Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda may have to add Corolla steering problems and an already existing 1,309 vehicle Corolla recall to his mounting list of business woes. Problems with the car power steering system mimic a driver’s losing control. Sound familiar?
Toyota To Issue a Corolla Recall?
Rumors over a Corolla recall have already worried Toyota owners scrambling to find alternative transportation. According to NPR quoting the AP, a Toyota Motor quality control executive let it drop that car power steering complaints were being taken quite seriously by the automaker. This may be the first inkling that a Corolla steering problems recall is on the horizon.
Ongoing 2010 Toyota Corolla Recall (but not for power steering)
At this point there are only about 100 complaints about Corolla steering problems. Although this may not be sufficient to warrant a withdrawal of the popular Toyota Corolla from the market, the fact that the car power steering problem reports coincide with the worldwide car recall of 8.5 million vehicles does not bode well.
Already on the books since 2009 is an unrelated National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Corolla recall. About 1,309 cars are part of this action. What is surprising is the cause of the recall: a loose air bag label.
Demonstrating the U.S.’ unwillingness to accept anything less than stringent quality control from Toyota, the failure to “meet the standard requirements” (namely Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 ‘Occupant Crash Protection’) requires consumers to take their 2010 Toyota Corollas back to the dealer for new sun visors. This has gotten very little press – until now. What about the Corolla steering problems?
What Do Corolla Steering Problem Feel Like?
As far back as February of 2009, Edmunds showed postings by concerned Corolla owners who reported problems with the car power steering. According to some, Corolla steering problems feel like a ‘pulsing from left to right’ but prevent actually driving straight forward. One poster suggested that a service technician referred to it as a “common flaw.” Another felt like the car was steering itself.
An interesting bit of information that may be indicative of a looming Corolla recall due to car power steering trouble is the assertion of one poster that a “stamped axle” prevented a rear toe from being within specs. The poster had it fixed with a bolt hole modification of the rear axle – most likely on his own dime.
Will the Corolla steering problems that have been reported on the ‘Net since last year finally lead to a global Corolla recall?
NPR. “Toyota Looks Into Corolla Woes, Considers Recall” (accessed February 17, 2010)
NHTSA. “Defects & Recalls, Campaign ID 09V332000” (accessed February 17, 2010)
Edmunds. “Corolla Steering Problems Forum Posts” (accessed February 17, 2010)