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 1 of 8)

problem #152

Apr 102016


  • miles


I am the owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, whose VIN number is: 1nxbu4ee6az209127. That car had a low mileage when I brought to germain Toyota in naples, Florida, to fix any problem at that time that had caused the ¿ engine light¿ to appear on the dash. I was told that the ¿gas cap¿ was the problem and that I needed to replace it; I followed their recommendation. But, one day after the same light appeared again. Disappear; therefore, I decided not to come back for that same thing. Recently, in several occasions the car suddenly stopped working while I was driving it both in local and highway 75 without any warning or sign that such thing was going to happen: ¿the gas pedal just goes to zero, that means the pressure went quickly and suddenly to no pressure, and three lights are shown on the dash.¿ thank god, I am still alive! I took the car to germain Toyota, they had urged me to replace the ¿battery, ¿ which I did. The problem resurfaced the day after. The second time, they asked me to replace the ¿ECU, ¿ which I did. That costed me more than $800, close to $900. The three lights reappeared after two days. I came brought the car back to germain Toyota, they told me that it was another thing that caused the problem. Last week, the first week of December, I brought it back to them for the same lights, and they told me to replace again the ¿gas cap, ¿ I paid another money, but the same problem continues to go on and on and persist every week. The dealer refuses to acknowledge and accept that it is a factory defect. Those things happened both in streets and highway I-75. I do not feel safe to continue to drive it anymore, and I do not want to sell it to place someone else's life in peril. Therefore, I ask your department for help. I cannot keep on spending almost every week for the same problem. I thank you in advance!

- Ave Maria, FL, USA

problem #151

Jul 152016


  • 101,200 miles
At approx 11:30 pm on July 15th 2016, my fiancÉ, myself and 2 of our friends were heading home from downtown miami on I-95. It was raining extremely hard, so everyone was going well below the speed limit. I would approx we were going 35-40 mph. The car in front of us slammed on his breaks due to the rain coming down extremely hard, and I proceeded to do the same. However instead of my car breaking, it began accelerating 10-15mph. Luckily there were no cars to my right and I was able to veer out of the way of the car in front of us, or else we would of been in a horrible car accident and possibly dead. As expected, my fiancÉ is extremely shooken up by what happened. I know this is a known issue with the 2010 Corolla and I have taken my car in for all the recalls and inspections but obviously there is something still wrong with the 2010 Corollas because I almost died tonight die to unexpected acceleration

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #150

Dec 212015


  • 54,900 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. Every time the contact removed her foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated independently. When the vehicle was parked, it accelerated and made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,900.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #149

Aug 012015


  • 76,000 miles


When applying the brakes, my car will rev up. Especially when I'm going down hill. Another concern is that my car will make a 2-3 second rattling noise upon starting up. It only makes this noise once in a while and it is coming from the engine. Another issue I'm having is the car's check engine light, track light and vsc off light coming on simultaneously on any rainy day and staying on for several days after it has stopped raining. I avoid driving at fast speeds when its rainy because obviously the car is very unstable. My driver side window wont open or close and very cold days and other days it makes a weird noise. I just bought this car used and it has about 79K miles on it.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #148

May 012013


  • 55,000 miles
Every time I accelerate forward or reverse, my car jumps quickly. Scarey and almost have hit things. I accelerate very cautiously every single time but not fun!!! waiting for the big hit!!!! not "if" but "when?" not my imagination. My grown son, hates to drive my car. He says the same thing. Happens anytime I accelerate from a stopped position. Stop signs, parking places, garage entering or leaving. Started about 2013 and continued since, every single time. Now 10/07/15.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #147

Aug 212015


  • 47,000 miles
I was driving 99 South in South sacramento last Aug 21 2015, at around 2 pm. My lt foot was on the brake as I stopped to glance at my blind spot on my rt side so I can take hwy 50 toward lake Tahoe, when I turned my head to the front, I noticed my car was moving forward on it's own, so I pressed the brakes all the way down and I lost control of the car, I felt the brake stucked to the floor and the only reason the car stopped is because I was on bumper to bumper traffic and my car hit the car infront of me. My car had only had 47000 miles on it. 2 weeks prior to that I took my car to the dealer for oil change and he said I need new front brakes on the next oil change. As a result of the accident, my car is totalled. Fortunately no one was injured! the policeman took report. I called Toyota customer service in torrance and she suggested to inspect the " black box " or edr of the car then she asked me what I want from Toyota! after the accident, I found out that there were lots of recalls on Toyota matrix up to 2012 but I never received any notice from the mail nor the dealer fix the recall whenever I take my car for oil change!

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #146

Jul 302015


  • 77,000 miles


Vehicle accelerated at a high speed and caused a crash to stop the vehicle into a brick wall. Notification of recall on the vehicle was never received.

