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#668 of 1009 My First Accident
Feb 01, 2010 (4:50 pm)
I have a 2009 Toyota Corolla S. I absolutely love my car. But.....last November I had my first car accident ever and I've been driving for 27 years. It was raining quite heavily and I was turning out of my street, there was a car parked on the wrong side of the street, it was a black car so it was hard to see it in the dark, and by the time I saw the car I tried to break but my car wouldn't stop! The pedal was to the floor and my car wouldn't stop. I had just pulled out of my street after stopping at the stop sign so I wasn't going fast at all. I hit the parked car (that was illegally parked) but I guess that's not the point. Although I had time to stop, and my break was to the floor my car kept going and it didn't stop until my bumper was under the other cars bumper. There was $10000 damage to my new car and $2000 damage to the other car.
I chalked it up to the fact that it was raining and hard to see and the car was parked illegally, but when I heard about the new recall, it was like a light came on.
I believe that my accelerator stuck and my car was unable to stop. I remember the first thing I told the police was that "my car wouldn't stop", I had the brake to the floor but I just couldn't stop".
I have never had an accident in my life and I hope I never have one again.
I don't know if this can be proven, but I would like some direction as to what I can do to try to prove that it was the accelerator issue.
My insurance went up, and my record is now tainted, and I have a fear of driving in bad weather. If I can prove this then I could clear my record.
#669 of 1009 Re: My First Accident [lovemycar8]
Feb 01, 2010 (6:52 pm)
I guess it's possible that your car could have been one of them with brake issues. At the same time I think it should be well noted that the car was illegally parked or you wouldn't have hit it in the first place. I suppose had you not read or heard about Toyota's problems you never would have never thought it to be the accelerator pedal sticking, right? I expect there will be many more people that will now try to blame the accelerator pedals for their past accidents. And that's not saying that they are all false accusations. It's perfectly normal for all to look back at their past accidents and ask themselves, did my pedal get stuck? Get yourself a lawyer and jump aboard the class action lawsuit bandwagon. You probably should get a reputable third party automotive specialist to inspect your car's pedal and document his findings. As I stated above, it's possible that your car could have been one of them with brake issues so do what you think is necessary. What is it you expect to gain though? Do you really think your insurance company is going to lower your rates again if it's proven that your pedal did stick? I highly doubt it !
#670 of 1009 Re: Vibration in Steering Wheel and Gas Pedal of 2009 Corolla S [erikhaan]
Feb 04, 2010 (10:00 am)
I have a 2010 Crolla LE that has a bad rolling vibration problem. Dealer says it's a Corolla design characteristic and won't do anything but balance tires, which didn't fix problem. I've applied NCDS for arbitration under Lemon Law seeking to have Toyota "Buy Back" the car. Toyota is also sending a field representative to the Dealer to inspect the car. Will let you know outcome.
#671 of 1009 Re: Vibration in Steering Wheel and Gas Pedal of 2009 Corolla S [philb3]
Feb 04, 2010 (11:14 am)
Doesn't sound like something that can't resolved for you. What it does sound like is an indifferent dealer that just wants to sell cars and not provide customer service after the sale. Why didn't you just take it to another Toyota dealer for his diagnosis before you went to the extreme you did. Perhaps you're dissatisfied with the car in other additional aspects that led you to this point so soon in the process?
#672 of 1009 Just junk in general
Feb 04, 2010 (1:32 pm)
Well, that`s my opinion anyway about the 2009 Corolla that I am now "stuck" with. I was hoping to get that car traded for a Fusion, Taurus, Lucerne or other larger car soon, but with the bad press and recall, I guess I will have to spread mayo on the darned thing and eat it! I`m the one who had the spongey brakes that two different dealership service departments assured me that were completely normal (and I proved to myself that they were exactly like other cars on the lot.) Now I wonder if sudden acceleration is going to ensue and the car just doesn`t have the brakes to even TRY to control it. I wonder what is happening out there to Corolla trade in values and what others have experienced.
#673 of 1009 Re: Just junk in general [lonclip]
Feb 04, 2010 (2:00 pm)
Well you certainly won't get much for yours if the "brakes go to the floor". That's crazy and certainly not normal. I wouldn't give up on it so soon. Once someone actually finds the problem I'm sure it could be repaired at no cost to you. Why take a big loss on a new car with no brakes? I have an "09" Corolla and my brakes are no where near the floor; in fact, it actually has excellent stopping distances. Follow all of the appropriate channels. With all of their troubles I bet Toyota will listen to you now ! Get that baby fixed and be careful !
#674 of 1009 Re: 2010 Corolla radio does not turn on! [almich]
Feb 04, 2010 (5:05 pm)
Better than my wife's 2010 Corolla LE bought on 1/16/10, it didn't work at all...we didn't tested at the dealership...which we should of...so few days later, i hit the power button..wouldn't even power up.
My wife took it back for service, they said 7-10 to days for a new radio...I called my sales guy, this is unacceptable for brand new car..somehow it was fixed that day.
#675 of 1009 Re: 2010 Corolla radio does not turn on! [remyq]
Feb 04, 2010 (6:24 pm)
Sure, they took one from a new Corolla on the lot and put it in yours. Sometimes you gotta push a little to get what you want, or are deserving of. It was a little more work for them, but like you said it was unacceptable. Takes 10 minutes to swap one of these radios, they should have done that without being pushed.
#676 of 1009 Re: 2010 Corolla radio does not turn on! [almich]
Feb 05, 2010 (8:09 pm)
I took the car into my local Toyota dealership to have the radio issue inspected. I waited about two hours only to find out that they took out the radio and could not solve the issue. They ordered a new radio and it will take about a week to arrive. I am really disappointed with my car and if I could do it over again, I would get another car. I also found out that my friend's coworker had the same radio issue with a 2010 Corolla S!
#677 of 1009 Re: 2010 Corolla radio does not turn on! [almich]
Feb 05, 2010 (9:40 pm)
I hear my blackberry "packets" when I have it connected to the 12 volt plug. I have a 2009 but your 2010 are very similar. I get some strange steering steering when I am using my blackberry. There something on my blackberry that makes my steering wheel turn. Is there any blue tooth or such that causes the steering to automatically move?