really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,939 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Mar 082014


  • miles


I was driving on the interstate and took an exit. Attempted to apply the brakes, and there was a grinding noise. The vehicle did not stop and hit another vehicle at the stoplight.

- Brentwood, MO, USA

problem #12

Feb 202014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 36,650 miles
I was driving in the morning on a very cold day and was driving around 30mph. I applied the brakes as I could see the stop light about 200 feet just came on. When I applied the brakes, the ABS brakes locked up and it took the entire 200 feet to finally get the car to stop.

- Port Monmouth, NJ, USA

problem #11

Dec 062013


  • 38,900 miles
Brake application not engaged until we press the brake more than half way. This is increasing chances of accident that brake is not applied as driver wants it.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #10

Oct 282013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 36,500 miles


I [xxx] the owner of Toyota Corolla 2010 (license plate: [xxx], licensed with the state of Maryland VIN no: [xxx]), residing at [xxx], while trying to park in my residential apartments at the above mentioned address (at a speed of 3-5 mph), applied the brakes and all of a sudden it caused an unintended acceleration and I hit the huge metallic trash bins in front of me at a very high speed on October 28th, 2013. The airbags did not deploy, but the front of my car got damaged heavily. It has been towed away by my insurance company geico to one of their body shops. My left ear and neck are in great pain since then and my wife tejaswi peri who was the passenger along with me suffered left knee sprain. We have been in a state of utter shock and dismay since this incident as this was completely unexpected. I have been a safe driver since the past 7 years and have never had any accidents, violations etc. Also I never mistook the gas pedal for the brake during my whole driving career and I use only one leg for this purpose. My vehicle when I purchased in 2010 was inspected 2-3 times for this and other issues by the dealer/Toyota. The initial estimates as per my insurance agent are several grand (dollars) and the damage to the car is extensive. The insurance company's body shop is working on it. Please see the attachments that show the car was taken to the Toyota dealer within a few months of purchasing it for acceleration problems and also the edr reports, service statement showing that this model is a part of a open recall service by Toyota. I opened a case with Toyota usa headquarters about the unintended acceleration that caused the accident yesterday. The case# is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).... updated 03/19/15

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 032013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 21,913 miles
I was on the highway going about 70mph. My exit was coming up on the right side so I put my foot on the brake to slow down. However the brake stuck and the vehicle wouldn't slow down, it kept going. I had the cruise control on, and usually if I brake without first turning it off it slows down, but that didn't happen. So I turned the cruise control off but nothing happened. My car kept going. I pushed down on the brake, but that made the car accelerate even more. I checked to make sure the pedal wasn't stuck, it wasn't, but I knew that wasn't the problem because my car was accelerating when I was hitting the brake. Luckily there was no one in front of me because I was going over 110mph. I sped at this speed for quite a ways maybe 3/4 of a mile. I thought I was going to die and had my phone in my had to call 911. I kept pushing on the brake since I didn't know what else to do (this of course made me go faster and faster). The brake wouldn't go down though. I didn't understand what was happening. It was like stuck? finally I heard my accelerate pop. And the car started to decelerate.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #8

Jul 292013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
On Monday July 29,2013 while I was set on 70 mph cruise control, my Toyota Corolla suddenly surged forward. I have no idea how fast it made the car go, but I have never been in anything going that fast. I had to take the car into the grass median to avoid hitting another car when the brakes would not stop my car. We still flew down the grass median like a speed boat hitting waves, we were bouncing, the car was bouncing, I had severe cramps and stabbing across my lower kidney area when we finally came to a stop. I had to hold the brake pedal to the floor for what seemed like eternity. Before it finally stopped. I reported the incident in great detail to Toyota corporate and my case was #1307291802.(this case # is no longer valid) I was told at that time if I felt safe, I could take it to my dealer in D.M.,Iowa where I leased the car in 2010, or if I felt unsafe, I could take it to adams Toyota in lee's summit, Missouri. Then, my daughter-in-law called adams on my behalf and they gave her an entirely new case number because the first rep who took the report did not understand there was damage.my new case # is 1308011967. I felt I never want to be in that Corolla again, so I did take it to adams and they provided me with a Scion rental to get back to home and work in Iowa. Toyota has inspected the car and has up to 30 days to give me their report. I am to receive a copy of the data imaging extracted from the black box also.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #7

Jul 262013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles


The problem is with braking system or brake in my Toyota Corolla 2010. I step on the brake pedal when I was driving at 25mph speed at local street, but the brake pedal just got froze couldn't push further. Then I tried to pull up the brake handle but the handle was totally loose, all light on the board went on, then I have to turn off the key to force the engine stop before I almost hit the other car front of me.after 5 mins I restart my car, it turned out normal. It's very terrible experiences. I was lucky this time, it could cause to death accident. I send the car to Toyota dealer where I bought the car originally. They checked the car and told me there is nothing wrong, also charged me to pay for the checking.this car is beyond the safe to drive, I don't know it will happened again.

- Shoreline, WA, USA

problem #6

Nov 102010


  • 7,000 miles
When using brakes I feel grinding or scrubbing sound, and car would vibrate and slow to stop, pulling car toward left when stopping. I took it to Toyota dealer I bought it from, reported complaint asked them to check brakes, (this was with my routine service care). After they finished with call I had to ask about my brake complaint the man said nothing wrong, I told him that it didn't happen every time I used brakes but frequently.also I was not using car alot due to injury. I'm not sure about exact miles or time frame but I was still under my 2 year free service plan. Then a month after my service plan ended I had car serviced, I complained again about brakes, after they finished with my car, I had to ask again about my brakes the man said "oh, they need to be changed but it can wait to next service time and you will need tires then. I didn't wait to next service time, due to planned to have surgery. I got brakes changed at local brake shop, even after that, I still have times brakes grind etc...brakes changed a year ago and the grinding getting worse. I just drive to take son to and from school and ball, doctor appts.my older son went to get groceries for me yesterday he said my steering wheel shaking. I'm disappointed with the service department, I don't feel like they listened or even checked the brakes because I had to ask the findings, he would say what I stated above but he does not go back to garage area.

- Grimesland, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 062012


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, she abruptly applied the brakes in order to avoid crashing into a deer and the brakes seized, causing the vehicle to slide across the road. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that they could not diagnose the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Corinth, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 282013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that his brake boosters failed. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic and was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V338000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Coloma, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 302011

Corolla 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that when the brakes was depressed, there would be a pulsation and a grinding noise coming from the front and rear brakes. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000. Updated 01/30/13 updated 1/31/2013

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 132011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 15,230 miles
When braking engine speeds up, having the impression of loss of control. The condition can be replicated if my foot is resting on the extreme right edge of the brake pad and then applying the pressure to the brakes. When braking, my shoe comes in contact with the accelerator depressing it slightly, speeding up the engine. The driver's immediate reaction is to apply more pressure to the brakes, exacerbating the problem. The problem is easily solved by increasing the height difference between the brake pedal and the accelerator simply by changing the thickness of the brake pedal pad. I have tested my Toyota avalon 1998 for this condition and find that there is no similar problem with that vehicle.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #1

May 022011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
Any time you go over any bump or hit any pothole, the brakes become very spongy feeling. When you push the breaks, they feel very bumpy (almost like there are rocks in between the drum and the pads and it makes a grinding noise. Sometimes it even acts like it doesn't want to stop at all. As soon as you left off of them and reapply them, it is fine. It only happens if you go over something that is bumpy that causes any kind of jolt to the car. We took it to the dealer but they could not duplicate the problem. I am about to take it back again because it is still doing it.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

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