The Toyota Corolla carries the distinction of the world’s best-selling car, dating all the way back to 1966, having sold well over 30 million cars worldwide. Here in the United States, it consistently ranks in the top ten, but most boring cars generally do. Vanilla sells (also, vanilla ice cream is a top seller…go figure).
I’ve always considered the Toyota Corolla as one of the great small cars out there, and apparently General Motors does as well. GM sold a rebadged version of the Corolla called the Chevrolet Nova, Geo Prizm (ironically, the Geo division was created to take on the imports like Toyota), and whenever Geo was dissolved, the Chevrolet Prizm. Clever thinking from the GM brass, keeping the brand name…guess they thought that they had some brand equity in it.
Anyways, just like all Corollas, the inability for Toyota to scale up their production processes efficiently has led to a record number of recalls. So with that being said, just like the others, here is the definitive list of Toyota Corolla recalls that were issued by the NHTSA:
2002, 2004 Corolla w/aluminum alloy wheels: The wheel’s lug nuts may not have been secured properly, leading to possible wheel separation with driving. Dealers will inspect and replace affected parts.
2002 Corolla: The front strut mounts from Ride Control did not come with a weld joint between the bearing housing and the rate plate. This could allow the strut to come out of its normal position during extreme driving conditions, increasing the possibility of a crash. Ride Control will replace the affected parts free of charge. They can also be contacted at 1-248-458-1396.
2003 Corolla: The bolts that join the rear brake and hub assembly to the rear axle carrier could be loose, as a result of insufficient tightening of during the assembly process. Over time, one or more of the bolts could come off completely, resulting in an abnormal noise from that area. If all four bolts were to come off completely, it could result in the rear brake and hub assembly to separate from the rear axle carrier, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Authorised dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts.
2003-04 Corolla equipped with power windows: The bolts that hold the driver- and front-passenger-door glass may loosen and come off, causing the glass to separate from the window regulator. This may cause the glass to bind and shatter. Dealers will replace the bolts with newly designed bolts.
2005-08 Corolla: The engine control module (ECM) for the subject models equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive may have been improperly manufactured. There is a possibility that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on varistors on the circuit board. There are a variety of warnings and consequences associated with the defect. The engine-warning lamp could be illuminated, harsh shifting could result, the engine may not start, or the engine could shut off while the vehicle is being driven. An engine shutoff while the vehicle is being driven increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the production number of the ECM and replace the ECM if necessary.
2005-11 Corolla: Tires that were installed from the manufacturer without the requisite load carrying capacity modification labels. Customers with the affected tires can have the dealer install the label free of charge.
2009-10 Corolla: Improperly-secured optional-accessory floor mat could cause accelerator pedal to become stuck, temporarily, in partially depressed position.
2009-10 Corolla: Due to the manner in which the friction lever interacts with the sliding surface of the accelerator pedal inside the pedal sensor assembly, the accelerator pedal may become hard to depress, slow to return to idle, or, in the worst case, mechanically stuck in a partially depressed position, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal, which will allow the pedal to operate smoothly.
2009-10 Corolla w/ 1.8-liter engine: For certain vehicles sold in specified states, when driving under unique conditions in extremely low ambient temperatures, intake manifold suction port for brake vacuum can become locked due to freezing of condensation; could lead to increased stopping distance.
2010 Corolla: Some airbag labels on driver’s side sunvisor can separate from visor surface.
2010-11 Corolla: For vehicles that were equipped with a non-Toyota Bluetooth hands-free device and/or navigation unit, the front A-pillar trim panel retention clip may have been damaged during the aftermarket installation of the accessory. This trim panel could become loosen and fall off completely, increasing the possibility of injuring an occupant in the event of a crash. Dealers will inspect the retention clip and replace it if necessary.
If you see your Toyota Corolla has been affected by one or more of these recalls, do not hesitate to contact your local Toyota dealer. The whole process should be quick and painless…however, if it isn’t, feel free to contact the corporation. Or your local news station…