really awful
Crashes / Fires:
45 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
32 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,451 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #72

Jul 182010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. She was driving 3 mph when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a fence. The contact sustained minor injuries. The police were notified and a report was filed. The entire front end and underneath the vehicle was damaged. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the insurance company inspected the damages. The Toyota manufacturer will also have a representative inspect the vehicle to determine the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 5,000. Updated 10/05/10 updated 10/07/10

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #71

Jul 162010


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while depressing the brakes and approaching a stop, the brakes would not engage. The contact crashed into a vehicle ahead of hers. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. This was the first instance of unintended acceleration in the vehicle. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The current and failure mileages were approximately 4,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #70

Jul 032010


  • miles
I purchased a 2010 Toyota Corolla two months ago. I am now receiving a notice of recall for the mat/accelerator problem. I was assured by one salesperson that new vehicles did not have this issue. Why does the government allow such sales knowing that this problem exists and why hasn't Toyota fixed these problems before such sales are made.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #69

Jul 062010


  • 6,400 miles


On July 6, 2010, I was driving on I-95 South near the ives dairy rd. Exit. I drive a Toyota Corolla '10 le. I was going between 65-70 mph and was in the next to last lane. At approximately 6:45am, the car's RPM jumped from 2000-3000 to 5000-6000. At this point, I took my foot off the gas pedal...the car slowed down automatically on its own. Then, the RPM's jumped back down to 2000-3000. I had to cross three lanes in order to pull over. While I was trying to pull over, the car was going very slow, but the RPM's were jumping back and forth between 2000-3000 to 5000-6000. This occurred while my foot was off the gas pedal and while it was hovering over the brake pedal. I did not press the brakes because I did not want to come to a full stop in the middle of fast moving traffic on I-95. This event occurred a total of three times before I was able to pull over and turn off the car. The sound the car was making was as if I were to put the car in neutral and floor the gas pedal. I had not done any of this during the incident. I turned off the engine for 10 minutes, and I restarted the car. I slowly made my way to my parents house nearby.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #68

Jul 022010


  • miles
I am filing this complaint in response to a recall notice I just received from Toyota. The notice says Toyota will modify my accelerator pedal and floor surface in the driver's footwell. However, the recall does not include providing my recalled 2010 Toyota Corolla with a brake override system. According to james lentz, president of Toyota usa, in his testimony before congress (February 23, 2010), Toyota promised to install brake override systems in recalled vehicles. My friend who owns a 2009 Toyota Camry did get a brake override system, which ensures that he can stop his vehicle no matter what happens with the accelerator pedal. Toyota should install a brake override system on my recalled vehicle, too--otherwise my car is not as safe as other recalled vehicles. However, when I called Toyota about this, they told me they were not going to install brake override systems on Corollas. This is wrong and NHTSA should do something about it.

- Sweet Home, OR, USA

problem #67

Feb 042010


  • 4,000 miles
My Toyota 2010 Corolla has been recalled once and the Toyota dealer said that they did something on the brake, but I told them the problem with my new Toyota 2010 Corolla is the noise sound whenever I push the accelerator pedal. Especially whenever I push the accelerator pedal it makes a bell sound. I reported to Toyota dealer 3 times and they said it is air sound. I am not engineer but I think I know what is difference between air sound and bell sound. Now the Toyota sent me and said that another possibility of recall on the accelerator pedal. I think there is a real problem on this car. I am scare driving the new car. What can I do" I asked the Toyota dealer and they said that "nothing we can do." In terms of safety, I really concern this is not justmy problem but our citizen's safety problem. The worst thing is when I drive on the high way. It is like almost 15 years old car. The sound like a cracking and I really does not want to drive my new Toyota 2010 Corolla on the high way. Now they just sent me a memo and it said that there is a possibility of recall on the accelerator pedal problem. What can I do"

- Abington, PA, USA

problem #66

Jun 192010


  • 333 miles


I started the engine and slowly drive because its a downhill position and I notice an engine light came from the dashboard, and decided to stop but it won't stop. The car keep running and tried to press the brake but unfortunately it won't stop. Until I decided to crash the car to the gate of house in order to make the car stop and then, I sustain injuries, cuts, bruises. I believe the accident is cause by sudden acceleration/ defective part of the vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #65

Jun 262010


  • 18,000 miles
When set on cruise control and going uphill the car accelerates excessively to more than 5 mph over set speed limit.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #64

May 262010


  • 7,192 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While parking, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warrant. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but to no avail. The vehicle proceeded to crash into a pole and the contact sustained injuries to her back, chest, shoulder and ankle. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the contact was awaiting an assessment of the damages. The failure and current mileage were 7,192.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #63

Jan 152010


  • 2,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that she constantly experienced unintended acceleration with the vehicle which would suddenly surge forward. The contact also had difficulty stopping the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the vehicle was repaired. The failure continued so the vehicle was taken back to the dealership where the contact was informed that they could find nothing wrong with it. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was approximately 2,700. The current mileage was approximately 3,700.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #62

Apr 302010


  • 4,741 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, she depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle did not slow down, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and started veering from left to right several times. The contact crashed into the side of another vehicle, and the vehicle continued tol accelerate and veer left to right. The contact had her foot on the brake pedal during the entire failure. The vehicle finally stopped accelerating and the contact was able to pull over to the side of the road. There were no injuries. No police report was filed. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that a case manager would contact her within two days. The current and failure mileages were 4,741. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #61

Jan 152010


  • 27 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle would sometimes shake and surge forward. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but no repairs were performed at the time of the complaint; the problem was still ongoing. The failure mileage was 27. The current mileage was approximately 7,400.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #60

