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Crashes / Fires:
51 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
35 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,841 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #169

Oct 132021


  • miles


Was drive west down Gooding Ave in Bristol, R.I 02809 when my vehicle idle surged and car was going over 50mph with out my foot on the accelerator.. when trying to control the vehicle I couldn't even use the brakes stepping on the brake would not slow down the vehicle I ended up side swiping a vehicle at a traffic light and proceeded through the intersection through a fence onto a person's lawn Clearly this was a unintended acceleration issue

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #168

Sep 202021


  • miles
There have been multiple times where the car accelerates on it's own, suddenly. The latest was last evening. It usually happens when I'm just going to accelerate slighting (at a stop sign, or end of the driveway) where I give it just a little gas, and the car accelerates much more quickly than intended. I've looked for a recall, but cannot find one for this. Please advise.

- Bridgton, ME, USA

problem #167

Apr 142021


  • miles
2010 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes regarding unintended acceleration. The consumer stated the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified and suggested replacing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was repaired.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #166

Aug 012020

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles


Car suddenly all the dashboard lights came on at once brake lights, ABS lights, power steering lights, and speedometer. I've been to the dealership they ripped me off said they had no clue what was wrong.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #165

Feb 062017


  • 80,145 miles
My car suddenly turn on most of the dash lights: Brake, ABS, power steering, and the speedometer, temperature gauge, revolution gauge and air conditioner stop working. The vehicle was stationary when all tis problems stated start to happen

- Adjuntas, PR, USA

problem #164

Apr 082018


  • 98,346 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving at an unknown speed and attempting to stop at a traffic light, the brake pedal was depressed, but failed to respond and the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact shifted the vehicle into neutral and was able to stop. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer (vann york Toyota, 500 eastchester dr, high point, nc 27262, (336) 885-9016) where it was diagnosed that there was an acceleration malfunction. The vehicle was not repaired. Additionally, the local dealer requested a signature and statement regarding the incident and what occurred during the failure. The contact declined to sign the forms. The manufacturer was notified and opened case number: 180410871. No further assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 98,346.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #163

Mar 012018


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owned a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. While depressing the brake pedal to stop the vehicle, it failed to stop. As a result, the contact crashed into an electrical pole. The contact sustained chest and arm injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the home of the contact's sister. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Santa Isabel, PR, USA

problem #162

Dec 112017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle accelerated rapidly on its own. The brake pedal was depressed, but the brakes failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a wall and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained bruises to the arms and right knee, which did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer (adriel Toyota, carr 693 km 1.0, cruce de la virjencita, dorado, pr 00646, 1 787-626-3838) where it was diagnosed that the brake pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Orocovis, PR, USA

problem #161

Dec 082017


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. As a result, the vehicle was involved in a front end collision with a concrete wall. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the brakes did not respond. A police report was not filed. The insurance company towed the vehicle to a collision repair shop. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The contact suffered moderate head pain, scrapes, and bruises on the arm. Medical attention was required. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #160

Nov 102017


  • 76,000 miles
As I was transitioning from a stop to a slow start, the vehicle accelerated suddenly from 0 RPM to 5 RPM. I was able to slam on brakes to stop the vehicle but I almost crashed into another vehicle in the process. I was crossing a intersection - on a leveled street

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #159

Aug 312009


  • 45 miles


Since obtaining the vehicle in 2009 brand new, upon breaking gradually, it surges forward slightly when it feels like it should slow down. I have brought this issue up to my local Toyota dealership who denied any such inconsistencies. Also, there have been electrical issues for the past few years when turning on the radio; after pushing any button at any time, it will randomly change the display to nonsense characters or become blank.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #158

Jan 012014


  • miles
Car bolts when parking, taking off back or forward, from dead start or taking off from lights, stop signs etc. Has done this for yrs. Now. Son drove car and mentioned how awful that was and I never mentioned it to him. Friend did not believe me and tried it for one block. Said it was dangerous and horrible. I am sick of this happening and need to have it investigated. I am a very patient person but this is not good. Happens every time I drive it.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #157

Jul 282017


  • 75,000 miles
When needing to accelerate the car takes off like a jet rocket when the pedal is pressed. The car seems to be out of control and shaking violently. This happens usually on highway when going above 50. Feels very unsafe. This is a used car I bought. This happens on a regular basis.

- Florida, NY, USA

problem #156

Jul 062017


  • 176,000 miles
While driving on a street named hamner this afternoon on a warm day in the city of norco with clear skies traveling approximately 15 mph my 2010 Corolla did not stop at a distance of about 15 feet when I applied the brake pedal and that caused me to hit another vehicle. The brake system failure which felt like the anti-lock brake system where the brakes did not engage but rather made a pulsating movement against my rotors caused my vehicle to keep moving and inevitably I could not stop my vehicle. On several occasions I have brought this issue up to Toyota service departments at numerous dealers in the past years and I was given no solutions. The explanation after showing the technicians was that it was normal and should not be a problem. This brake issue caused me to not have braking system power to safely come to a stop prior to the collision today. I believe that Toyota is liable for the failure in the brake system including but not limited to the damage created today to not only my vehicle but also to the vehicle to which this accident today involved including any known or unknown injuries incurred. Please let me know what I can do to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #155

Jul 012017


  • 80,000 miles
Re: I haven't followed up on rcmn-10V017-5275 as I hadn't noticed a problem living in an area with level streets. However, when trying to park or leave a parking space on an incline or decline it is a problem. When moving in or out of a parking, I noticed that my gas pedal is very sensitive. It lurches my car quickly forward. This is not about my parking technique. Someone else familiar with parking on these streets is concerned about the car's acceleration. Is this issue related to needing a remedy to the above recall notice. If yes, can I get this fixed for free even though my notice has expired? what do you suggest.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #154

May 182017


  • 61,000 miles
Cruise control active, I made a speed change using the steering column lever when the engine went to 6,000 RPM in full acceleration. My speed was about 65 on a rural road prior to this event. I tapped the accelerator with no change, then the brake which cancelled the uncommanded acceleration.

- Chugiak, AK, USA

problem #153

Jan 182017


  • 110,000 miles
During the operation of the vehicle on a normal surface street during morning commute through city streets following traffic at speeds not exceeding 35 mph the vehicle seemed to have accelerated (sped up) during the application of the brake causing the vehicle to strike the vehicle in front of it. The damage to the vehicle struck was not visible due to the slow speed, but it did cause minor damage to the vehicle in question. During the event the driver perceived acceleration at the time of the application of the brakes and the sound associated with the anti-lock features being engaged. At the end of the incident the brake pedal was depressed all the way down to the floor. This is very concerning since the reaction of the vehicle was opposite of the driver command. The vehicle is part of the Toyota smart stop company recall, but the software update was not done since it is considered optional for the owner to do. Based on the reasons for the recall it is concerning that the condition it is addressing may have occurred. Because this report is based on driver perception I only request that the smart stop recall be addressed and possibly mandated to ensure that the issue is from the software that owners will take the time to have it accomplished.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #152

Apr 102016

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
I am the owner of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, whose VIN number is: [xxx]. 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 cost 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! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ave Maria, FL, USA

problem #151

Jul 152016


  • 101,200 miles
At approx 11:30 pm on July 15th 2016, my fianc, 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 fianc 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

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