really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,018 miles

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2012 Toyota Corolla seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jan 122017


  • miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 17V006000 (air bags). The dealer was uncertain as to when the manufacturer would supply the part. The dealer was to provide the option of a loaner vehicle. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact was not experiencing a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Grant, AL, USA

problem #20

Jun 172013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. While driving at any speed, the passenger side air bag indicator remained illuminated intermittently. The dealer diagnosed that the clock spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #19

Oct 162016


  • miles
Takata recall- I got in my car and I notice the airbag lights was on. So my wife got in the passenger seat and put her seat belt on and the passenger airbag light stay on.I haven't drove my car all weekend until this morning.

- Port Allen, LA, USA

problem #18

Sep 012016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the spiral cable needed to be replaced. The contact heard a clicking noise when the steering wheel was turned. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V014000 (air bags, seats). The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Elon, NC, USA

problem #17

Oct 172015


  • 36,000 miles
As I was driving on the highway, the airbag light for the driver's side lit up on the dashboard. It has never done that before; my vehicle was purchased in Texas, spent some time in Maryland during the winter, and now it's in Vermont. During those times, this was never an issue, until now. I assume that the cold weather in Vermont has something to with it and may be affecting the sensors. The total mileage on the vehicle is under 36,000.

- South Royalton, VT, USA

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problem #16

Jun 022015


  • 26,000 miles
This is just a request for information about the airbag recall, safety issue, no incident or accident. I see from the NHTSA report that my vehicle is on the recall list, but I have not been contacted and I called a dealership and the person acted like they did not know anything about a recall. I want to get my car checked out, and I am not going to pay for it. How do I do this?

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #15

Jul 212014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 190,000 miles


My husband was parking and the accelerator pad stuck resulting in the car lunging forward at a higher rate of speed flipping over.the air bags did not deploy as well. At the time we had no idea what happen. I saw online where a recalls were put in as well as compensation being offered to victims. We would like to know whom to contact about this.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 192013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The first accident in this car, I ran off the road and lost control hitting a tree. The air bags did not deploy. I sustained an injury from this accident. My left leg broke. The second accident, I clipped a deer on the front right of the car. The air bags did not deploy. No injuries resulted from this accident. The third and final accident, I rear-ended a truck at 60 mph. The air bags did not deploy. I sustained minimal injuries in this accident, mostly sprains and bruises.

- Lake Butler, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 292014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
As I was driving on the freeway, another vehicle lost control in front of me and I collided with it. The front of my car impacted the driver-side/rear-end of the other vehicle. I was going approximately 60-65 mph. I was wearing my seat belt, but my airbags did not deploy. As a result of the airbag not deploying, I have pain, tenderness, and soreness on my chest, neck, and back from either hitting the steering wheel or the seat belt crossing my body. As a direct result of the accident, my car was a total loss.....updated 01/12/15 updated 01/15/15

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 172014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated the while driving at 45 mph, the contact crashed into a deer that came into its path pushing the radiator into the engine block. The front driver and passenger air bags failed to deploy. The contact suffered injuries to the shoulder, neck, spine, feet and extensive nerve damage. The front passenger suffered a panic attack. The contact and passenger both required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Pikeville, KY, USA

problem #11

Sep 252014


  • 38,700 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while reversing, the brakes were engaged but the vehicle accelerated causing the rear end of the vehicle to crash into front end of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was repaired. Also, the contact stated that the failure occurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,700.

- Citrus Heights , CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 032014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 50,111 miles
Traveling West, a driver had came to a complete stop in the hwy and sitting there with turn signal, I slowed down thinking she was going to turn (it appeared as though she was still moving) looked at gps screen and looked up again to see that I was going to hit the rear of her SUV. Collision occurred with no air bag deployment. Had it not been for wearing a seat belt the results would have been much worse. My vehicle sustained 16,000 dollars worth of damage and was a total loss. Upon inspection both the air bag impact sensors were broken. The body shop who looked at the vehicle could not believe that the air bags did not deploy.

- Valentine, NE, USA

problem #9

Jul 022012


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while the passenger was seated in the front passenger seat, the passenger side seat belt and the air bag indicator light illuminated and flickered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 1000. Updated 08/11/14

- Montrose, PA, USA

problem #8

May 102014


  • miles
The airbag light is transit and doing even when the car is not in motion I just got this car and don't understand what's going on but I believe that it is very defective, and puts myself and my family in grave danger.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #7

Mar 052014


  • 7,100 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the radio failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that a rodent had breached the vehicle and damaged wires to the electrical components as well as the air bag. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 7,100. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Dec 032013


  • 16,400 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph and lost control of the vehicle, crashing into another vehicle. The front driver's side air bag did not deploy. There was a police report filed of the incident but no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to a collision shop and but had not yet been diagnose or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 16,400.

- Liberty, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 172013


  • 18,000 miles
I was involved in accident where I was T-boned on the driver side and pushed from the traffic lane onto sidewalk into telegram pole. The impact was so forceful that the driver side window exploded but was held together due to tine on window. Outside mirror shattered and glass came into car. I had seat belt on but somehow managed to bump my head on the windshield which was cracked. Suffered a mild concussion from ct scan. So from the front driver side, bumper and passenger side received extensive damage which made the car undrivable. During the course of the forceful hit and being pushed onto the sidewalk into the telegram pole, none of the air bags deployed. In this vehicle there are side curtain airbags which I feel should have deployed due to the impact of the other vehicle (1998 durango). Would like some research done before I take further civil action in regards to the defective air bags. The car has been totaled due to the extensive damage and the bending of the frame on the car.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 202013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
I believe there is a serious safety issue related to the placement of the air bag sensor. My wife and a co-workers wife were involved in an accident that severely deformed the front of a 2012 Toyota Corolla without triggering the airbag sensor.  upon inspection, it appears that the portion of the car that the airbag sensor is attached to, moved over a foot and a half without triggering the air bag sensor. As a former ase master technician and technical expert for the better business bureau, this may be a serious design flaw that could endanger the health and safety  of other 2012 Corolla owners. I file a complaint with Toyota usa and I am waiting for their response.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282012


  • 20,000 miles
The contact rented a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle in the left lane proceeded to enter the right lane, the contact swerved off the road to avoid a crash. As a result, she crashed head on into a pole and the driver frontal air bag failed to deploy causing the contact head to hit the steering wheel. The contact sustained injuries to the head, face, left shoulder, ribs, legs, and abdomen. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 20,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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