Mar 102010


  • 6,000 miles
While driving my Corolla, even I do not hit the gas pedal, the RPM stays around 2000 and sometimes it started to stuck around 3000 RPM for 15 to 30 seconds than goes to normal. I had difficulty to slow down in busy traffic, because even I hit the brakes it does not cut the gas so the engine still tries to run and the car still tends to go, so I am not able to slow down or it takes time to slow down. I am driving my Toyota in the 5th gear and around 3000 RPM. When I need a sudden stop, I let go the gas pedal and hit the brake. The etcs commands high idle even I hit the breaks; the pistons are still working (the engine is still running in gear) with 3000 RPM so I am not able to slow down or stop. This is a serious safety problem. How come ECM would command for high idle from time to time" how can I stop the car or slow down in need while ECM is commanding high idle? it is impossible to have a proper control on the car when ECM commands high idle. Who can give me guarantee that it would not get stuck in higher idles" (because it used to stuck around 2000 RPM and right now it also started sticking around 3000 RPM). When I get close to a curb or to an exit I stop hitting the gas pedal assuming the car will get slow but since it sticks at high rpms the car does not get slower when it is in the gear.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #59

Mar 052010


  • 3,711 miles
My car engine revs up to about 3000 RPM while in park, has happened twice since the pedal was fixed due to a recall. Recall pedal work completed 02/11/10 first incident of unintended acceleration on 3/5/10 took car to dealership no problems found, second incident of unintended acceleration on 4/3/10 took to dealership no problems found.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #58

Feb 262010


  • 6,301 miles
My sister was driving when she was about to park the car in a parking lot when the accelerator got stuck and she was not able to step on the brake pedal when it crash a tube. Which she proceeded to report to the insurance Agency and did the report and call the police, but police said had to call the insurance. This was the first time that this had happen when using the car. Then I took the car to a Toyota Agency to have the car be fix by this factory default. Which they told me were only going to fix the factory issue with the pedal but wouldn't fix the front bumper damage that the car presents because of the crash. I didn't agree in that since this was the car factory defect which led to the crash and the Agency had to be responsible for the damage of the car and all that involves. Which I contact directly Toyota and they only told me to access this website to do the complaint online.

- Maywood, CA, USA

problem #57

Apr 102010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph attempting to stop at a traffic light. The brake pedal was depressed followed by, a loud noise and jerking motion. An unintended acceleration occurred. The dealer was notified and stated that the failure was contributed to the weather and road conditions. The contact experienced the failures previously and was advised by the dealer that there was not a problem. An appointment was scheduled with the dealer for service repair. The failure mileage was 1,000. Updated 06/02/10. Updated 07/13/10

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #56

Jan 112010


  • 1,100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph with an unintended acceleration. The failure occurred after the recall repair was performed on the vehicle. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The authorized dealer was notified of the malfunction and was unable to provide further assistance. The failure mileage was 1,100. The current mileage was 2,000.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #55

Apr 082010


  • 1,413 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle surged forward resulting in a crash that destroyed the vehicle. There was smoke coming from underneath the hood. A police report was filed which included that two people sustained injuries. The fire department did not arrive at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure and current mileages were 1,413.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #54

Apr 072010


  • 150 miles
I bought a Toyota Corolla 2010 le on 04/03/2010, and when I drove it on the freeway first time, I was shocked/scared the way was steering/handling. I almost had two accidents with it because of the steering issue. When I drove it on the freeway I saw that the car is loosing balance (the back car shakes), I found stability problems (as if I drive in strong winds), and big steering problems (as I learn to drive a tricky bicycle). To get and maintain an almost control on the car direction I have to Focus my actions as my Corolla has only two wheels like a bike. I almost act as an equilibrate for a rope dancing. The experience of driving my Corolla showed that I have limited control over it, and most control I lost when I had to use sudden brakes at high speed - it was like on the ice. Back jumps and I stir in same direction; back jumps again in the other direction and I change the steering in the other direction too, and so on. These events occur almost every time I drove with speed around 60 miles/hour on the freeways that are not straight. The consequence is that I am afraid to drive my new car because I am not able to control it, and I risk an accident. I went to Toyota dealer, they said that they know the situation from other customers too, but nothing they can do about it. Please investigate this issues until is not too late, and people make accidents and injure. Thank you.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #53

Feb 062010


  • 2,500 miles
I have 2010 Toyota Corolla (VIN# [xxx] ) purchased on Oct 31 2009 from sansoneautomall, NJ. There is a problem with the steering column initially which started with some unique sound, then from Feb 2010 I was seriously facing steering freeze (will get harden) only 15-20% of steering moves when in 0' speed, for this I have visited my dealer service center 3 times but there is no use. Only with lot of disappointment and arguments saying "what is the reason to buy a brand new car to get problems" I was requesting to solve my problem. They simply said, there is nothing we can do if you have no other mean to commute its upto you and if you want you call Toyota head quarters for this. I even spent lot of time in calling main Toyota nr but simply I get voice message that "there is huge volume of call waiting please wait". I really wonder when I/anyone buy a car from dealer and if they cannot receive me assist me properly "where from I get the justice"??"". recently I found two more new problems they are: In a slope road car picks-up acceleration and maintains speed as if it is cruised and once I apply break after a while the speed comes to normal position other prob- fuel indicator stuck up to full level indi' even the fuel is low. With this I'm day by day getting depressed as I spent quite lot of savings (money) on the car to avoid any hassles buying a used car, but unfortunately its a disaster to me. I request to provide me needed solution to fix my depressing situation. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Edison, NJ, USA

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