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general problems of the 2009 Toyota Corolla - part 1



58 problems related to service brakes have been reported for the 2009 Toyota Corolla.

car   Service Brakes problem 1
Failure Date: 08/27/2014

I was driving back home and slowed down with the intention of stopping at a traffic intersection. My brakes did not engage at the normal level of pressure that I use, and I had to press it all the way down. When the brake was slammed all the way down the brakes did engage, but the engine started revving up and the rpm meter was to its maximum. I did not take my foot off the brakes because I knew if I did, the car would have travelled at 120mph. I immediately pulled the handbrake lever up, changed the gear to park, and switched off the ignition. I am just happy to be alive today, and am very thankful for my presence of mind. I immediately called a tow truck and towed the car to the nearest Toyota dealership. We did take the car to the dealership a week back to do a software upgrade and a couple of other recalls, and the unintended acceleration that I experienced happened a week after that. Toyota after their investigation concluded that the brake and the accelerator were engaged at the same time. They are essentially saying that my 5. 5 shoe size foot was both on the brake and the accelerator pedal at the same time. I did look at my foot to make sure that it was indeed on the brakes when the car was revving up. So I can say with 100% certainty that my foot was only on the brake and the brake pedal was slammed all the way down. Like in previous cases e. G. Oklahoma court case, Toyota is blaming the driver when in fact, the software responsible for throttle control was clearly shown to have over 85000 bugs by expert testimony given in the oklahoma case. If not for my presence of mind, I would certainly have been dead yesterday, and I am still in shock and awe recovering from the incident.

car   Service Brakes problem 2
Failure Date: 08/11/2014

I was leaving the drive thru to park my car and wait for my food to come out. I made an immediate left followed by an immediate left to park in a handicap spot. I pressed the brakes and my car didn't slow down at all. I kept pressing it and nothing happened. My car went over the concrete block in front of the handicap thru bushes and finally stopped when I hit the corner of the building I pulled the car into reverse and pulled the e-brake. Thankfully I was pulling off so I was going slow and no one was hit and I didn't break through the glass but, I turned my car off for about 20 mins to clam down. When I turned the car back on it operated as if nothing happened. I dealt with recalls when the car first was out but, I didnt see any recent ones pop up but, looking through other complaints I see that some people are having the same experience. I called up Toyota so many times in regards to my breaks and nothing ever came of it every single time they told me nothing was wrong they didnt feel or hear anything or see anything. Clearly something is wrong scared to drive my car but, I really do not want to purchase a new car. Its crazy to be having issues like this. Now I have to get my front bumper fixed.

car   Service Brakes problem 3
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

My wife rear ended a taxi, she complained that the brakes did not stop the car. We had the car towed to the house, I freed the hood and removed the bumper cover to inspect the damage. When I got in and tried the brakes, the pedal went to the floor. When I opened the brake fluid resevoir to check the fluid, the brakes returned to normal. That indicates a vacuum to me, which is not normal. I would like to request analysis of the event data recorder.

car   Service Brakes problem 4
Failure Date: 07/03/2014

I was merging onto traffic heading west on I-10 in houston. The cars in front of me suddenly stopped and I started applying the brakes hard when there was at least 10 feet distance between my car and the car in front of me. I was merging at peak traffic hour and was not more than 40-45 miles/hour speed. When I applied the brakes, the car refused to stop and I hit the vehicle in front of me. I applied the brakes hard such that any other car would have skidded the tyres. This car just plain refused to stop and I ended up in a wreck which caused extensive damage to my car and now am having to go through insurance. I have driven other similar cars and their brakes are a lot more effective. I am currently driving a rental car of similar size and their brakes are highly effective. I do not know if this is related to an early recall about brakes on the car, but I have been prompt about getting all my recalls fixed in the car.

car   Service Brakes problem 5
Failure Date: 04/10/2014

After reading other brake complaints I'm realizing that I have had the same problem since I've had the car. Any bit of precipitation causes the brakes to lock when barely pressing them to slow down (not stop). It happens at just a few mph or higher. They lock to the point that the car jerks to a stop at slow speeds and slides several car lengths at higher speeds. I have learned to pump my breaks before placing the car in drive.

