really awful
Crashes / Fires:
42 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
26 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,732 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 11 of 19)

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problem #161

Jan 222010


  • 2,500 miles


My 2009 Toyota Corolla has a steering problem especially at higher speeds. The vehicle wants to drift out of lane. Constant corrective steering wheel action is required. It seems that the control module does not know where center is or how to maintain center.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #160

Jan 282009


  • 10 miles
As soon as I drove home in my new 2009 Corolla I realized it was difficult to steer. It is overly sensitive and requires constant recompensation to keep it straight. I have had the car a year now and the problem persists. I called this problem in to the dealership and was told they didn't know what to do about it.

- Shelbyville, TN, USA

problem #159

Apr 152009


  • 12 miles
Thought I better add my experience with my 2009 Toyota Corolla. The car was impossible to keep in a straight line. It was as if every tiny steering correction was greatly exaggerated or being buffeted by strong winds from every direction on a calm day constantly. I had to constantly stay up on the wheel & not lose concentration for a second or I would be out of my lane. As I said, it was impossible to keep in a straight line. I complained to Toyota about this but received no response at all. After about 5,000 miles it seemed to get a bit better or maybe I' just getting used to it.

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #158

Apr 202009


  • 500 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. She purchased the vehicle brand new in March of 2009. She noticed that whenever she drove the vehicle approximately 65 mph she was unable to control the steering wheel. She took the vehicle to the dealer who stated that they were unable to duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage 6,000.

- Saint Paul , MN, USA

problem #157

Nov 072008


  • miles
Dear experts, I am the owner of a 2009 Toyota Corolla. And I would like also to stress out the fact that my Corolla has a steering problem. While driving straight it is very difficult to keep car in line, it takes a lot of concentration to wrestle with the car and which is not safe. If don¿T pay sufficient attention to the road, you can very easily loose your line.

- Arlington , VA, USA

problem #156

Jan 152009


  • 100 miles
I complained to Toyota about the steering on my Corolla as soon as I drove it the first time on the highway. I was told nothing was wrong with it and I was the problem. They said if enough people complained about it they might look into it.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #155

Feb 062010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle acclerated, crashed into another vehicle and was impacted on the passenger side. The air bags deployed and the vehicle was destroyed. The contact was taken to the hospital but did not sustain major injuries. The contact stated that the vehicle made a left turn own it's own and caused the crash to occur and that the power steering was faulty. The failure mileage was 36,000. Updated 05/10/10

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #154

Feb 182010


  • 15,455 miles
I bought my 2009 Toyota Corolla in June. After having it for a week I questioned about the reason as to why the steering was so hard to handle in the rain and when the wind blew. I was told this was because of the type of tires I had on my car. This problem has become worse. Yesterday I was driving and without out me steering the car it went on it's on to the right. This car takes two hands tightly holding onto steering wheel to drive. It is the scariest car I have ever driven.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #153

Apr 142008


  • 10,000 miles
Steering the car at highway speeds (over 55 mph) is difficult. Feels like something is trying to push the car out of the drive lane. This occurs all the time (I have a 3 hr round trip commute at highway speeds) and has since vehicle was purchased. Have an appointment w/dealership, but in a phone conversation was told by service rep that it was my problem, not the car and that an appointment was not necessary. Rep (forgot name) stated that putting sand bags in trunk would solve problem. I have replaced the tires and had the alignment checked but the situation has not changed.

- Hamlin, NY, USA

problem #152

Oct 012008


  • 4 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While driving at any speed the steering wheel was very hard to control and keep the vehicle driving forward. She took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer checked the alignment and stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle and that's the way it was designed. She also stated that recently the vehicle began to vibrate excessively. The failure mileage was 14 and the current mileage was 10,000.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #151

Jan 082010


  • 18,000 miles


I was driving in the left lane on gsp (NJ) at 65mph and all of a sudden the steering was not responding properly and the car was swinging between lanes. I immediately applied the brakes and slowed down and than moved into the right most lane. On that day it was little windy and I not sure if this is the cause but I have driven other cars and never faced this issue.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #150

