Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2008 Corolla. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2008 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 2008 Corolla, our data for the Corolla is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Corolla's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,968 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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2008 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 282010


  • 130,000 miles


Received notice of defect with engine control module in October of 2010 from Toyota motor sales usa. Follow up notice was stated by Toyota to be given at later date. In February 2011 received notice from Toyota that defect with ECM was confirmed and could cause engine failure and possibly serious injury from driving vehicle caused by the ECM failure. Our car was already suffering the exact systems of ECM failure. Immediately took vehicle to don mcgill Toyota located at 21555 katy, freeway, katy, Texas 77450. Spoke with assistant service manager, [xxx] of don mcgill Toyota dealership. [xxx] informed me that don mcgill Toyota and Toyota did not have a replacement part for the defect in stock and it would have to be ordered from the manufacturer, Toyota. [xxx] also stated he would call me to schedule the defective part replacement in 3-5 business days upon the part arrival from Toyota the manufacturer. Well it has been almost 2 weeks now and I have not recieved any call from [xxx] or Toyota to replace the defective ECM. It is apparent to me that Toyota and don mcgill could care less about safety to my family while driving this defective vehicle manufactured by Toyota and sold to me by don mcgill. Would please intervene in the name of safety for my family and others that have purchased this defective car product before injury occurs! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 232010


  • 40,308 miles
Monday, August 23, 2010, while driving on a main highway with a hill my car stalled. My check engine light was the only thing showing in my dash. I pushed the gas pedal to the floor; the vehicle continued to slow down and I was frightened that someone would rear end me or that my car would start rolling back down the hill. Thank god no one was traveling at the legal speed of 65 mph when this happened. I turned my vehicle back in the direction that I came from to have my husband help me look for why this happened. He said most likely it was the battery and replaced it that evening. Tuesday, August 24, 2010, late evening I parked my car in a poteau Oklahoma shopping center for about an hour after driving some twenty plus miles. I returned to my car; it appeared to start ok; however, when I shifted to drive it shifted hard and the vehicle began lurching forward. The check engine light had come back on. I shifted toward park and noticed that when it reached the reverse on gear shift console the hard shift lessened but in park no harshness or lurching. I phoned my husband that it had happened again and he came with the car hauler and hauled my vehicle home. Please do not allow Toyota corporation to issue only a technical service bulletin, my warranty (36,000) recently expired. I have not yet taken to service.

- Hackett, AR, USA

problem #4

Jul 022010


  • 28,500 miles
I have a 2008 Toyota Corolla. On four separate occasions after coming to a complete stop the engine accelerated. I immediately put the transmission into neutral and the engine RPM increased to 6000rpm. After the first occurrence I removed the floor mats at Toyota's request even though they were no where near the accelerator and the condition re-occurred. Both the local and regional Toyota rep checked the car and found nothing wrong. I put the floor mats back - again no where near the accelerator and on 2 July the unintended acceleration occurred again when I was on a trip. When I returned I brought the car to my local dealer they checked the car and found nothing. The regional Toyota rep would not come to inspect it because the floor mats were in place - but again they are no where near the accelerator. I was told to bring it in if it happens again and to remove the floor mats. My wife and mother in law were in the car during the last incident and they were very frightened. My wife will no longer drive the car. I do not feel that the car is safe but have no choice since I cannot afford another car. The accelerator is not sticking but it is advancing to cause the higher rpms. I'm not sure why Toyota does not realize this.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off without warning and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the computer was replaced. Prior to the failure, the battery had been replaced three times. The current and failure mileages were approximately 26,000. Updated 6/21/10 the consumer stated the battery was replaced twice. Updated 06/25/10.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222009


  • 12,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Corolla. I experienced a stall at an intersection recently. I have only owned the car for several weeks (it was bought used with 11,000 miles on odometer).

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 052007

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While idling at an intersection, the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle restarted after six attempts and was taken to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The current and failure mileages were 3,000.

- Seattle , WA, USA

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