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 7 of 8)

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problem #32

Feb 262010


  • 10,200 miles


On Monday (March 1st) Toyota service called me and told me that according to Toyota engineers┐ report, there is nothing wrong with the gas pedal and they said there is nothing to worry about the car. Toyota's official explanation is ┐operating as designed, the ECM will command high idle at times for proper emissions system operation┐ this explanation does not make sense since there is a serious safety issue here; I am driving the car in the 5th gear and around 3000 RPM. When I need a sudden stop, I let go the gas pedal and hit the break. The ECM 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.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #31

Mar 012010


  • 3,750 miles
1. regular driving under normal condition, sometimes for several minutes, sometimes for a few seconds. 2. speed control does not seem to be consistent. RPM meter would go above normal 2000 revs per minute even when the car is in neutral. 3. was repaired by dealer as part of the gas pedal recall. The problem continues. 4. I do not think it has to do with the gas pedal, it appears to be a problem with the throttle control as the RPM meter clearly shows the revs are way higher than normal. In fact, after the gas pedal recall repair, our 4 months car now burns more gas than before.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #30

Feb 222010


  • 7,000 miles
Toyota recall, how can you expect us to bring our vehicle in for this recall to put on precision-cut steel reinforcement bar on accelerator when CEO of Toyota can't guarantee the problem will not be solved" this was stated on nation wide tv. This car was purchased for my college student daughter and I will not let her drive it as I do not feel she will be safe. What are my options"

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #29

Mar 032010


  • 1,400 miles


I drive Toyota Corolla ls 2010. I was driving to work today approximately with 45M/H. I was getting ready to take an exit from the highway, I saw couple cars were stopped in the middle of the exit approximately meter away from me. I decided to reduce the speed and getback to the highway(to get around them so I can take my exit. I hit my brake slightly to slow down my car did not even change speed, I tried couple times nothing happened. Then I decided to step on the brake all the way my car did not change the speed at all it was going at the same speed. My car was traveling straight road for 7-8 seconds, then I had to make a quick decision so I will not hit the cars that was onfront of me(they were stopped in the middle of the road for some reason) because I was getting too close. I decided to get back to highway so I willnot hit anyone. But after I tried to get back to the highway I totally lost my control of the car. The car moved with no control for several seconds then I and up in the middle of the highway. I was lucky everyone was behind me and they stayed away from my car. I just took my car to be fixed from the sticking acceleration problem. I believe my breaks did not worked at that point and my car was moving with the same speed. Afterward I was able to move my car and my brakes were working. I am worried to drive that car. I do not feel safe. I could of hurt the lady and her kids that were behind me.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #28

Feb 262010


  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) my 2010 Corolla has had the gas pedal recall completed and now when car is in park I can watch the RPM's of the motor fluctuate from 1000 RPM to 1400 rpms with out touching the gas. Also it now idles at 1000 RPM compared to about 800 before. I have not contacted the dealer yet but I just wanted this information reported to you. I feel that Toyota has not solved this problem do you. [xxx]

- Victor , NY, USA

problem #27

Feb 122010


  • 2,376 miles
This is the second time I am contacting you regarding a complaint with my 2010 Corolla. I first called the NHTSA 800 number with this written complaint and was told I would receive a hard copy in two weeks (I have yet to receive it). So once again I am putting this complaint in writing, so I have proof that it was filed and sent. I hope that something gets done with it once and for all. The complaint is regarding Toyota's new pedal recall part. It does not correct the acceleration problem. My car accelerated over 80 mph on Feb.12,2010. Toyota put in the recall pedal that morning after I brought the car there. On the way home from work on Feb 12, the car exhibited more acceleration issues. That was when I called to report it with the NHTSA. The car then accelerated again on feb15 with the new"pedal recall in". I was driving up a long onramp onto the interstate at approx. 35-40 mph, and the car took off to over 80 mph. I was injured. I called again to your Agency to report this on feb15th. I got the car back from Toyota on Feb 19th. They said "the car was fine. It is normal for Corollas to accelerate to 80 mph". that is total bull! the car's pedal started sticking on Sunday, February 21. This called more RPM & acceleration problems with the car. Also the brakes are going down to the floor. The car has gone thru a 5 way intersections stop light and a stop sign. I have had to use the emergency brake to stop the car.

