50 miles


1-takata recall: NHTSA recall number: 15V285, manufacturer recall number: Dsf. Toyota dealerships have not fixed the problem, though I called them long time ago about it. 2-steering wheel vibrates too much causing hand numbness. 3-brakes are not ABS. Even in iran, 2007 manufactured cars are required to have ABS brake system.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #11

Aug 132015


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Corolla. While driving at approximately 40 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the brakes seized without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the rear the preceding vehicle. The vehicle landed on the divider and the air bags did not deploy. The contact was injured and received medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a collision shop. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V285000 (air bags); however, the recall repair was not performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000...updated 09-29-15

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #10

Jun 062015


  • 64,200 miles
This happened about four weeks apart with two different drivers under similar conditions. We were slowing to stop at a stop sign traveling 5-10 mph and when we applied the brake, the engine reved up. When it happened to me the the car wouldn't stop when I applied the brake so I put the car into neutral and thus avoided hitting car ahead of me. I took the vehicle to my local Toyota dealer. They had it for a day and half and said they could find nothing wrong. They said I should remove my after market car mat ( which I have) and suggested that both drivers had applied the brake and accelorator at the same time. I think this is highly unlikely as my foot isn't wide enough to do both unless my foot is nearly off the brake. The car mat in question has been the car for 6 plus years and is a custom made one which does not slip.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #9

Sep 242012


  • miles


When ever I turn off the car then start it again and move either forward or backward there is a grinding sound in my forward break area. I took it in to Toyota and was told that they couldn't recreate the sound. I took it to a private mechanic and he replaced a part twice. It stops grinding for a couple of days but then it comes back. It now happens nearly every time I go forward or backwards. Also, if I go over a bumpy stretch of road or suddenly step on my brakes the brakes grind and I am unable to stop for a few seconds. It seems like something is wrong with the ABS. This is an ongoing problem that happens daily.

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #8

Jun 022009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph and pressing the brake pedal to stop, the brakes malfunctioned causing the vehicle to crash into the rear of a second vehicle. The driver sustained neck and back injuries that required medical attention. No police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. In 2009, the complete brake system was replaced due to a defect. No further information was available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Parrish, AL, USA

problem #7

Aug 132014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
While entering a curve my car slowed down then all of a sudden accelerated to an uncontrollable speed, I tried to regain control of my car by tapping on the brakes which did not help my situation as a matter of fact it made things worse, to avoid oncoming traffic I hit a pole again at a high rate of speed which made my car spin, I am a professional school bus driver & have taken this and many other curves for years, I could not explain why this car did what it did, as a result of this crash I received a reckless driver ticket and 2 points on my license because it was a one car accident, the only explanation that the authorities could give me was hydroplane, thats not what happened it was as if this car my car of 7 years had a mind of its on and started racing.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 142014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 90,400 miles


This is the second time this has happened. As I approached a red light, I put my foot on the brake but the car kept on slowly going ahead. My foot was down to the floor on the brake, but it still went forward and I had to swerve to the right so as not to have an accident. I had the brake system checked by two different mechanics at two different shops and they could not find anything wrong. Would the gas pedal have anything to do with it? two different auto shops, looked at the brake system and they could not find anything wrong. When this happens, there is a loud whirring sound from underneath the car. My car already had the 90000 mile checkup and with minor adjustments of belts etc. It passed with flying colors. Now I am afraid to drive it. Please help me.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #5

Mar 302014


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 70 mph, the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts and the contact crashed into the rear of the preceding vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. No police report was taken. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Aventura, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 252013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
I am filing a complaint to report a brake failure on my Toyota Corolla 2007 with 42,000 miles on the odometer. On June 25, 2013, I was in the passenger seat and my son was driving the car when the brakes began to fail. To slow down, he had to push on the brake pedal gradually further and further until it eventually reached the floor, making then the hissing sound of air forced through a small opening. We went into a parking lot and, by the time we found a space, the brakes were gone. We used the hand-brake to stop. Two hours later, when the tow truck came, I discovered that the brakes were functional again. The next day, the dealer, Toyota North of mount kisco, NY, was unable to replicate the failure and was at a loss to advise me. The brakes being so critical to safe driving and intermittent failure being unacceptable, I decided to change the master cylinder at own my expense. Regrettably, when I went to get the car on June 28, 1013, I was told that neither the dealer nor Toyota would take the master cylinder apart to understand why it failed. An opportunity to improve future safety was lost.

- Chappaqua, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 112013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 22,204 miles
Had the front brake pads and rotors replaced on car March 1, 2013. A month and a half later I heard grinding noise from left wheel. Took car in on 4/11/13 and was told brake pads and rotors were fine, but that the hub and bearing were failing on the left. Was also told this was rare that they don't usually see a hub and bearing failing at this mileage. This is a serious problem and if you do not do anything about it your wheel could fall off. I was advised by someone with experience with this problem to go ahead and fix it which I did on 4/16/13. Was also advised by this same person that the failure was probably the result of a factory defect, but at this point there is no way to prove it and the car is out of warranty. The warranty for this repair is only a year and the failure rate after fixing this type of issue is high. I no longer trust my car!!!!!

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013


  • 104,000 miles
Driving around 7:30 pm suddenly traffic comes to a halt, I brake and the car does not slow down at all, I was going between 35 to 40 miles an hour. The brakes did not do anything but the car was still accelerating. I hit the car in front of me. This happened before when I was on the highway but luckily I did not hit anyone. But this time I did $6000 damages to my car. Took it to the dealership for repair and mentioned that the car did not stop and they did not question it again. I notice that I am not the only one this has happened to. I heard that some models of Toyota's have this problem.

- Foothill Ranch, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
On a rainy October 28, 2012 Sunday, I was traveling on rte. 73, in moorsetown, NJ and I attempted to get off 73 and go down the rte. 295 N ramp. As I went down the ramp, I put on my brakes to slow down and all of a sudden it felt like my car was flying. The brakes locked up, the car spun around and crashed into the curb so hard on the drivers side, that it totaled the back and front rims of my tires. Then once I thanked god for not letting there be any cars around me and letting me be alright, then I attempted to move the car. I backed the car up a little bit then pressed down on brake to change gear into drive and turned steering wheel away from curb, and my car flew to the other side of the ramp and crashed into the curb on the passengers side of which damaged the front rim on that side and through all of this the air bag never ejected. I could kind of understand that it was wet and the car hydroplaned before first crash. But I don't understand how before the car took off the second time while I had my foot on the brake and barely moving, brakes were completely locked up. At this point I was scared to move the car again, so I just cut the car off and sat there for a while, then turned it back on, then it felt like brakes were alright when I pressed down on it. I took my car back to the dealer I bought it from and asked them to check the brakes and of course they said that it was nothing wrong with them. At this point and time, I do not trust this car, but I do trust god to keep me safe in this car or else I wouldn't even drive it after that episode. I needed to get 3 new rims, 1 tire, a hub cap and wheel alignment for my car and I just thank god that there was no other damages. And now I'm just waiting on the lord to give me the opportunity to get a SUV and it won't be a Toyota.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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