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Cruise Control Problems of Toyota Corolla



Toyota Corolla owners have reported 73 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 1
Failure Date: 08/22/2014

Once a month or so when I am at highway speeds the car does not decelerate as normal when I take my foot off the gas petal. The car tend to stays at the speed it was at until I use the break. It is almost like the cruise control has been turned on without notice (it is never turned on during these cases). This sometimes includes the slight acceleration like some car get when they are going back on cruise control. Luckily I keep a good distance between me and the car ahead of me. I can see this issues causing accidents.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 2
Failure Date: 04/13/2014

While driving on route 30 east in PA, I experienced a scenario where I was on cruise control and pressed the brake. The car continued to accelerate at it's speed and subsequent pressings of the brakes did not slow the car. I shifted the car into neutral and the brakes still were not slowing the car enough. I had to drive into the left shoulder and grass beyond that in order to slow the car down enough to let other cars pass so I could go into the right lane. The next business I took my car to the dealer and after driving 7 miles and looking for error codes, reported that they "could not reproduce the issue". My car already had all the fixes for the unintended acceleration issue that Toyota had a number of recalls for done in December 2013. This issue needs to be further investigated by Toyota because if the reported fixes do not work, then there could be a significant number of accidents/fatalities yet to come. I never had experienced this issue before.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 3
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

I was on the highway going about 70mph. My exit was coming up on the right side so I put my foot on the brake to slow down. However the brake stuck and the vehicle wouldn't slow down, it kept going. I had the cruise control on, and usually if I brake without first turning it off it slows down, but that didn't happen. So I turned the cruise control off but nothing happened. My car kept going. I pushed down on the brake, but that made the car accelerate even more. I checked to make sure the pedal wasn't stuck, it wasn't, but I knew that wasn't the problem because my car was accelerating when I was hitting the brake. Luckily there was no one in front of me because I was going over 110mph. I sped at this speed for quite a ways maybe 3/4 of a mile. I thought I was going to die and had my phone in my had to call 911. I kept pushing on the brake since I didn't know what else to do (this of course made me go faster and faster). The brake wouldn't go down though. I didn't understand what was happening. It was like stuck? finally I heard my accelerate pop. And the car started to decelerate.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Toyota Corolla 4
Failure Date: 07/27/2012

Cruise control engaged while off. I typically use cruise control every day. When I attempted to use it on 7/27, the indicator light showed "on" but it would not engage when I tried to set the vehicle speed. I turned the cruise off and retried - again the control failed to engage. After 4 attempts I gave up and left the control off. A few minutes later the car accelerated on its own (on a slight uphill incline), hard enough to drop from 4th to 2nd gear, as if the cruise control engaged. I hit the brakes and the acceleration stopped. Operation then seemed normal. After a few minutes of thought, I decided to (cautiously) check the cruise control again. It engaged and operated properly. After checking though, I turned it off. Later that day I took the car to a Toyota dealership. The service department scanned the electronics, but found no errors.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Toyota Corolla 5
Failure Date: 04/06/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while attempting to activate the cruise control, the cruise control button and arm separated from the base due to defective material. The vehicle was taken to dealer, where the cruise control switch and arm were replaced. The manufacture took a complaint and offered to reimburse the repair cost. The failure and current mileages were 39,436. Sm.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 6
Failure Date: 10/12/2011

Just leased a 2011 Toyota Corolla. When at a steady cruising speed, anywhere above 35, there is a scary intermittent dragging or resistance, and then surge in speed, along with crazy fluctuation in rpm¿¿s, that is uncontrollable. In addition, when letting up on the accelerator to prepare to stop, the car locks in on the current speed, even at high speed and going uphill, and does no¿¿t slow until the brake is firmly applied. It feels like the car is being controlled by a malfunctioning cruise control, except the cruise control is turned off. I a¿¿m scared to drive this car!.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 7
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

More noticeable at highway speeds. Take foot off accelerator pedal, car maintains constant speed as if cruise control in engaged (cruise control was not activated). Unable to coast to reduce speed. Have to firmly press break pedal to disengage. Taken to dealer for service. Toyota servicing dealer advised me that the care was operating properly and that this was a designed safety feature.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 8
Failure Date: 08/15/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving with the cruise control set to approximately 70 mph. When the brakes were applied to disable the cruise control, the vehicle would not respond and instead, accelerated abnormally. The brake pedal fell into the floorboard and the contact applied the emergency parking brake but the vehicle still would not respond and the contact crashed into the rear of a vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer had an engineer inspect the vehicle who was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 66,771.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 9
Failure Date: 07/12/2011

2011 Toyota Corolla maintains the speed/rpm when the foot is off the accelerator pedal. It happens at all speed, but it mostly visible at 60mph and above. The car will maintain the speed, as if the cruise control was engaged! when going downhill, even braking is not enough and I had to resolt to placing automatic transmission into neutral, in order to drop the speed. Lawrence Toyota (NJ) technician/mechanic test drove my car and confirmed that vehicle was not operating normally. Yet, after they (dealership) contacted Toyota support in California, I was told that vehicle operates normally?! Toyota refuses to take responsibility and fix/recall 2011 Corolla's. This is a big safety issue. Someone will crash their car and possibly die because the car won't decelerate, when foot is of the accelerator pedal. Here is a link to a forum where owners of 2011 Toyota Corolla describe exactly the same safety issue with the car. . Read more...

