Toyota Corolla Recall 2010: Power Steering problems could lead to recall

By Alan Ng - Feb 17, 2010

Forget the Prius Recall folks, we are hearing reports that Toyota may have to recall their most popular model, the Corolla, as a result of problems relating to power steering.

As reported from Huffington Post, this is another major setback for the auto maker, who are still in the middle of a crisis involving thousands of Prius owners.

The Toyota Corolla remains the company’s best-selling car, with around 1.3 million models sold around the world last year.

At the moment, the cause of the power steering problem is not yet known, but it may be related to the braking system or tires.

Do you own a Corolla? Let us know what you think of the situation. Full article through the link.

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  • Speedbird

    Our Toyota here? Unsafe at any speed!

    We now have a case of complete power streeing failure ( lock up! ) on a Toyota Aurelia that we were in and had covered only 62,000 km ( 37,000 miles!!!! ) here on the sunny spanish island of Gran Canaria.

    The cause of this extremely dangerous failure was a defective CPU of the electric power steering which meant complete steering failure – it completely blocked the cars steering and meant it could not be steered!

    Dealer here just said after the near accident and consequent repair ( replacement of defective CPU ) our complaint and a desk top analysis ” so what – do not waste our time and threaten us! ”

    Any suggestions?

    Great caring company Toyota!

  • kash

    please please do not buy 2010 corolla, this car is extremely danger to control in windy condition, I bought it in Ottawa canada, I call it earthquack in the car .

  • JimS

    My 8k mile 2010 Corolla is back to the dealer for the 4th time- this time to stay. I don't have to, don't want to drive that car. My 200k '98 Taurus is far more competent on the highway. All my miles are highway commute. Would rather drive the Taurus. Same sensation as others have reported- always feel windblown, cannot relax, or take eyes off the road. Even with hands off the wheel it feels like the kid in his firetruck on the sidewalk- side to side to side.

  • Don Kwasny

    Just bought a used 2010 Toyota Corolla 3 weeks ago with 30,000 km . for my daughter . She claimed the car was ,drifting all over the hwy. & very hard to control . I took the car to Toyota Dealer as it is still under warrenty .They changed the steering CPU and said that should solve the problem .Also had 4 new snow tires installed. The first day with the new CPU she was stopped by RCMP and asked if she was drinking .My daughter explained that there were problems with the car and she thought that the steering issue would have been corrected .She explained the car is hard to control on the Hwy. & keeps drifting to the right & left . The officer explained why he stopped her as the car was drifting on the hwy. So this new CPU unit is not a fix . Must be a major problem with 2009 /2010 Corollas as it is taking too long for Toyota to come up with a fix . I hope Tranport Canada & the NHTSA force a recall .

  • A.S.

    I bought a 2010 Corolla after owning a 2006 Civic for 4 years, any comparison would be almost unfair, let's just say they're two very different cars to drive, buy my main problem with my Corolla is on the steering. The new electric power steering has what I would call a "delay" over sterring input, it's to soft on highway speeds, which makes the steering wheel wander almost with the feeling of having some play, and the amount of over steering and body roll on tight turns is really scary, at least for someone who drove a 2006 Civic for 4 years. It's a good car, comfortable and with a smooth ride, but I ended up having to change the way a drive…

  • L. Kel

    Yes folk my 2010 corrola s is the same all over the road, I had 350 milea on it went back to the Dealer In tempe a.z. also hard braking went to the right, on my forth trip, that was it for I want a full refund my wife will not drive this death trap im going to sue for my money back now it`s worth about 12 & 13 k if you want to trade it in, if you have some you love Please Please keep them away from this death trapAll the best for you.

  • TRH

    Hello all,
    I have not yet experienced the "drifting" that a lot of others seem to have experienced. I am an owner of a 2009 corolla as well. What I have experienced happened the other day. As we were pulling out of the driveway our power steering quit all together. We have been driving this car for just over a year now and this is the first time it has happened. We back the car up, pulled forward again, shut it off for a few moments, then started it up to pull forward and still there was nothing. Since we both work 24 hr shifts the car had sat for that period of time. This morning I started it up went around the block and everything seem to be working ok. However; did not get up to speeds above 40 mph. I m now nervous to take it anywhere in fear of the steering going completely out. Dealership stated there has been no other complaints on this car and to just observe the problem to see if it happens again. So for all of you that have experienced your car drifting, did you first noticed the EPS going out first, or just the swaying? Thank you.

  • Andrew G.

    I have an 07 Corolla and at 10,000 mi. replaced all four tires with Michelin's which did correct the occasional wheel spin when pulling out into traffic (too much power going out to front wheels with not enough weight over them) and adhesion in slippery conditions (was positively scary beforehand, now just annoying). I suffered a 3 mpg. penalty in overall driving as a result.

    The car wanders all over the highway as a matter of course and is very fatiguing. My previous car was a VW, which I once drove 740 miles in one day with only one stop. Now I can't wait to get out of the Toyota after an hour and a half.

    Sure, it is economical, but it lacks utility as a conveyance if you demand much more of it than a ten minute commute on local roads.

  • Al Liftman

    Anyone having the same, problem as I have experienced with their 2010 Prius power steering? At highway speeds it is particularly noticeable: the car does not track well and constant adjustment to hold the car on course is required. I have been told unofficially that the steering system is the same as in the Corolla and the problem exists with that cars steering system too.

  • T. Owen

    I just purchased a 2010 Toyota Corolla and I have the steering problem it has become famous for; it wanders continually and would go right off the road without constant correction. The dealer sold me the car without saying a word about the problem and I discovered the government probe of the defect only after going on line. This is a terrible car and I strongly urge all interested not to buy a Toyota- and especially not the Corolla. It is the worst handling car I ever drove purchased from an unethical dealer.