- Winfield, IL, USA

problem #145

Jun 162015


  • 46,281 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While entering the garage, the vehicle accelerated without warning and pulled to the side. As a result, the contact crashed into the side of the garage. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,281.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #144

Apr 212015


  • 16,000 miles
Traveled approximately 80 miles round trip. Pulled into driveway of passenger and stopped. Car was idling then suddenly surged forward. Had to stomp on brake hard, but still hit garage door causing damage. This was the third incident with my car and I am now afraid to drive it. Second incident occurred when I slowed at a stop light which was green preparing to turn right. The car suddenly accelerated and I stood on the brake as I turned the corner. The car sounded like all the bolts and motor were falling out before it righted itself. This could have been a very serious accident.

- Windom, MN, USA

problem #143

May 072015


  • 63,865 miles
Inspection by auto repair facility (brookhaven automotive, norman Oklahoma) revealed driver and passenger air bags were not working, along with horn and speed control unit. Clock spring and spiral cable kit found inoperative and replaced by facility at cost of $339 (parts & labor) to consumer. The spiral cable unit was subject previously to recall and was so replaced at no charge by fowler Toyota, norman Oklahoma, on 12/02/14. Shouldn't these safety defects be covered by the manufacturer" especially the spiral cable unit that was just replaced under recall on 12/02/14" [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #142

Apr 282015


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to rev and independently accelerated to approximately 60 mph. The contact attempted to slow down, but the vehicle continued to accelerate independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Seagrove , NC, USA

problem #141

Dec 152014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While at a stop light, the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #140

Jan 042015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 53,325 miles
The car was parked in the garage. It was running in park with the emergency brake on. My wife put her foot on the brake and released the emergency brake. At the same time she released the emergency brake the engine revved up dramatically. The RPM's increased as if she had the accelerator pedal to the floor. It kept that up until she shut off the engine.

- Belgrade, MT, USA

problem #139

Dec 262014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 23,203 miles
I was starting to back out of a diagonal parking space and suddenly the car rapidly accelerated and backed across two lanes of downtown business traffic colliding with a vehicle parked diagonally across the street. When my vehicle started accelerating I stomped on my brake but the car did not stop until it hit the other vehicle. I believe this is an incident of "unintended low-speed surging" as reported on the internet and under NHTSA action number DP14003.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #138

Jul 052010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Toyota Corolla. Consumer stated his wife was stopped at a traffic light, when the vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit the vehicle in front of her.

- Saint John, IN, USA

problem #137

Sep 112014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While approaching a stop light, the vehicle accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact crashed the vehicle into a fire hydrant. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a bruised knee and the front passenger's forth vertebrae in the neck collapsed, which required medical attention. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The speed was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #136

Sep 242014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Entered head in parking spot in enclosed public garage, car was positioned crooked within lines, backed up minimal feet to correct to a parallel position, put in drive (foot on brake) car lurched forward violently perhaps 5 to 6 feet into a braided restraining cable at the front of the space. Front end damage to body, headlight, jammed passenger door, front of hood, possible radiator and/or A/C condenser. Repairs are beginning at Toyota collision center, 410-525-1000, 15001 S.caton ave. Halethorpe (baltimore) Maryland. Estimate is $3500 - my share $1000 deductible with Liberty mutual. Floor mat recall has been done and fix was completed, have not been notified yet re steering column cable repair. A check on the NHTSA website of my serial number does not include this car in the acceleration issue. If nothing else, I would like to have the gas pedal correction in this recall to be done on my car anyway, even though it does not show in your recall listing - can this be done?? can you request this of my dealer - russel Toyota 6324 baltimore national pike (410-788-8400) - baltimore, md?? otherwise, I will be scared that this could occur again at any time!!

- Fulton, MD, USA

problem #135

Jun 082014


  • miles
This is a petition for an investigation into low-speed surging in the 2006-2010 Toyota Corolla with etcs-I, in which the brakes fail to stop the vehicle in time to prevent a crash. This request is based on first-hand experience in which multiple low-speed surge events that occurred while driving our 2010 Corolla. The latest incident resulted in a crash on June 8, 2014. In addition to the evidence from our crash incident, we are providing evidence that many other Corolla owners are experiencing similarly unsafe scenarios that are leading to crashes. See document files for copy of full petition letter and supporting material.

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #134

May 312014


  • 58,948 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while parking, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms as the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The accelerator pedal also sank to the floor board. The contact depressed the brake pedal with force. However, the vehicle continued to accelerate and crashed into a parked vehicle. The contact suffered injuries to the back. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further inspection. The failure and current mileage was 58,948.

- Flushing , NY, USA

problem #133

Jun 022014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to steering and other vehicle problems. The consumer stated the skid light would come on at any time, even if she was driving slowly. When going around a corner, controlling the steering was somewhat of a problem. If it were snowing, or raining, the rear end would slide out to the point, the skid light would come on. There were times, when the vehicle would not start. The consumer also stated she heard a clicking sound from the vehicle, then all of a sudden, the vehicle took off. The incident happened several more times. Updated 11/13/14

- Manchester, PA, USA

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