car   Service Brakes problem 6
Failure Date: 02/05/2014

First incident occured on same day the vehicle was purchased. This writer noticed that when coming to a stop the brake would occasionally make a grinding sound, but not the same sound as worn brakes or rotors; the sound was as if it struggled to stop slightly. Every day from the date of purchase if there was even a slight bit of percipitation, when this writer would press down the brake, the brake would go on and off very quickly as if the abs was kicking in unnecessarily. This occurred at all speeds, ranging from 5 mph and up. For instance, on one occasion, while writer was driving carefully in the snow at 8 - 10 mph with only an inch on the ground, writer was behind another vehicle by approximately 3 car lengths and coming to a stop sign. Writer began braking and the brakes went on and off quickly and grinded a bit. Due to this, the vehicle slid all three car lengths and was within an inch of hitting the vehicle in front. This writer learned about the recalls today, and is contacting dealership tomorrow to see if they will take care of the issue.


car   Service Brakes problem 7
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

My daughter was driving west bound on i20 between exit 189 and 190 on 11/1 when the car accelerated and hydroplane. My daughter was given permission to use my car on this date, the condition was rainy and low visibility. She took feet off gas and proceeded to brake when the car accelerated. As she put her feet on brakes she lost control and crash in guard rail. In the meantime I have checked the data base and there are two recalls on this vehicle. One involved acceleration. The dealer should have had these recalls done before the car was sold which could have helped to prevent the acceleration. Someone should be held liable other than the consumer for this mishap. I need to know what is the next step as a consumer. Also the air bag did not disengaged. I called the dealership and spoke with [xxx] on 11/6 who confirmed that there are still two recalls on this car and she asked when did I want to bring the vehicle in. Why was this not done before purchase. I also spent $2800 on an extended powertrain warranty through the dealership. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car   Service Brakes problem 8
Failure Date: 10/03/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving 40 mph over a bridge when another vehicle veered extremely close to the contact¿s vehicle. The contact crashed into the vehicle and the vehicle then abnormally accelerated. The contact abruptly applied the brakes however, they were unresponsive and the power steering assist then suddenly failed. The failure caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle and spin uncontrollably until the vehicle flipped twice and came to a halt. The vehicle was extremely close to falling off the edge of the bridge. The contact sustained severe bruising to the chest and a fractured left hip. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was inspected by the contact¿s insurance company but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,000.

car   Service Brakes problem 9
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

Tl- the contact owns 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the driver depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle erroneously accelerated then crashed into a parked vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 43,000. Mah.

car   Service Brakes problem 10
Failure Date: 03/21/2012

The front brakes produce a very loud rattling noise, whenever the brakes are applied and its almost as if the car is not going to stop and cause an accident. I am afraid the brakes are going to completely fail one day and cause an accident. When I took it to the dealer for a checkup, the dealer indicated that Toyota is investigating the noise, but it might be too late before they do anything. Please help by investigating this issue.


 
car   Service Brakes problem 11
Failure Date: 02/10/2012

I have had this Corolla for about 3 years, average about 700 miles per week - drive it daily. I have had no significant issues with it until the past month or so in which I have experienced two "sudden acceleration" events. In both cases I was traveling at a very low speed, about 10 mph or so in parking lots. While coasting / braking with my foot on the brake pedal, suddenly it was as if the brake pedal turned into an accelerator pedal! I felt all of the back-pressure the brake pedal normally has leave and it went almost completely down to the floor. At the very same instant the engine revved and began to accelerate and the car "leaped" forward. In both cases this lasted only a few seconds then things went back to normal. There were no indicator lights on the panel warning of anything wrong. In both cases my foot was clearly on the brake pedal and nowhere near the accelerator pedal. I visually inspected the floor mat and there was absolutely no interference between it and the accelerator pedal. This car has already had all of Toyota's "recall" remedies applied to it and could be easily ascertained by examining the maintenance records at butler Toyota of macon, georgia. I would like it if someone could examine the car's computer (not the Toyota people for obvious reasons)to see if these events were recorded or not. Until now I have liked this car very much in every way. However, considering all of the recent reports and now my personal experiences twice I am very much concerned about the car's safety.

car   Service Brakes problem 12
Failure Date: 12/05/2011

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving 55 mph when the brakes were applied but the brakes did not respond and the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The front tires released smoked and the vehicle was turned around several times before coming to a stop in a dirt area. The front tires, rotors and cables were damaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer modified the accelerator, replaced the rotors and the cables. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 124,000.