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 10
Failure Date: 06/20/2011

Letter from congressman on behalf of constituent re sudden uncontrolled acceleration of a Toyota Corolla automobile dot/I#2011-2068. The consumer stated she was traveling at the posted speed limit, when the sign ahead indicated to reduce speed ahead. The consumer reduced her speed to the posted limit by pressing down on the brake. As she attempted to brake, the vehicle continued to increase in speed and a loud noise was present. The consumer stated she continued to press harder on the brake and she could feel the abs activating. The abs sounded like a high pitched noise and pulsating very fast. The consumer finally came to a complete stop, before going through an intersection. However, the engine was emitting a loud roaring sound. The consumer shifted the gear from drive 1 to drive 2 and the vehicle shuddered. She tried to shift to park, but as she got to reverse the vehicle tried to buck, so she put the gear in neutral and turned off the vehicle. The consumer stated her cruise control wa activated at the time of the incident. However, the dealer stated the problem had nothing to do with the cruise control.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 11
Failure Date: 04/01/2011

Intermittent deceleration issue: while driving and I take my foot off the gas to slow down, the car maintains the speed and does not decelerate until I put my foot on the brake, sometimes I have to pump brake to bring speed down. For lack of better description, it feels like the car is on cruise control. I have been back to the Toyota dealer three times and after test driving and running diagnostic testing, was told this is normal?.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 12
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph and as he removed his foot from the accelerator pedal in anticipation that the vehicle would decelerate, the vehicle continued to maintain speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they explained to the contact that the failure was a normal occurrence for the vehicle when driving with the cruise control engaged. In addition, the contact stated that when driving downhill with the cruise control activated, the vehicle would decelerate abnormally, causing a slight jerk. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 800 and current mileage was approximately 5,600.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 13
Failure Date: 10/31/2010

Sudden acceleration on 2003 Toyota Corolla. Just returned from first road trip with this car, from oregon to colorado, and car suddenly accelerated. It happened 5 times - 3 of the times while the car was in cruise control. In particular - while going up hill -- the car picks up speed to get over the hill but after reaching the top, car fails to slow down and only after hitting brakes several times would the acceleration stop and car would begin to slow. In one instance, I had to take the car off the freeway and onto an uphill on-ramp to get it to slow and brakes finally worked at top of hill. I could actually feel the gas pedal pushing down on its own - without my foot applying pressure. The first couple of times it happened, I thought it was because the car was going down hill and was just naturally picking up speed. It was only after putting the car in cruise control that I noticed the problem was the car, not the environment. In the first incident, the car went from 52 to 83, the second incident - 57 to 90, the 3rd incident - 65 to 88, the 4th instance 75 to 84 and the scariest incident of all - the car went from 70 to 105 mph!! I could have been killed and the only thing that slowed the car down (besides my continual braking) was that I started climbing a large hill. One of the incidents was witnessed by a wyoming highway patrol officer - out in the middle of nowhere and many miles to a town - who thoughtfully gave me detailed instructions how to get the car to stop safely (turn on your emergency flashers, put the car in neutral and apply even pressure to brakes - putting car in neutral gives more power to brakes). This car has 60,000 miles on it and had never been on a long trip before and very rarely on a freeway. I had never used the cruise control before and will not be using it again. Toyota needs to add the 2003 Corolla to the recall as it obviously has the same problem as the 2005 - 2010. Toyota will be hearing from me tomorrow.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 14
Failure Date: 10/15/2010

Car accelerates unexpectedly while in cruise control. While driving at 70 mph car engine rpm's suddenly jumps to over 4000 rpm's, car speeds up 5-10 mph. If cruise is turned off, acceleration stops and the vehicle drives as normal.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 15
Failure Date: 10/09/2010

I was driving on the highway using the cruise control, when the car suddenly accelerated to 80 mph. The cruise control was set for 62 mph. The same sudden acceleration occurred a second time, but I stopped using the cruise control. Both times, the car slowed down when I touched the brake and the cruise control disengaged as expected. Updated 01/20/11.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 16
Failure Date: 10/08/2010

