really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,004 miles

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2012 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 212016


  • 76,902 miles


Failure of the ABS brake controller caused 3 lights on the dash to intermittently light (ABS, traction & brake) during all driving conditions. Sometimes the brake light would be off while the ABS & traction lights were on, and other times all three lights would be off. A computer scan discovered a short in the ABS brake controller.

- Irving, NY, USA

problem #7

May 182016


  • 15 miles
When I driving was okay, it's only 20-25 miles speeding, I was trying to stop at the signal light, the break doesn't work and I stopped the car with side break. It caused the accident.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 172014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 28,394 miles
While driving northbound on interstate I-75 home during rush hour in the metro-detroit area, the vehicle sped up in excess of 90mph! I almost caused a collision. The gas pedal did not react to my foot not even being on the pedal! I braked and pumped the brake to only control my speed. When I finally got the vehicle to park, the engine was still running at a high rate like the engine was reacting to pressure on the gas pedal. The car smelled like smoke from the brake pad. If it wasn't for the brake pad, I might of been more severely injured or worse. I plan to take the vehicle back to the dealership and see what they can do. But please, please, please help my family and I out.....we have a 2014 Corolla VIN # [xxx], another 2008 Corolla VIN # [xxx], and just recently a 2014 Toyota rav4 VIN # [xxx]............it was a very scary ordeal....I'm very concerned for the well being of my family driving these vehicles. I thought the issue was fix already"???" maybe not. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 172014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


While waiting for the traffic light to change and my foot on the brakes, the car suddenly accelerated and despite shifting to park and pulling on the emergency brake the car continued to rev very high for several minutes. Just prior to acceleration, the car's brakes became very soft and sunk all the way to the floor of the car as if someone had depressed the power in the brake line. I turned off the engine and waited for about 2 minutes and restarted the car. The engine raced again at very high speeds with the emergency brake on and the car set at "park." I turned the car off again and waited five minutes. The car started normally and I then called my wife to pick me up. She drove the car back home and noticed the brakes were very mushy and she felt a slight acceleration. We took it to our Toyota dealership since it was still under warranty and they found nothing wrong with the car and asserted that I depressed both the brake and the gas pedal at the same time, which is utterly ridiculous. We have owned the car for 18 months and nothing like this has ever happened. There were more than five witnesses to this as I had blocked traffic at the light's intersection while other cars went around me while the car was racing. I have filed an incident report with Toyota but it does not look as if anything will be done with the unintended acceleration issue. I am a former lawyer and I take my complaints very seriously. Please help.

- Tulatin, OR, USA

problem #4

Feb 212014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 36,509 miles
As I was approaching a stop light, I began applying my brakes & slowing down.as I got closer to the vehicle in front of me I applied full pressure. My vehicle surged forward & I had the brake pedal completely to the floor. I could not swerve due to oncoming traffic. This resulted in me rear-ending the vehicle in front of me. I had only purchased the car a week before! I took the car into the dealership & explained what had happened. They checked out the braking system & said that it was working properly & they could find nothing wrong with it. This did not surprise me after reading the other complaints. As a result, I had to file with my insurance company which raised my rates. I am not happy about this! I have to drive 40 miles, one way, to work, and I am constantly fearing that it will happen again & that the results will be much worse. What recourse do I have?

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 122014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 21,711 miles
Accident occurred when trying to park Toyota Corolla 2012 in a grass parking space. Driver (me) began to brake to get into the designated parking space, the engine revved up and the vehicle accelerated (as if it has a "mind of its own") until it struck the vehicle parked in front, driver continued to apply brakes but vehicle did not stop and vehicle continued accelerating; the steering wheel turned to the right and struck another vehicle also parked. Driver tried to stop the car by shifting to "parking" but it just made a loud noise and the shift gear was stuck. Car was towed to the collision center of the Toyota deal, and requested an inspection to check for mechanical failures. After many unsuccessful follow up calls, the collision center manager communicated on 02/07/2012 that: "there was nothing wrong with the car as they tested and they could not make the car replicate the incident, " (the collision damage repairs were finalized on 02/06/2014.) note: A recall notice was previously received for airbag sensor defect. Car was taken to the dealer for repair prior to collision. At the time of accident, airbag did not deploy.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 032012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Last year I got into a motor vehicle accident which I believe was caused by brake failure on a new 2012 Toyota Corolla le vehicle I had purchased. I informed both my insurance company at the time and the dealership where I purchased the vehicle after the crash that something had gone wrong with my brakes causing the vehicle to spiral out of control. It began to veer in the opposite direction and swerving on the highway into oncoming traffic! I was not intoxicated, texting or doing anything illegal, simply on my way to work.no one took my comment seriously. Anyway when the vehicle lost control, I recall pressing the brake one more time to stop the swerving and then the vehicle completely lost control and began to flip over on the highway and clipped another vehicle. It then flipped over a few more times crashing upside down into a wall. I then received a citation for "improper lane change". I would never in a million years engage in reckless or erratic driving endangering the lives of anyone and especially not my life! I was simply trying to get to work and prior to this I had not had any "at fault" accidents on my record and I don't think it is fair that these motor vehicle companies, specifically Toyota, can get away with selling defective vehicles and in the end it is the consumer that must pay the consequence. It is a miracle that I even got out of this alive and upon calling several attorneys right after the accident and all the way until now, because I am not dead or seriously injured there is nothing anyone can do for me!

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162012


  • 2,400 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, she tried to depress the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The contact stated that she then shifted into park and the vehicle stopped. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they were unable to diagnose a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would be sending further information to her via mail. The failure mileage was 2,400.

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

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