Feb 172010


  • miles
Ongoing steering issue with 2009 Toyota Corolla purchased August 1, 2009, from eastern shore Toyota as a new car. At interstate speeds (60 - 75 mph) car behaved as if in a strong wind...steering constantly needing correction. On January 6 I took the car for scheduled service and mentioned the problem to the service manager at the dealership. He knew of the problem and said, "it's the tires." He said that at high speeds those tires, "just run the roads." He said all I could do is wait until the tires wear out and change brands. I thought that was a lot to ask of a person who had recently paid virtually full price for a new car with a sense of driver-control noticeably diminished on the interstate. It may be important for you to know that I saved the work order and it makes note of my raising the steering issue. I called the car salesman and voiced my objection to "just put up with it." He correctly pointed out that the tires were under Goodyear's warranty, not Toyota's. I took the Corolla to the local Goodyear dealer and they replaced all four tires on my car...mileage now up to near 5000. On my first drive test, problem at high speed was definitely improved. I called my saleperson and told him so. However, on a 300-mile round trip yesterday, the problem, although reduced at interstate speeds, was now very apparent at city driving speeds. I finished the trip resolved to write the dealership today which I will do as soon as I finish this. Coincidentally, in this morning's paper is an article about the very problem...losing control of the steering.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #149

Dec 172009


  • 14,000 miles
I absolutely have the currently-publicized problem with my 2009 Toyota Corolla drifting at high speeds! it feels like a gust of wind is hitting the car from time to time. It usually happens when going at or above 55-60 mph (basically at highway speeds).

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #148

Dec 132008


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph the vehicle would drift to the right and left. The contact thought there was something wrong with the steering. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer four times to remedy the failure and the dealer found nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact is concerned since the steering failure could potentially cause a crash to occur. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- River Ranch, FL, USA

problem #147

Jan 272010


  • 9,500 miles
Eps steering is very hard to keep car in lane when traveling at highway speed. The best description I can give is that you have to make constant micro adjustments to keep it going straight. I do not feel a pull like a alignment issue but rather the car steering seems to want to drift left or right all the time. I have a 2007 rav4 with eps and it does not have the same issues.

- Mount Morris, IL, USA

problem #146

Mar 242009


  • miles
Change in steering response. Car wants to wander going down road.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #145

Mar 312009


  • 3 miles
The car is hard to control the power steering and I luckily have been able to get control of the car without a accident but I have been close to being slammed in the side of 18 wheelers, other cars and concrete barriers. This issue needs to be resolved asap. My dealership keeps telling me there is nothing wrong with my car. As a consumer and a parent of small kids this is not right. Toyota needs to address this issue or take the cars back and fix them and quit telling us there is nothing wrong. The consumer noticed the vehicle had excessive play in the steering wheel and drifted from side to side in the travel lane. Updated 05/24/10

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #144

Jun 182008


  • 63 miles
At highway speeds, the car tends to veer either way left or right and has to be constantly adjusted to stay straight center in the lane. It's been occurring since I bought the car. I thought it was weird at first, but didn't think much of it until more complaints occurred. Now, I am in the middle of trying to get it fixed.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #143

Feb 162009


  • 12,500 miles
Thank you NHTSA ! hello, I have had extreme issues with the electric power steering on my 2009 Corolla. There is definitely something wrong with the steering on mine and many other 2009 Corolla's. the car is dangerous! the Corolla swerves from left to right by its self and is very very scary at times. A good example would be to imagine your car being hit by extreme winds from the left and right simultaneously. I have nearly been involved in two accidents in this car. I have been to the avondale Toyota dealer in Arizona twice and they always told me the car was with in specs. The regional manager was informed of my problem yet he wouldn't even drive my car to see the problem. As if I was crazy or something, I have been a loyal customer to Toyota for many years and this feels like a slap in the face. I am very educated in mechanics of automobiles and have driven many cars. This is not driver error! I also have to say, I have been more upset over the denial of this problem even more than the problem its self. If Toyota would have listened to me and actually driven my car they probably could have saved them a ton of money on all the recalls now. Good lesson to all business's. listen to your customers. I am very thankful this design flaw has gotten some media attention. Maybe now they will actually look into this dangerous problem.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #142

Feb 102010


  • 500 miles
My 2009 Toyota Corolla has steering issues, especially at highway speeds. This car is impossible to keep tracking straight without constant correction to the steering wheel. It wants to "gently" wander from side to side all the time. This poses a danger to anyone driving this car as well as others on the road. I was a Toyota service technician for approximately 5 years and have never encountered such a problem with a properly functioning vehicle.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

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