- Enosburg Falls, VT, USA

problem #26

Feb 262010


  • 15,000 miles


Purchased my 2010 Toyota Corolla S in July and it has been recalled 3 times. Had accelerator pedal fixed weeks ago. Yesterday while brushing snow off car it began to rev and accelerator pedal had depressed itself and stuck. I had to manually pull up the pedal. I use this car for work and drive approx. 2500 miles per month. I Transport clients and children. I bought a Toyota for safety and resale value! I do not feel safe in this car. I have tried to trade it in and dealers will not take it. It is unsellable and unsafe. I want Toyota to take this car and give me my money back. It is a bad product!

- Greenfield, MA, USA

problem #25

Jan 222010


  • 154 miles
While driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla le the steering wheel unexpectedly jerked away from my control. In addition, the power steering and braking system is making strange sounds, such as hissing, pings and cracks. I took the car to Toyota dealership and mechanic stated it is probably the electrical system. He also stated that Toyota will probably recall car due to complaints with powersteering. Due to the above issues and recent recalls on my car, my wife and I don't feel safe and secure in car. We are scared of dying like other Toyota owners have in the past. We would like a full refund of $17, $209.97 from Toyota motor sales usa.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #24

Feb 172010


  • 4,518 miles
I pulled out of a gas station. The car began to accelerate on its own. I stepped on the brake but the car would not stop. I steered back into the gas station and stopped by going into a snow bank. I lost complete control of the car. The car was towed to Toyota and I called the 800 number. They told me not to have the car repaired by the local Toyota. The car was towed to my house. After repeated phone calls. No one has looked at it since.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #23

Feb 092010


  • 5,000 miles
Toyota Corolla S 2010 [xxx] with extra stabilizer bar kit, purchased 11-30-09 with delivery in 12/09. 1) approximately 1 month after purchase, the car starting to veer sharply right then left when driving on the highway, it was/is difficult to control requiring a tight grip on the wheel. It feels like strong winds are moving the car but winds are absent and road conditions are normal. This event comes and goes unexpectedly, generally lasts the duration of my commute once started, sometimes occurs with the tire pressure gauge but not always, sometimes occurs after rapid braking. It does not feel like an alignment or balance problem, the car darts from one end of the lane, to the median of the lane on its own. On this date 2-24-10 my local dealership filled the tires, and made a slight change to the left alignment they could not duplicate the problem and stated "this could be a matter of personal preferences" regarding how I felt the car drove when this occurred. The Toyota manager also told me today that they understand "there could be a problem but they have no direction on how to repair it." When asked then if he could guarantee my safety and that this would not occur again he stated no, but there was nothing for him to do. No injuries to date. I do not feel Toyota is making reasonable efforts to quickly eliminate this problem, acknowledge a problem, and do not wish to resolve this with statements regarding my personal preference for the drive, and since this in their opinion is not reproducible for them it is not a viable problem for them to repair. 2) on approximately 2-11-10 I had to use my brakes in an emergency situation in which my brakes were temporally non-response. I had to downshift the gears, remove my foot totally from the gas pedal, and maneuvered the car away from the other stopped car. No ABS was felt, the brake pedal was depressed fully, this occurred at hwy speeds. No acknowledgement of problem or remedy proposed by toy currently.

- Sardis, MS, USA

problem #22

Feb 102010


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving 60 mph using the cruise control the vehicle suddenly accelerated from 60 mph to 70 mph without warning, in order to stop the acceleration the contact had to deactivate the cruise control. The contact also noticed that whenever she applied the brakes they hesitate to engage increasing the stopping distance. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings, the current and failure mileages were 2000. Updated 4/5/10

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jul 152009


  • 350 miles
I drive a 2010 Toyota Corolla. There is something wrong with the antilock brake system; especially if I am trying to apply the brake to slow the car and am making a right turn(even slightly turning right). It's like the brakes lock up and the steering gets like a mac truck. This also happens when I go over a bump and/or pothole. It most recently even happened when I was driving down the highway and there was a slight right curve in the road and I wasn't applying the brakes. I took the car into the dealership today and they could find nothing wrong. Within an hour of leaving the dealership; it happened twice yet they couldn't duplicate the problem. I have a brand new car and am afraid to drive it. Supposedly my car wasn't recalled for the gas pedal because it was made in Japan but feel like the gas pedal is sticky at times. I am very upset because I just put all this money out and I have an unsafe vehicle to drive. My daughter and I were going to try and drive across country this summer and now we cannot possibly for we donot feel safe in this car. Toyota should have to buy back the vehicles. I believe there is a much bigger problem causing all this that they are not admitting and/or have not found yet. I didn't complain or take the car back right away because I had similar problems with the Scion xd and was told there was nothing wrong again and again. This is an ongoing problem.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #20

