really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,155 miles

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2010 Toyota Corolla steering problems

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2010 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 11 of 18)

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problem #147

Feb 152010


  • 300 miles


While traveling at about 50 mph the gauges went instantly from 50 to 0. at the same time multiple warning lights came on the dash. The car still had power when stepping on the gas, lights and radio were still on. When attempting to turn to get off the road, then steering wheel clicked and locked. There was no steering. My brakes did work. It was as if the car had shut itself off and then back on, but didn't unlock the steering. The car was new with less than 300 miles on it. This was the first incident of this kind, I had no other problems with the car until then. The car was towed to the local dealership. It was tested the next day & I was told it was a speed sensor, but the sensor was not replaced. They connected it to the computer and reprogrammed it and said it was good to go. I refused to accept it until they could tell me why it happened and what they had replaced to guarantee it would not happen again. They were unable to do so and ended up replacing my car with a new one.

- Astoria, OR, USA

problem #146

Dec 302009


  • 5 miles
When I drove my 2010 Corolla from the dealer it had five miles on it. Within one half mile I realized that the car wandered left and right and needed me to steer left and right to keep the car in the center of the road. I knew right away that the problem was the caster adjustment was set so the caster was faced forward. I brought it back and the service mgr said it was designed to have the caster set forward by two degrees. I am 72 and a car guy. A forward caster will cause the car not to be able to steer straight. It was to be driven by my grand daughter who has 18 months driving experience. We brought it in for service to have the caster set to 'follow' rather than 'lead'. the service people said it was set to Toyota designs of two degrees forward. That is the problem along with, maybe, something in the electronic controls that might be adding to the problem. Someone is going to get killed. If Toyota doesn't speak to this and correct it I need to have this car replaced by an amish horse and carriage. Toyota has introduced a new feature that is deadly.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #145

Oct 142009


  • 15 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph on normal road conditions. The driver experienced a loss of steering control. The vehicle began to wander and drift during the travel. The vehicle was able to continue in operation with caution. The failure occurred at any given speed rate above 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for the inspection. The technician was unable to provide a remedy for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 15.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #144

Jan 192010


  • 1,600 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 40 miles per hour the contact began to lose control of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealer and was advised that the vehicle was fine. The contact drove the vehicle again and experienced the same failure. The contact was advised by Toyota that the problem was caused by the driver. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 3,000. The failure mileage was 1,600.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #143

Mar 012010


  • 6,050 miles
This was not a failure, but more of a constant problem. My 2010 Toyota Corolla has a serious tendency to want to wander in the lane. I drive to work everyday on the express way, about 25 miles. It requires constant monitoring and adjustments to keep the vehicle tracking straight. It actually feels like the car is always on a slippery road, even when the pavement is dry. As speeds increase the problem increases; it is always present. Never worse at one time than another. I have not reported this issue to the dealer, but I have an appointment today at 12:30 for the gas pedal recall, I will inform them of the issue as well.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #142

Feb 262010


  • 800 miles
I brought a new Toyota Corolla 2010 in mid January, and have experienced a possible steering problem for a couple of times when the speed was more than 60 mph. The latest one was in the afternoon of Feb. 26, when I drove on a highway with a speed of about 65 mph. It seemed the steering was very sensitive and difficult to control - a small movement in steering could easily cause the car to go to another lane. The situation became more apparent when the wind was strong - I felt the car was not stable at all.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #141

Dec 252009


  • 0 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 30 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle began to drift. The failure continued to occur intermittently. The dealer stated that it appeared to be safe at this time and she may need some time getting adjusted to electronic steering. The failure mileage was not available. The current mileage was 1,000.

- San Fracisco, CA, USA

problem #140

Feb 252010


  • 210 miles
Correction and addition to my 1st complaint. Yesterday I had to drive my husband home from the hospital and unfortunately I had to get on the hwy. The car road home was more worrisome than his surgery! the eps in the 2010 Corolla is just as dangerous as the other Corolla I had before it. Its blowing all over the road, taking me into other lanes, I almost hit other cars on the hwy, my husband got all distressed in the car and begged me to get him home so he could get out of my car which he now has dubbed a death trap. The car basically veers in and out of the lane your in. Its like trying to drive in the road ruts only there wasn't any because our stretch of hwy had just been paved with black tar and all was flat and nice on the road surface but the car still took me all over and im not alone when I scream to you please im begging you to come to my house and drive my car!!!!! I can guarantee you will recall this model as well!!! this is dangerous!!! no person should have to get see to there car blowing around like a kite in the sky. Im begging you please come drive my car!!! this is dangerous and I feel like im going to die in this car.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #139

Nov 152009


  • 250 miles
Bought new Corolla 2010 for my wife about three months ago. I thought right from the first drive that its steering wheel was very sensitive, that is, even small motions of the steering wheel appear to get amplified to relatively larger directional changes on the moving car. However, my wife did not think so. Typically, however, she drives it at slow speeds, like, at most 40 mph, as she avoids highways. We have never driven it at higher speeds like 65-70 mph where I understand some other Corollas start meandering. I don't know if it is the same problem I am describing above. But after having read about similar problems to 2010 Corollas, which are recently so much in the news, I thought we should report it too.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #138