    • Leonard McLaughlin

      I have a 2009 Corolla and I agree. the handling is atrocious. Sharp crisp turns are a thing of the past. The car drives like a garbage scow with a broken tiller. Lifeless numb electric steering ruins what might have otherwise been a decent car. This is not only the worst handling car I have ever owned but have ever driven. Something as simple as quickly slowing down then making a quick sharp turn is not possible in this atrocious contraption. The steering wheel and wheels on the car are variably out of synch. Electric steering totally sucks.

  • T. Owen

    I just purchased a 2010 Toyota Corolla and I have the steering problem it has become famous for; it wanders continually and would go right off the road without constant correction. The dealer sold me the car without saying a word about the problem and I discovered the government probe of the defect only after going on line. This is a terrible car and I strongly urge all interested not to buy a Toyota- and especially not the Corolla. It is the worst handling car I ever drove purchased from an unethical dealer.

  • Bruce Clifford

    . I currently own 4 Toyotas, and have owned more than a dozen, and have considered their products to be 2nd to none. My 1998 4x4Tacoma has nearly $2,000 worth of front end damage. My 1998 Camry has over 215,000 miles on it. My 2001 Celica GTS is about ready to hit the 140,000 mile mark. I was so impressed with these vehicles that I purchased a new 2010 Corolla S last month. This vehicle is not only the worst handling vehicle I've ever owned, it is the worst handling vehicle I've been in. Unsafe at any speed over 60, and if it's windy outside, or if you have to drive down a hill on a freeway in the wind it is absolutely scary.

  • Bruce Clifford

    I have been in the automotive field for 35 yrs. My father is a retired Ford designer. I work for one of the "big three" as a technical consultant. I currently own 4 Toyotas, and have owned more than a dozen, and have considered their products to be 2nd to none. My 1998 4x4Tacoma has nearly $2,000 worth of front end damage. My 1998 Camry has over 215,000 miles on it. My 2001 Celica GTS is about ready to hit the 140,000 mile mark. I was so impressed with these vehicles that I purchased a new 2010 Corolla S last month. This vehicle is not only the worst handling vehicle I've ever owned, it is the worst handling vehicle
    I've ever been in. I once was given a free Toyota Tercel with 300,000 miles on it with the original struts on it, and it handled better than this Corolla. This 2010 Corolla is unsafe at any speed over 60 mph. I dare anyone to drive one of these in a 30 mph cross wind at 70 mph, down hill. You would be safer driving a 1995 Corolla with bald tires, no brakes, and 10 beers in your gut. I'm serious. Go for a test drive in one. Don't piss your pants, and don't say I didn't warn you

    • Leonard McLaughlin

      i agree. Atrocious handling beyond anything I have experienced in any car that I have ever owned or driven. Cannot make sharp turns or manever crisply. no road feel or tactile feedback from the numb lifeless dull electric steering. Absolutely cannot relax while driving this God awful contraption. Wish I had never set foot on the lot of the Toyota dealership. I am amazed that cars like the new Corolla are being manufactured and sold. Terrible car.

  • Glenn

    I just dropped off my 2010 corolla at the dealership fort his exact problem. Its a band new car and drives worse then my 08 Corolla. I did'nt notice it until I started driving it on my 20 mile commute. Its a constant struggle to keep it going straight.

  • drock

    I have a 2009 toyota corolla and it has extermely light steering. Almost effortless to turn because of an electric power assist and I think that is part of the problem. It requires constant attention and correction to keep straight. On a calm day is like driving in a cross wind. On a windy day, you feel worse. I don't feel unsafe but must very close attention.

    Tires aren't the issue because it continued to do it after four new tires and rims. increasing the tire pressure does help some but it still requires constant attention.

    • ESB

      agree entirely with this assessment. Had new steering computer put in which didn't help much.

  • jack

    I own a corolla 2005 model. I found the power steer is not powerful, very heavy in small, slow turning, effectiveness of power steer is very bad, worst than Ford Falcon, Ford Falcon power steer is quite powerful. I believe, Toyota power steer's design is a lower standard in most of its cars.
    I teach driving. All young girl drivers all complaint of no power on power steer. Do you share same power steer problem with me.
    I am here in Melbourns, Australia.

  • M R POTTS

    i have just bought a 2055 plate corolla its the most comfortable to drive and reliable car i have ever owned just get on with it Toyota will make it right if you develop any problems JUST LOOK AT HONDA WITH THERE PROBLEM.

  • Anastasia

    I drive a Corolla and have said many times before that there was a problem with my front end and the steering…at times I feel like I have little or no control over my car or it feel like it is fish-tailing …in the front!!??

    The first time this happened I was on the highway and thought there was something broken under my car in the front end oh say like a stabilizer control bar. Another time it happened I was turning a corner and really felt as though I was going to drive head-on inthe oncoming traffic!? That time REALLY scared me.

    I hope they do recall them as I paid good money for a car that I was told is VERY reliable. I just want it fixed.

    They say the tires may be the problem…well I just had 4 new tires put on?!

  • Buddy Stewart

    I own a Corolla and have no problems. The media is piling on. Do the math 34 reported deaths (which haven’t been proven to be Toyota’s fault) divided by 8.5 million recalled cars. That’s like .000004 cars were faulty. PLEASE. I’ll take my chances in a darn dependable car and drive it about 400,000 miles!

    Think about it, GM announces they’ll have all the money paid back by June then all of a sudden Toyota is being turned inside out. Last week it was 437,000 Hondas that needed to be recalled. Buy Toyota and drive it forever!