2010 Toyota Corolla. Consumer writes regarding problems with cruise control the consumer stated during the first few months when the cruise control was activated and set at 60 and 70 mph, the vehicle would surge . She immediately shut off the cruise control to stop the acceleration. The unexplained acceleration not only happened when gong up small hills, but it also happened once on a level highway. The consumer stated the speedometer rose above the cruise control speed setting.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 17
Failure Date: 08/27/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The contact was driving with the cruise control set when the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact stated the failure had occurred twice prior to the most recent failure. The dealer advised that the ecm was defective and would need replacing. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was approximately 1,600.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 18
Failure Date: 08/02/2010

Driving 2010 Toyota Corolla manual trans on interstate on 8/2/10 at 2:30 p. M. Had cruise control on going 70 mph. Engaged clutch, shifted to neutral and braked in preparation to stop for traffic jam ahead. Brake did not engage and vehicle continued at 70 mph without touching accelerator. Continued attempts to brake, downshift, turn off cruise control with no decrease in speed. Initially unable to downshift but then did get into lower gear but with no resulting decrease in speed, nor did the engine make any noise indicating that I had downshifted. I was able to get onto shoulder where I continued to go 70 mph. I then got off at an exit that had an incline. Part way up the hill felt something disengage and the car slowed- not just due to the incline I think. I was then able to put on emergency brake and the car stopped. After several minutes I tried the brakes again and they worked. I did not reengage the cruise control after this. Please note that this occurred after I had taken the car in for both Toyota recommended recalls regarding the floor mats and putting a modification in the gas pedal. When I went in for recalls I asked about placement of a computer brake override system and was first told that fix was not yet available, then told it was not relevant to my car, and, after the above event told again that Toyota did not yet have the technology available to do this fix on Corollas. The dealership have thus far been unpleasant and suggesting that I might not be telling the truth.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 19
Failure Date: 07/10/2010

I was driving on cruise control on a highway (approx. 60mph) in my 2003 Toyota Corolla s. Suddenly, it started accelerating on its own and started swerving. I hit the brake pedal and attempted to counter-steer but lost control of the car and crashed front-end into the guard rail, then the car started spinning and I believe it must have hit the guard-rail further down. The front is demolished, the driver side was bent in so could not open the door fully, the back bumper was gone and the passenger side was heavily scratched. The airbags never deployed.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 20
Failure Date: 06/30/2010

Cruise control can be activated at typical road/highway speeds even when car is in neutral (on a manual transmission). As a result, the accelerator is electronically depressed, causing the engine to rev and hit the rev limiter. There are multiple ways to deactivate the cruise control, but the stress could be damaging on the engine and the scenario could a major distraction to the driver.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 21
Failure Date: 06/26/2010

When set on cruise control and going uphill the car accelerates excessively to more than 5 mph over set speed limit.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 22
Failure Date: 04/02/2010

While driving at speeds between 55 and 60 mph, the car- without my foot near the accelerator- experienced a surge in acceleration. This happened at a time after I was using cruise control but had turned it off because I was coming too close to the car in front of me and needed to slow down. As I released my foot off the accelerator and moved it to the break, the engine revved dramatically. Once speeds reached over 65 (within one or two seconds) I broke and was able to slow the vehicle down and keep it in control. The accelerator pedal reinforcement bar recall was performed on 2/17/10. Took it to dealer, the found no problem and was unable to replicate the situation.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 23
Failure Date: 03/22/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While driving at speeds of 70 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle accelerated up to speeds of 86 mph. She was able to decrease speed by deactivating the cruise control and applying the brakes. The failure occurred twice; however, the contact assumed it was caused by driver error. The contact confirmed that she had previously received recall repairs under NHTSA campaign id numbers 10v017000 and 10v023000 (vehicle speed control: accelerator pedal) and had never experienced incidents of unintended acceleration before the repairs were made. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The current and the failure mileages were 11,850.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 24
Failure Date: 03/20/2010

