Exterior lighting and speed control issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The 2021 Toyota Corolla follows in the footsteps of a long lineup of this sedan being one of America’s favorites. The automaker claims that it will “brighten up your future.” However, this car shows a significant decline in previous Toyota manufacturing standards, leaving customers wondering if the vehicle is going to leave them stranded. From defective exterior lighting to malfunctioning vehicle speed control, this Corolla is a big disappointment to many.
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Most Common Problems with the 2021 Toyota Corolla
Complaints to the NHTSA about the 2021 Toyota Corolla relate to at least 16 components and/or systems:
- Airbags not deploying during a crash
- Electrical system, which includes a brake-hold malfunction that caused a fire
- Engine, including an engine where the RPM increased to dangerous levels when traveling downhill
- Exterior lighting
- Forward collision avoidance
- Lane departure
- Parking brake
- Powertrain, which recurred three times before the dealer acknowledged there was a transmission problem
- Service brakes
- Steering, including a problem that recurred 4 times after engaging cruise control
- Structure, including an incident that combined a steering and suspension problem that led to significant damage to the vehicle without a collision.
- Vehicle speed control
2021 Toyota Corolla Complaint Summary
|Complaint Category||Number of Complaints|
|Unknown Or Other|
|Vehicle Speed Control|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Adaptive Cruise Control|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings|
Problems with the Exterior Lighting
When driving at night, it’s essential to have exterior lighting that illuminates the road. Not only does this ensure the driver can see what’s ahead, but it also helps others see the vehicle. With the Toyota Corolla, customers regularly complain about the lack of visibility.
Here’s one complaint left with the NHTSA. “Traveling in the right lane. 18 wheel ahead was pulled to the shoulder. I moved over to the left lane. While moving over there was metal in the road (learned from State Police later from the 18 wheeler). Unable to avoid the object, the result was a blown tire. The design of the left headlight is made so on a two lane road, the oncoming traffic won’t be blinded. However, with an interstate, if in the right lane, the left lane has a blind spot. The headlights is ½ the length of the right headlight.”
It doesn’t seem that the engineers thought through the headlight design, but what could be expected after looking at the rest of the car’s design. With all of the manufacturing defects, the headlights are probably the smallest concern. For example, Service Bulletin #T-SB-0121-20 discusses how Corolla vehicles might have a splashing or sloshing sound that is heard when opening or closing the doors and turning at lower speeds. This sound comes from the water that gets trapped inside the doors because of poor manufacturing. Unless owners are hoping for a water ride experience, this is not a good quality for a car to have, yet Toyota has no problem thinking this car is going to somehow, “brighten” everyone’s future.
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Problems with the Vehicle Speed Control
Being able to accurately control the speed of a vehicle is a big deal. Without this ability, cars would be doing their own thing while heading down the road.
That’s the problem illustrated in this NHTSA complaint. “The contact owns a 2021 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated while attempting to park the vehicle when depressing on the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into a building. The contact stated the ‘vehicle was needing to be serviced’ warning light was illuminated. The air bags did not deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries or seek medical attention. A police report was filed. The contact towed the vehicle to an unknown location. The contact called the local dealer and made them aware of the failure.”
Sadly, Toyota isn’t ready to discuss this complaint yet. To cover the company’s reputation, Service Bulletin #T-TT-0615-20 was issued that showed concern over the vehicle surge and hesitation. At this time, the automaker is simply looking to hear from consumers. However, this bulletin was issued more than a year ago, with no resolution yet. At this point, it can be assumed that it isn’t going to move any further, leaving customers without a fix. The only way to permanently “brighten” the driver’s future is to look for a new vehicle that’s more reliable.
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