really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,005 miles

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2008 Toyota Yaris steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Toyota Yaris Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 092015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Yaris. While driving 10 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and caused the contact to crash into another vehicle. The failure recurred several times. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 242014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated while at a stop sign and attempting to make a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V292000 (steering). The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 072014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Yaris. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering and brakes suddenly malfunctioned causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle and crash into an embankment. The air bags did not deploy. The contact suffered a left knee and back injury during the incident. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 062013

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Energy level in battery was sufficient to start Yaris but insufficient to keep/get the electric power steering motor to operate correctly. Result: My 80 year old wife was able to get out parking lot but after she tried to make right hand turn she ended up in oncoming traffic lane, fortunately 2 cars were able to swirl to their right hand side, hence collision was avoided. Alternator must have kick in because power steering started to work again. Event occurred in Mexico.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

May 102013

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 34,039 miles
Purchased 2008 Toyota Yaris sedan used in 7/09 for my daughter with 16,000 miles on it. She's at college so I drive it every other day to work which is only 10 miles. I began to notice a sound when I made a sharp right hand turn into a parking spot like the noise of an actual bar and also a rattle if I went over a small dip in the road. I was told it needed new tires on 10/12/12 @ 29,645 miles, I bought good, safe tires:Goodyear Eagle ls tires 185/60R15. On 5/10/13 I had her car serviced at Toyota: Oil change, tires rotated, inspection of air filter, ball joints, etc. Afterwards, as I was driving my daughter and I up to my son's college graduation it was 80 degrees/sunny/clear roads. 52 miles into our trip I was in the slow lane following traffic at 65 mph.watching the road, both hands on the steering wheel. All of a sudden the steering wheel jerked to the left and we began to go into a skid.I was avoiding other cars as I was trying to regain control of the Yaris. It was buckling under me each time I tried to carefully get us out of the skids.my foot was not on the brake but I had carefully pulled it off of the accelerator and I remember thinking why wasn't the car slowing down, it just kept skidding. After the 4th skid it went into a complete 180 degree spin with us slamming into the cement median.I slammed on the brakes as we went toward the wall. I have been driving for 35 yrs with no accidents and I have been in skids before, on icy roads & regained control. I do not know what caused the steering to malfunction. I have read about faulty bolts on the control arm. The auto repair shop did tell me they replaced the stabilizer bar.I have noticed since the repair the noise under the car is gone and the throttle no longer "screams" when I take my foot off the gas going downhills. We were not speeding, nor driving carelessly. This car does not have ABS nor anti-spin brakes.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 262013

Yaris 4-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
While driving the car at approximately 10 mph the ABS and brake lights came on. At the same time the ABS felt like they engaged. After researching the problem online I found out that many users in the us and Canada are having the same problem due to faulty ABS wheel speed sensors on the wheel hub. Due to the salt on the roads during the winter months, salt can enter the sensor and corrode the terminals. This is due to a poor seal between the connector and the wiring harness. When salt water enters the terminals it causes the ABS to act up. This is true for 2007 and 2008 models according to other Yaris users. It seems that the problem has been taken care of in 2009 models. But for owners of 2008 and 2007 models problem exists even after replacing the sensor and wiring harness with new ones. This is a major safety concern since the ABS system can engage at any time possibly causing an accident and/or injury to the driver and passengers.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 202012


  • 56,900 miles
My 4 year old 2008 Toyota Yaris with approximately 57,000 miles started making a clunking/banging sound when I would travel over small bumps or brake slowly. I took the car to my mechanic who looked at it and told me that I should take it to the Toyota dealer for repairs. He told me that a bolt holding the passenger lower suspension arm to the frame had corroded and sheared off. He said that if I continued driving it the entire passenger side suspension and wheel would likely break away from the car. He showed me a repair bulletin that Toyota had produced detailing the problem and stated that they should take care of it because it was an obvious manufacturing defect and since failure of that bolt could lead to a catastrophic accident. I took my car to the dealership and they looked up the bulletin and showed me that this problem was only covered as part of the basic 3 year warranty. I would be responsible for paying for the repair myself. When I picked up my car from the dealership they handed me what was left of the bolt they replaced and the other bolt that held the control arm in place. Both bolts were badly corroded and had been replaced with new bolts that the service manager told me were a different part number and were corrosion resistant. Toyota obviously knows that this is a problem because they are using different parts than the cars were shipped with from the factory. The Toyota service manager told me to keep my receipt because he expects this to be a recall issue and told me that I will be reimbursed when it is recalled. Please force Toyota to recall these vehicles before someone loses the front end of their car and their life because of a poorly constructed $5 bolt.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 022009


  • 36,600 miles
2008 Toyota Yaris.

- Scottsboro, AL, USA

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