I had been driving on the highway for about half an hour, and I was on flat road (the area was not even remotely hilly) with cruise control set at 70. The engine began making a whirling sound and rpm went from 3 to almost 6. My foot was not on or touching the gas pedal, and I was driving on flat road. I braked firmly and took the car off of cruise control. Toyota dealership did not find any problems.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 25
Failure Date: 03/09/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The cruise control mechanism was set at 55 mph. When he attempted to cancel the cruise control, it would not respond and the vehicle proceeded to accelerate. He then shifted into neutral gear in an attempt to avoid a collision; however, he drove the vehicle into a nearby ditch. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer test drove the vehicle and could not duplicate the failure. He did however replace the accelerator pedal under recall campaign (NHTSA campaign id 10v023000: vehicle speed control: accelerator pedal). The failure mileage was 26,400 and the current mileage was 26,856.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 26
Failure Date: 02/24/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Corolla. While driving at speeds of 45 mph, the cruise control light illuminated. She was unable to deactivate the cruise control since the rpms began increasing excessively. The vehicle abnormally accelerated and would not stop despite her attempts to apply the brakes. The contact was able to shift into neutral gear and continue to apply the brakes. There was smoke present in the vehicle as it began to decrease in speed to 15 mph. Since the contact was unable to stop the vehicle, she then jumped from the drivers side as the vehicle proceeded and plowed into a snow bank before stopping. The vehicle sustained substantial body damage. The dealer stated that the transmission was destroyed due to her shifting into neutral gear from the park position. The transmission was replaced and a representative from Toyota was scheduled to further investigate the failure. The investigator could find no failures within the vehicle speed control. There were no repairs made to the body of the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000 and the current mileage was approximately 118,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 27
Failure Date: 02/16/2010

I have a 2007 Toyota Corolla which upon cruise control activation and/or reactivation speeds up to desired speed (normal) but then feels as if it is stuck in the accelerate mode and will continue to accelerate until it finally thumps or thuds into cruise. I've noticed this about 90% of the time when I impose cc. I have done nothing to attempt to correct the problem.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 28
Failure Date: 02/16/2010

The cruise control on my wifes 2003 Toyota Corolla has acted up on occasion while driving on interstate highways. When using "resume" the car would accelerate well past the previous set point. Mostly this was a minor annoyance as the car doesn't have a big enough engine to take off like a rocket, and switching off the cruise control and restarting it seems to cure the problem. I never was able to figure out the sequence that would reliably repeat the problem and pretty much figured wed live with it. (she doesn't use cruise control and I use it when we are taking trips. ) with the recently identified cruise control problems on the newer Corollas, im suspicious that the problem may go back further than reported. This problem has occurred at various times over the past three or four years(while we have owned the car), so the date indicated below is a dummy date to get tot the next screen.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 29
Failure Date: 02/10/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla. While the contact was driving 60 mph using the cruise control the vehicle suddenly accelerated from 60 mph to 70 mph without warning, in order to stop the acceleration the contact had to deactivate the cruise control. The contact also noticed that whenever she applied the brakes they hesitate to engage increasing the stopping distance. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings, the current and failure mileages were 2000. Updated 4/5/10.

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Failure Date: 02/03/2010

Purchased new 2003 Toyota Corolla le in 2003 and new 2006 Toyota Corolla le in 2006. From 2003 thru 2006 six incidents occurred with vehicle stopped and my foot on the brake pedal not on accelerator pedal where engine raced as if cruise control kicked into "resume" and vehicle began to accelerate. By reflex, I shifted into park or shut turned off the ignition key to control the vehicle. I reported the incidents to lassen Toyota, albany oregon no response from them. The 2006 Toyota had the same incident occur once in the last four years. It has the same engine and equipment as the 2003 model I owned and I reported the incident again to lassen Toyota with no response. I am on my guard now that I know this occurs and I don't panic and know how to deal with it, but anyone who doesn't keep a clear head and know what to do instinctively could be in trouble. I am sure this is a computer problem that has some link to the acceleration program in the cruise control area even with the cruise control off and the car in drive with the foot on the brake pedal and the foot no where near the accelerator pedal. This problem existed in two different years of the same model Toyota. Just thought you should be aware that this does occur randomly in these cars and that complaints are ignored.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 31
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

Cruise control throws you back in your seat as soon as it kicks in going up a small incline. We've never had a cruise control that throws you violently back in your seat. It only happens when the cruise control is on - we feel it is an electronic problem. The Toyota dealer says they haven't had any complaints; we don't use our cruise control anymore just in case one day the brakes won't make the cruise kick out. This is the first new car we purchased in thirty years and now it's been recalled and the safety of this car is now in question. Very disappointing!.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 32
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 15 to 20 mph while making a left turn the vehicle stalled. He was able to coast onto the emergency lane. He restarted the vehicle and it began to function normally. He drove approximately 5 miles and the vehicle stalled again. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least seven times. He called the dealer a couple of weeks ago and they advised him that he would have to pay for a diagnostic test. While driving approximate 65 mph with the cruise control activated the vehicle began to accelerate. He engaged the brake pedal and the vehicle slowed down. He took his vehicle to the dealer for a recall repair and they did not replace the floor mats. The contact was unable to provide a VIN. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 33
Failure Date: 01/05/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While driving 60 mph and various speeds the cruise control failed to disengage when the brake pedal was applied. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The failure mileage was 900 and the current mileage was 12,403.