really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,074 miles

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2012 Toyota Corolla steering problems

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2012 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #15

Oct 032014


  • 38,000 miles


My car steering is too loose, I float into other lanes, can't turn a corner safely or freeway onramp. The car blows in the wind, blows into other lanes. Cannot drive in the wind on the highway. The wheels slip whenever it is wet, and traction control does'nt seem to control it.cant drive in wind or corner at all.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Aug 282012


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. As a result, the vehicle veered to the left and to the right. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician informed that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #12

Aug 012012


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, she attempted to turn left but the steering wheel pulled to the right. The contact stated that she applied the brakes but that caused both of the passenger side tires to become lifted off the ground. As result, the vehicle flipped onto the driver's side and rolled over several times. The contact sustained minor cuts and bruises however, the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #11

Dec 102012


  • miles
2012 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle sudden acceleration and steering problems. The consumer stated when she slowed/braked for a dip in the road, the vehicle surged and then idled at a speed of 10-15 mph, without her applying the gas pedal. The consumer stated due to the sudden acceleration and high idle she had to use her brake and put the vehicle into neutral in order to de- accelerate. Also, the vehicle would veer to the left, which made the steering hard to correct. The tires were balanced and checked.

- Kimball, NE, USA

problem #10

Oct 302012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 6,780 miles
At highway speeds when there is any kind of wind (eg. Head wind, cross wind, tail wind), the vehicle is almost uncontrollable and changes direction without driver input. ***very dangerous***. notified dealer at 5K service and was told there was too much air pressure in tires. The change of air pressure by the dealer made no difference, and I have experimented with higher, lower, and 35 psi in all four tires. Without winds, the car drives absolutely straight and stable on the same roads that I drive daily. I do not feel safe and don't believe I will keep this otherwise nice car for very long.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 192012


  • 300 miles


At speeds above 60mph on interstate driving, vehicle feels like it is being blown all over the road. Very hard to keep vehicle centered in lane even on non windy dry condition days. Something in steering seems to be cause of problem. Vehicle does not feel safe above 60mph on interstate highways. Vehicle seems to blow to the right and left and very hard to stay in lane.

- Grantville, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012012


  • 4,250 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the steering wheel made a rubbing noise while it was turning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that it was normal for the steering wheel to make that noise. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,250 and the current mileage was 4,500.

- Milan, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 022012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
Approximately 10 working days have past after arbitration of the eps(electric power steering) of my 2012 Toyota Corolla S in which today in the mail came the denial. I entered into a claim to have don mcgill Toyota of houston purchase this car back. Please everyone, the eps system is not a component you have to adjust your level of driving experience to suit theirs. The eps is unsafe and will cause an accident, it's a shame that a death or bloodshed is the only means by which Toyota will open their eyes! sadly though it is often how the consumer at the end of the day has his voice heard.. the steering system on this vehicle can be down right dangerous! you are foolish to buy this car and this is my lesson learned. Heed this warning for anyone wanting to purchase this automobile. I am no longer a loyal Toyota customer and the care at which those that represent the automaker afford their customers. I look forward to the day I can rid my hands of this potentially lethal automobile with it's uncontrollable steering system.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 022012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 5 miles
I purchases a new 2012 Toyota Corolla this year. On (first day) the way home from the dealer I noticed the vehicle tends to sway in the freeway. It feels similar to driving on a windy day. I am concerned about the safety of the vehicle. I have taken the vehicle to the dealer two times, however, the problems still persists. What rights does the customer have in these types of circumstances?

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 232012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 320 miles


Vehicle steering has poor on-center feel. When vehicle is driven over 30 mph, the wheel can be turned an inch right or left of center and it will not return. This results in additional driver fatigue from steering corrections to overcome the dead spot near center. Bright colored and chrome trim panels near gear shift console cause distracting glare under bright sunny conditions.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 052012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
(1) 2012 Toyota Corolla, 4 doors,4 cylinder. When you drive the car at a speed of 65 mph or higher the car's steering wheel always steer to the left side and you always have to handle firmly all the time. (2) when you roll the rear window all the way down, the back window, doesn't matter which one, you will get a loud vibration and this will hurt your ear drums or even can damage the ear drums.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #3

May 282012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 3,800 miles
This is the second time I report this issue. I logged 1,500miles roundtrip from houston to el paso. This is also the 4th longest trip I have taken in this car. The problem is the steering is dangerous over 65+ mph! the front end of the car feels like it floats at highway speeds. I have zero feeling of the road from my hands to the wheels. The car tracks and never stays true on the road. This is constant and not intermittent which means I am focusing more on the steering issue then on the traffic. I am either overcompensating for any slight movement of the steering wheel to barely touching the wheel to keep this car remotely driving straight in the center of the lane, and that doesn't help! it worsens at speeds of 75+mph. Someone is going to get hurt! please recall this eps system now!!!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

May 212012


  • 50 miles
I test drove a new 2012 Toyota Corolla le today and was surprised to find that, at freeway speeds (65 mph), the steering did not track well (likes to drift sideways, but only slightly) and my constant steering corrections seemed to jerk the vehicle (and driver) side to side slightly. The slightest steering corrections caused my body to jerk slightly with the car (maybe it's caused by a tight suspension combined with tight steering). This jerking was not a comfortable feeling. You need to be "very" steady on the steering wheel to avoid what seems to me like the car's overcorrective steering. I tried to be as steady as I possibly could and kept it under reasonable control and was reasonably comfortable, but in my opinion, this car has some steering "problems" (steering is too responsive and possibly overcorrects). When I got to a toll booth off ramp, I was leaning over and reaching for my wallet when I overcorrected the steering and it scared me "a lot." That has never happened to me before. At lower speeds the Corolla seemed to steer ok. I own a 99 Buick and have never felt this jerky/overcorrective steering. I also test drove a 2012 Honda civic and did not notice any kind of steering problem like the Corolla's, although even the civic had faster steering response than my 99 Buick and I had to get used to it. I am not affiliated with either company and my comments here are fact. One concern that I have is when the road is icy or covered with snow, I would worry that the jerking could break the tires free from a slippery surface and cause a loss of control.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #1

May 052012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The component/system is known in the industry as electric power sterring(eps). I purchased my new Corolla S on 26 March 2012. I traded in my 2009 Toyota Corolla base that did not have eps. My Corolla S was ordered and I waited approx 2 months before it arrived. I did not test drive the 2012 model(I trusted the model) and have never driven a car with eps to my knowledge. Since I am a prior owner of a Corolla I can write this with very good credibility. I started noticing this over steerage as I began to drive the car at length and distance and speeds up to and over the limits here in Texas. This includes my wife as well. Here on this form I have entered two dates but this has been from day 1. at higher speeds it is much more evident, at lower speeds not as noticeable but now my mind is telling me to be careful. The speed I listed here on this form is only an example I really wanted to just enter all if I could. I get the feeling I have no control over the steering system. It's far too sensitive. I feel I have to hold less the steering wheel to keep from compensating for any slight deviation as the system really does what it's seems to do on it's own. This is disturbing and quite dangerous! I delivered my car 04 may to the service dept. To see if they could fix the problem. Yesterday 05 may on a stretch of open highway I exceeded the Texas posted speed limit to see what effects would take place. This overage gets amplified! this may cause a serious accident! I feel I have to relearn how to steer a car, is this possible? please act on this now!

- Houston, TX, USA

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