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:
44,082 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.

2008 Toyota Corolla windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2008 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022010


  • 50,000 miles


I heard rattling which I thought was from my trunk. After several attempts to locate the rattle, I discovered that it was my back window. There is a seal failure and you can literally lift the rear window in my 2008 Toyota Corolla. The Toyota dealership tells me they have never seen anything like this before. The car had approximately 50,000 miles when I first noticed the problem. The dealership tells me that I shouldn't wait to get this repaired. However, the dealership also said they would repair the seal, but I have to pay for the part that goes around the rear window and that my 100,000 extended warranty will not cover this. Unfortunately, that part does not go all the way around the rear window, leaves the bottom of the window exposed and thus the possibility for this to occur on all of these vehicles as well as reoccur on this one. I have taken pictures of this. I don't understand why I should pay for anything since this is not a wear and tear issue. It is defective!

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 312009


  • 38,165 miles
On January 31, 2009 at about 3:00 P.M. my car was parked in the driveway in the country - my brother, sister and I were standing 10 ft away from my car when the window exploded. The window was shattered and fell to the inside and outside of the car. No explained reason for this to happen. We were standing there doing nothing but talking and nobody else was around. There was no other damage to the car except the shattered window. From searching on the internet this unexplained window explosion has been happening to car windows. The temperature at the time was 65-68 degrees. I will pay to have the window replaced. Toyota will not acknowledge this is happening to Corollas.

- Manteca, CA, USA

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