Feb 152010


  • 1,700 miles
My 2010 Toyota Corolla will not drive in a straight line. You have to constantly keep moving the steering wheel to keep the car in the center of the road.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #137

Dec 172009


  • 4,900 miles


I own a 2010 Corolla-it is at the dealer again. Now I have heard there might be a problem. I was taking my car to the dealer before any of this news came out-asking them to check the front end. The cars keeps going in other lanes and has almost caused an accident. But the dealer insist there is nothing wrong with my car. Help at this point I am scared of the car. There have been several incidents.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #136

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 #135

Dec 202009


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. He stated that when driving 25 mph and making a turn the steering wheel stayed in that same position and never returned to the straight position. He also stated that when driving and trying to engage the brake pedal he had to apply a lot pressure on the pedal so that it could decrease the speed. The failure was duplicated and the contact advised that the vehicle was functioning normally. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 300 and the current mileage was 888.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #134

Feb 202010


  • 20 miles
Bought Corolla new Jan 2010. The current mileage is 2850 miles. The car will not go in a straight line while driving over 55mph. The car drifts to either the left or right without turning the wheel. Car feels as if you're driving in hard winds causing lane shifts without turning wheel. One must keep both hands tightly gripped to the steering wheel and continually over correct the wheel from left to right or right to left to keep the car traveling in a straight line at higher speeds. This problem occurs while driving on open roads. Took car to dealer, tech test drove car while I was a riding along and found car to not drive normal. After test drive tech tested car, car was checked in shop and found to have no problems within their testing capabilities. Wanted to keep car for further testing because he didn't know how to fix car but noted something was wrong with car. 4 days later I got a call from service department assistant manager stating that Toyota was aware of problem and they had no fix available for my cars steering. Was told that they didn't know when car could be fixed. When I ask for a loaner car until my new Corolla was repaired I was told they would have to call me back. I was called back within 10 minutes and told no loaner car would be given. After that call I got another call back from the same person stating that they were going to test drive my car too see what she thinks about the car. Within 5 minutes I get another call stating that she, the service department assistant manager, was in my car right now doing 70mph and there was nothing wrong with my car. Summed up: From 12:30pm to 2:30pm, the same day, I was told car had a problem that tech could not fix to there is nothing wrong with your car.. the next day I got another call from the dealers service department stating that some other tech had drove the car and nothing was wrong with the car. I was told that is how the car drives and I would just have to get used to it.

- Danville, KY, USA

problem #133

Feb 252010

(reported on)

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
2010 Toyota Corolla -- steering problem. Very difficult to keep car within travel lane when driving at highway speed. This is not related to wind gusts but occurs at all the times. Feels like there are dead spots in the wheel and there is little to no road feel feedback. The car does not track straight on its own but requires constant steering corrections. I am 69 years old and have owned and driven many cars/trucks including my 2002 Toyota avalon and my daughter's 1993 Corolla and have never before experienced the type steering issue that we have with our new 2010 Toyota Corolla. I believe this to be significant safety issue and if a driver in not paying 100% attention and constantly correcting to keep car within the travel lane the result could be disastrous. Toyota needs to be required to fix this steering issue with its new Corolla's. [this occurs all the time - but your form forces me to enter an incident date so I am just using Jan 1, 1901 to proceed with the form. Updated 03/19/10.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #132

Feb 082010


  • 714 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving 65 mph he was unable to keep the vehicle in the center lane because the vehicle veered to the left and right side of the lane. The Toyota dealer was called and stated that they would send a representative to pick up his vehicle and perform a diagnostic test. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 714.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #131

Feb 242010


  • 2,126 miles
Ongoing steering problem. At speeds above 30 mph the steering becomes overly sensitive causing the car to drift right and left and not track properly. Have to constantly adjust steering to stay in a straight line. No problem with vehicle alignment or tires. Just steering problem.

- Clear Lake Shores, TX, USA

problem #130

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 #129

Nov 142009


  • 400 miles
I bought Corolla 2010 in Oct 2009. I had the problem of it wandering and hard to keep the car in the lane. I took it to dealership and they told me it was alignment problem. After it was there for a day it started wandering in the other direction. Then they told me it could be tire pressure and took it back to the dealership. I still have the same problem and it wanders at speed above 50 mph. I saw there have been more reports about it and I hope Toyota does something about it.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #128

Dec 222009


  • 10 miles
I own a 2010 Toyota Corolla and am awaiting the repair for the accelerator issue. This complaint is related to the electric power steering. The car does not want to track in a straight line. You must keep both hands on the wheel and are constantly tweaking the steering wheel to the right and left to keep the vehicle driving straight. The higher the speed, the more problematic the steering is. Gusty winds make you feel like you could lose control at any minute. I am hoping that Toyota will step up and acknowledge an issue with the steering is the vehicle can be exhausting to drive like this. Each tiny input forces the car to veer in that direction immediately and you then correct to the other direction and it veers that way. I have never owned a car that required this much attention and effort to drive in a straight line.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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