car   Service Brakes problem 13
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

Bought used 2009 toyotoa Corolla (5 speed manual clutch) vehicle in mid 2011. Noticed that the gas pedal, break and clutch are oddly very close, and gas pedal seems to stick, which seems to cause error in shifting/ acceleration/ DE-acceleration, especially when using in between gears. Not sure what that is all about, or whether or not there has been a prior complaint about this or recall, but I think it should be brought to the attention and fixed by Toyota for safety reasons.

car   Service Brakes problem 14
Failure Date: 05/22/2011

I was currently on 1 and 9 north of jersey city NJ. I was on a stop light and when it turned green, the car did not accelerate as much as it was suppose to when you press on gas pedal. It was literally moving 5 miles per hour. I was pressing the gas pedal for the car to go but it was still not even moving up. I turned on the hazards and pulled over. Then the check engine light came on. I turned off the car first. I checked the gas tank and the engine but I couldn't find anything wrong with it. The check engine light was lit until the next day. I brought it to the car dealership and they said they are not 100% sure what is wrong with it but they disconnected the alarm wire to see if that was the problem. The second problem of this car is when you press on the brake, it still moves a little bit. When you start going and pressing on the gas pedal, you have to press on it harder for it to go but it gases up than it normally does. I have recently saw the previous owners receipts for its car service and he had the same problem. He always had to fix the accelerator but until now, it is still the same and still needs to be fixed. I don't know what to do and where to go to fix this problem.

car   Service Brakes problem 15
Failure Date: 01/12/2011

On january12 2011at 3:45pm my daughter was driving home from school and up the driveway to park. Her 2009 Toyota Corolla would not stop and it drove through a flower bed and into our home. There was extensive damage to her vehicle as well as our home. The air beg did not deploy and she was not injured. She called me immediately and said "daddy. . . The car would not stop". She told me that she was depressing the break with one foot and then both feet in an effort to get the car to stop. The Toyota Corolla acceleraor and brake issue are more than a coincidence. If my daughter is innocent of negligence, I would like to make those who are responsible pay for the damages that we have incurred and clear my daughters name of any wrongdoing.

car   Service Brakes problem 16
Failure Date: 09/10/2010

I have contacted Toyota headquarters for more than 13 times regarding the faulty brake system of my new Toyota Corolla, 2009. I didn't get actual results. This new car is driven by my child. I don't want my child in a dangerous situation. I don't want lose my hard earned money for the faulty vehicle. I will only be satisfied if the Toyota headquarter authorize the nearest dealer to replace my current Toyota Corolla with a new Toyota Corolla in free of cost. For this written documentation should be mailed authorizing nearest Toyota dealer to replace with new Toyota Corolla.

car   Service Brakes problem 17
Failure Date: 04/12/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla le. The contact stated that the driver of the vehicle noticed that the brakes were not engaging as normal and also began to "chatter" when she pressed down on the brake pedal. To avoid an accident, the driver had to pull close to a median on her left side because the brakes did not stop the vehicle as expected. The contact was not present during this incident which was the first failure regarding the brakes. The contact had not spoken with the dealer or the manufacturer to-date. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 24,000. Updated 07/19/10 updated 07/21/10.

car   Service Brakes problem 18
Failure Date: 03/21/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving at speeds of 45 mph in rainy weather conditions and depressing the brake pedal, the brakes would not engage. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer nevertheless; the failure could not be duplicated. The failure and current mileages were 6,700. Updated 08/03/10. The consumer stated she had two accidents on two separate occasions. Updated 08/09/jb.

car   Service Brakes problem 19
Failure Date: 03/08/2010

On March 8, 2010 I was driving my 2009 Toyota Corolla, of which I am the first owner. I was going about 35 mph and I pressed the gas pedal to accelerate to about 45 mph. Then I released the gas and pressed on the brake pedal but the car did not slow down, but kept going 45. After a few seconds of pressing hard on the brakes, I pulled the handbrake and shifted the car into park. The car slowed down and eventually stopped. I then called a towing company and had the car towed to a dealership. They inspected the car and found nothing wrong. This problem has not occurred since.

