NHTSA fielding Toyota Corolla steering complaints

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Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#1 Feb 10, 2010
The list goes on..... Prius......Corolla. If I worked for toyota, I'd be updating my resume.

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Kirk

Newton, IA

#2 Feb 10, 2010
I hope they are not limiting their investigation to 2009-210 models. I own a 2005 Corolla and have been complaining since 2005 about the steering problem. The only fix given was a wheel alignment and a warning that the factory will only go good for one alignment. I notified the factory that the alignment did not solve anything and was met with arrogance.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#3 Feb 10, 2010
Kirk wrote:
I hope they are not limiting their investigation to 2009-210 models. I own a 2005 Corolla and have been complaining since 2005 about the steering problem. The only fix given was a wheel alignment and a warning that the factory will only go good for one alignment. I notified the factory that the alignment did not solve anything and was met with arrogance.
See if you can contact the nhtsa directly.

“Most Honored Senior Member ”

Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#4 Feb 10, 2010
Kirk wrote:
I hope they are not limiting their investigation to 2009-210 models. I own a 2005 Corolla and have been complaining since 2005 about the steering problem. The only fix given was a wheel alignment and a warning that the factory will only go good for one alignment. I notified the factory that the alignment did not solve anything and was met with arrogance.
We suspect hundreds of millions of Toyota vehicles will be recalled for all sorts of defects, hang in there.
Geek in Corolla09

United States

#5 Feb 11, 2010
I told my Toyota dealer about my steering dilemma.They brushed me off just weeks after buying it from the lot new (had 600 miles).I wonder if it was returned.:(

The wheels look fine they find no problems.It will steer you right off the road. SCARRY!! I told my insurance agent 6 months ago about it.I was sold a cheap life policy for myself.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#6 Feb 11, 2010
Geek in Corolla09 wrote:
I told my Toyota dealer about my steering dilemma.They brushed me off just weeks after buying it from the lot new (had 600 miles).I wonder if it was returned.:(
The wheels look fine they find no problems.It will steer you right off the road. SCARRY!! I told my insurance agent 6 months ago about it.I was sold a cheap life policy for myself.
Kind of sounds like GM years ago. Apparently toyota needs to learn any customer you treat badly is no longer a customer.
Blake Carswell

Morganton, NC

#7 Mar 20, 2010
At the moment, I am more concerned about the ECM problem with 2005 Toyota Corollas. I am having a go-round with the dealership about it right now.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#8 Mar 20, 2010
The toyota has hit the fan, put a fork in.
Joan Synovec

Canyon Country, CA

#9 Sep 13, 2010
Kirk wrote:
I hope they are not limiting their investigation to 2009-210 models. I own a 2005 Corolla and have been complaining since 2005 about the steering problem. The only fix given was a wheel alignment and a warning that the factory will only go good for one alignment. I notified the factory that the alignment did not solve anything and was met with arrogance.
On August 25, 2010, I was in a very bad accident in my 2005 Corolla. All of a sudden, it went completely out of control and I crashed into an embankment. In other words, it did not steer where I wanted it to go. I thought I was going to die. I was not exceeding the speed limit. The body shop said there was $18,000 in damage. I bought a new 2010 Corolla because I thought the 2005 Corolla saved my life. Now I am wondering if the car actually caused the accident. Was there a problem with the wheels or the steering? I don't know.
Joan Synovec

Canyon Country, CA

#10 Sep 13, 2010
On August 25, 2010, I was in a very bad accident in my 2005 Corolla. All of a sudden, it went completely out of control and I crashedd into an embankment. In other words, it did not steer where I wanted it to go. I thought I was going to die. I was not exceeding the speed limit. The body shop said there was just under $18,000 in damage. I just bought a new 2010 Corolla because I thought the 2005 Corolla saved my life. Now I am wondering if the car actually caused the accident. Was there a problem with the wheels or the steering? I don't know. Also, the month before, July 2010, I had new front brakes, a new rotor and new struts installed on the 2005 Corolla. Could any of that maintenance have caused the accident. The car had 42,211 miles on it.

“Most Honored Senior Member ”

Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#11 Sep 13, 2010
Joan Synovec wrote:
On August 25, 2010, I was in a very bad accident in my 2005 Corolla. All of a sudden, it went completely out of control and I crashedd into an embankment. In other words, it did not steer where I wanted it to go. I thought I was going to die. I was not exceeding the speed limit. The body shop said there was just under $18,000 in damage. I just bought a new 2010 Corolla because I thought the 2005 Corolla saved my life. Now I am wondering if the car actually caused the accident. Was there a problem with the wheels or the steering? I don't know. Also, the month before, July 2010, I had new front brakes, a new rotor and new struts installed on the 2005 Corolla. Could any of that maintenance have caused the accident. The car had 42,211 miles on it.
Toyota’s poorly constructed and low quality vehicles are notorious for these problems. There were recalls issued for these defects. Good luck.
RP Young

Claremont, CA

#12 Jul 13, 2011
I have a 2005 Corolla that I bought new. It "wandered" right away and I took it back to the dealer. They did an alignment and when I found it still was hard yo handle, I took it aback again. I was told that it was properly aligned and that it was a "small car".
My daughter has a 2005 Corolla but it is the basic model. She says hers does not wander like mine.(Mine is an LE and hers is a CE.) I had an independent alignment last year and it is no better.
I think there is a problem with the manufacturer's specs.
hopefully helpful

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Aug 6, 2011
to all:
the issue i came across is that it is exceedingly dificult to replace alignment parts on corollas (tie rods, ball joints, struts) and it is simply not worth even a good mechanic's time or effort to replace these things. so they tend to reset the toe and camber and send you on your way, never having addressed the root cause of the complaint. the best thing any of you can do is a little research on your own, jack up the front end of your car and feel for worn ball joints and tie rods (google the how-to, very easy), and demand that the mechanic you take your car to replace the items you feel are actually worn out. these items are intended to be replaced every 75K - 150k miles (any one who says different is kidding themselves), and sooner if premature wear occurs (which is so common, it shouldn't be called "premature wear", just "wear").
Dan

Houston, TX

#14 Apr 2, 2014
Joan Synovec wrote:
<quoted text>
On August 25, 2010, I was in a very bad accident in my 2005 Corolla. All of a sudden, it went completely out of control and I crashed into an embankment. In other words, it did not steer where I wanted it to go. I thought I was going to die. I was not exceeding the speed limit. The body shop said there was $18,000 in damage. I bought a new 2010 Corolla because I thought the 2005 Corolla saved my life. Now I am wondering if the car actually caused the accident. Was there a problem with the wheels or the steering? I don't know.
on 4-2-14 I was just pullin off from a stop sign and I heard a pop so I get off the gas then apply two give it a little gas two move forward and that when the steerin when two the right

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