really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,469 miles

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problem #16

Sep 232015


  • miles
The dash light indicating a problem with my air bag is on. Toyota states that a safety recall is pending that might affect my car. Until then, they are unable or unwilling to repair my car. They state that the airbag may go off on it's own. They cannot tell me how long it may be before the recall is announced. This seems highly dangerous to me.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #15

Jan 272015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Newbedford, MA, USA

problem #14

Jan 262015

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 54,500 miles
Air bags did not deploy during the crash. The crash was serious; it totoled the car.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 192015


  • 300,000 miles
I was driving home from working 12 hour graveyard shift. I fell asleep at the wheel and ran off the right hand side of our blacktop road 1 mile from home. My 2002 Corolla was traveling around 50mph I awoke and attempted to correct the car's path and hit a tree head on destroying the right grill bumper hood, windshield, right fender, inner upper frame work and headlamp assembly and wiring. My dash light came on that said my airbag deployed. My steering wheel airbag was still intact it failed to deploy or inflate. I was saved by god and my seat belt.

- Holt, MO, USA

problem #12

Jan 152015

Corolla 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
Toyota told us not to put anyone in passenger side because airbag is dangerous. We have four adults in our family and need to use the passenger front seat. Toyota (johnson city tn) say they have no idea when they can fix the air bag because they have no idea when parts will be available. "it could be months". we need to have it fixed soon.

- Gray, TN, USA

problem #11

Dec 242010

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of his vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 165,000.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #10

Jul 292010


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. While traveling at 25 mph, the contact was struck from the front end by another vehicle. The contact's vehicle was destroyed. The air bags did not deploy. The contact suffered injuries to her head and chest. A police report was available. The vehicle was not further investigated for the failure of the air bags. The current and failure mileages were 106,000.

- Inglewood, CO, USA

problem #9

May 102009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that after starting his vehicle, he forgot to put on his safety belt, and when he drove away he crashed into a concrete foundation while driving approximately 15 mph. His head hit the windshield causing it to crack. The contact stated that he suffered a concussion and briefly lost consciousness. The air bags did not deploy. He drove the vehicle to his residence and called the insurance company. The vehicle was taken to an auto body shop where the mechanic stated that the vehicle was destroyed. Toyota was contacted and a case manager informed him that under the circumstances of the crash the air bags were not designed to deploy. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Arvada , CO, USA

problem #8

Jun 012009


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 50 mph and approaching a red light when he stepped on the brake pedal it did not respond and caused the contact to crash into the vehicle in-front of him. The drivers front air bag did not deploy. He had experience brake failure twice. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. There were no injuries. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 232009


  • miles
Driving on interstate 5 at 60 mile per hour hitting pickup truck from the back the declare a total lost airbag didn't open.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 262005

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer wants permission to deactivate driver's air bag on 2002 Toyota Corolla. ** answer required***

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 202005

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Was parking car in garage and car surged over parking barrier before I could apply brakes.when foot finally pressed on brake engine raced, and I regained control by shlifting into neutral. Air bags did not deploy. Distance traveled approximately 5 feet.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 122004


  • miles
Dear sir/madam, this is to notify you that Thursday, 12 August, my mother, a friend and I were involved in a fatal accident while my mother was driving a Toyota Corolla S 2002. The accident left my mother in a deep fright and with injuries on her face, as she hit the steering wheel. She is prescribed to go to therapy for over a month to overcome the catastrophe. I, now, suffer from minor back problems caused due to the accident. The accident occurred on one of the most eventful highways of Georgia, highway us 78. Our car, traveling on the middle lane, was hit by an Isuzu SUV  rodeo, and after rotating about 180 degrees stopped on the middle of the highway. The entire front bumper fell apart, and the car was beyond recognition from the front. Yesterday, we heard from the repair shop and their assessment was that car is totaled. Most shocking part of the event is that the air bags didnT activate even after such a strong impact of SUV coming at around 65 miles an hour speed and hit our Toyota Corolla (2002) from front. Whereas, the air-bags of the rodeo did not fail to inflate. I reported this incident directly to Toyota immediately after the accident. It has been over a week now and I have not recieved any calls or E-mails from their part. I sincerely hope you will please look into the matter and keep me informed. Your cooperation is highly anticipated and appreciated in advance. I look forward to to hear from you a.S.a.P. sincerely, shubham sharma, 5275 lakebrooke run, stone mountain, ga, 30087 phone number: 770-469-8382 404-717-5865.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112003

(reported on)


  • 6,000 miles
Consumer stated while traveling at 25 mph driver was involved in a rear end collision. Passenger's side seat belt did not hold, belt came out from out of the retractor. Also, none of the airbags deployed. As a result passenger suffered a chest concusion/ neck spring and back spring breaks.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #2

Feb 112002


  • miles
On 2/11/2002; 2002 Toyota Corolla sport was involved in a head-on collision. Driver had minor injuries; driver and passenger airbags were not deployed. Total speed of both vehicles were appoximately 40-50 mph. Daly city police department was dispatched to accident scene. Police report #02-1479.. nlm

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 222002


  • miles
While driving air bag light will come on. Contacted dealer.

- Washington, DC, USA