Feb 202010


  • 4,000 miles
While driving on the interstate in speeds in excess of 75 miles an hour, my 2010 Corolla shakes violently in all conditions. I also have an issue when slowing down where the gas pedal will take longer than what is expected to return to an acceptable area and stop accelerating. This second issue has nearly caused several accidents. I have brought this up to the dealer where I purchased this vehicle some three months ago and was told a solution is not readily available and I will be contacted when one is. Both problems have convinced me to carpool to work until a solution is identified.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #19

Nov 082009


  • 3,000 miles
Our 2010 Corolla had a sudden acceleration problem while driving on the highway. The car was put on cruise control and shortly there after, suddenly accelerated to a frightening speed. The brake thankfully worked. We haven't used cruise control since. This was terrifying. The date is an approximation. We reported it to our dealer and they just dismissed it.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #18

Nov 162009


  • 6,324 miles
Steering and gas throttle problem. Sometimes having difficulties steering the vehicle straight and it feels like you 're not in control with the wheel. Even sometimes at lower speed. Regarding gas throttle there are times that the gas pedal is not responding while you are steeping the gas pedal. It's like driving on a neutral gear. We have not reported the steering problem but we have reported the gas pedal issue twice to the dealer. It so happen that the 2nd complain we did was the time they started doing the recall. Gas pedal where change as the recall required.the steering problem is now a newer concern for us. We have experienced the problem with steering before but we just ignore it. Because it's been raining in our area during the fast few weeks. We where thinking that the roads are just wet and somewhat it is slippery to drive but even the weather had changed we sometimes experienced the same problem with the steering. Last encounter with the steering problem is today(02/20/2010).

- National City, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 152009


  • 6,000 miles
Problems with our Toyota Corolla steering does not feel right brakes are not right accerator pedal recall I have called Toyota and I get no reseults from my problems. My wife does'nt feel safe driving this car. I want Toyota to take this car back.they have told us no way.car has only 6,000miles on it.

- Wilder, VT, USA

problem #16

Aug 112009

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. Occasionally, when the contact attempted to apply the brakes he noticed the vehcle increased in speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that there were no problems with the brakes or brake pedal. The contact has noticed the failure immediately after the vehicle was purchased. The current and failure mileages were 4500. Updated 3/24/10 the consumer also stated the brake pedal went to the floor. The consumer also stated the parking brake was not holding. Updated 06/28/10

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 192010


  • 3,800 miles
1.driving Corolla 2010 on highway speeds above 55 mph, it becomes extremely difficult to control and keep the car steady in line, it feels like I am driving in heavy winds. 2. it happens almost every time the car reaches speed 55 mph and above. 3. to be safe drive on right most lane and keep enough distance from other vehicles.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #14

Jan 152010


  • 2,543 miles
Tengo un Corolla Y tngo problemas con la dieccion de mi auto una ves estaba en el freeway como a 60 millas Y trate de frenar porq otro auto SE me atraveso sin poner su direccional Y a alta velocidad Y no lo podia controlar el bolante SE hacia de un lado a otro eto me preocupa Y E llamado a mi vendedor para consular Y no me contestan nunca cualquier pregunta llamarme.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 152010


  • 241 miles
On February 15, 2010, I drove my 2010 Toyota Corolla for a short errand near my home. I stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, I proceeded to make a right turn. To keep the car under control, I gently pressed on the accelerator a little then pressed gently on the brake. When I removed my foot from the brake to return to normal speed, the car immediately accelerated without my touching the accelerator. I pushed hard on the brake and stopped the car. Then the car returned to normal operation. All this occurred within 10 minutes of leaving my home. At no time did I go more than 25mph. The pavement was dry. The car has less than 250 miles on the odometer. No, I have not received any letter from Toyota about the recall. After the incident, I called their customer service in ca. Their response, oops I should have gotten a letter but admitted none was sent. They will contact my dealer. 2 observations about the experience, if my hard braking did not work the car would have kept accelerating, the surge was powerful. Also, the engine did not rev, the car just seemed to get a signal to accelerate to a certain speed. Yes, the experience was scary and dangerous. Before, I was willing to give Toyota the benefit of the doubt, but it's hard to see how my gas pedal would get stuck after 240 driven miles. Please, do your job. Toyota should permanently take back any care experiencing this acceleration. These cars should be permanently off the road.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

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