car   Service Brakes problem 20
Failure Date: 03/07/2010

I was driving in a parking lot on the main driveway leading out of parking lot. I was stuck by a truck in the rear passenger side. The other drivers truck struck my back wheel taking most of the impact. Wheel physically looks straight and does not show any wobble when watching it drive. No airbags deployed yet I could not steer or brake my vehicle. Almost as if everything froze when I was impacted. Vehicles power was still on but nothing worked after impact. I ended up crashing into shopping carts and curb after impact because I could not stop. This could have been a disaster if I was not in a parking lot. I would be dead if this was on a highway.

car   Service Brakes problem 21
Failure Date: 03/07/2010

On, March 7, 2010 around 6:30pm, going on the highway, without any warning. The 2009 Toyota Corolla model le, went totally out of control. I was on the far right lane, heading from toa baja to mayaguez on pr-22. Reaching arecibo, by highway mark (km 74. 2) the car steering went totally to the left and in fractions of seconds my car invaded the left lane doing a 180 degree turn, had cars coming my way and just when I tough the other car was going to hit me. The steering on the car went completely the opposite direction and the car rolled again and I was going over the green area crazy fast. No control, spinning again over the grass area on the middle of the highway, heading right into the opposite side of the highway, cars coming at 65 mph or more. Then the car hit a street sign that changed the car trajectory and then came to a stop on the green area on the middle of the highway. The car ended all covered on grass, mud and impacted by the street sign that possibly prevented my car from invading the lanes on the opposite direction on the highway after the Toyota Corolla steered violently and uncontrollable seconds before. I have to say, this was an extreme situation that for who knows reason, all happened in a split second without warning and all the violent extreme movements happened without my car impacting other cars on the highway, but clearly I was very lucky. At the moment of the incident, a passenger was with me in the car and then can confirm has witness of the extreme car experience we endured.

car   Service Brakes problem 22
Failure Date: 02/27/2010

2009 Toyota Corolla car was recalled for brake problem. When I have the below problem, the brakes will not stop the car. Engine revs up for no reason when the car is stopped. In my case, all engine speed ups occurred when I was stopped, and my foot was on the brake. It has happened about 10 times since I have owned the car. The last time it occurred, I was stopped at a stop sign, and the engine sped up and forced me into the intersection, where I ran into the side of a pickup. The engine has sped up when I first started the car, and the car was in park, and my foot on the brake. Toyota has looked at my car and said there is nothing wrong with it. Toyota said that I had an after market floor mat on the drivers side and that is a no/no. When the engine sped up with me driving, there was no mat on the driver side floor, except the Toyota mat and it was restrained by the clips. Do car manufactures ever look at comments made my their customers? in my case, I was told no.

car   Service Brakes problem 23
Failure Date: 02/25/2010

I've had two recalls done on my 209 Corolla. The accelerator and the brakes. I've noticed that my gas pedal makes this whistle every time I accelerate. Shortly, after the brake recall I've noticed a difference in my brakes. The brake was mushy, I had to press harder on the brake just to come to a complete stop, and when step on the brakes, its not smooth and my car would pull forward. I went back to Toyota services to recheck my brakes only 4-6 days after I had the brake recall done. They said, they could not find anything wrong with my brakes. Its been 5 days since the last visit and I just recently reared ended someone. Luckily it was just a fender bender but I was lucky enough that it was nothing serious. The lady who I had reared ended had a 8-11 month child with her. I knew my brakes felt different, I knew there was something wrong but Toyota failed to see that. I am really upset with Toyota. I could of lost my life along with the lady and her infant.

car   Service Brakes problem 24
Failure Date: 02/24/2010

Was exiting the 73 freeway on birch going 70mph approaching irvine Ave tried multiple times to slow car down was unable to it was as if brakes were not being applied. As I got closer and closer to right turn and still unable to slow down or stop pulled the emergency brake and put the car into park which slowed the car.

car   Service Brakes problem 25
Failure Date: 02/22/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while driving 35 mph and then applying the brakes the vehicle did not stop causing the vehicle to crash into another vehicle. The contact hit her head on the driver side window due to the air bags not deploying. The contact went to the emergency room. The vehicle was towed. The contact stated the faulty brakes are due to the recall repair for the accelerator pedal that was performed on her vehicle. The failure mileage was 11,500.