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#134 of 238 Toyota Corolla Recall
Feb 17, 2010 (5:39 am)
Toyota probes Corolla steering as its chief says he won't attend U.S. hearing
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press
Tokyo -- Toyota is considering a recall of its hot-selling Corolla subcompact after complaints about power steering problems -- another blow to the world's largest automaker already reeling from a string of recalls for safety problems.
Company President Akio Toyoda, meanwhile, said he won't be attending the U.S. congressional hearing on the automaker's safety lapses, entrusting the job to U.S.-based executives -- though he did say he would consider appearing if summoned. He said he wanted to focus his energies on improving quality worldwide.
"I trust that our officials in the U.S. will amply answer the questions," Toyoda told reporters Wednesday. "We are sending the best people to the hearing, and I hope to back up the efforts from headquarters."
He said Yoshi Inaba, who heads Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American unit, was more familiar with the U.S. situation and was the best executive to deal with the hearing. Toyoda said he was still making plans to go to the U.S. and dates have yet to be set.
But in an alarming disclosure that could widen Toyota's recall crisis, the Toyota executive in charge of quality controls, Shinichi Sasaki, said Toyota was taking seriously the complaints about power-steering problems in the Corolla, the world's best-selling car.
Sasaki said drivers may feel as though they were losing control over the steering, but it was unclear why. He mentioned problems with the braking system or tires as possible underlying causes of the steering problem.
There have been fewer than 100 complaints, the automaker says.
Speaking at Toyota's Tokyo office, Sasaki said it was still uncertain if a Corolla recall would be necessary but the automaker is considering one. The number of affected vehicles is unclear, he said.
The company was putting customers first in a renewed effort to salvage its reputation and would do whatever is necessary if a fix is needed, he said.
Toyota has recalled 8.5 million vehicles globally during the past four months because of problems with sticking gas pedals, floor mats trapping accelerators and faulty brake programming.
Reports of deaths in the U.S. connected to sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles have surged in recent weeks, with the alleged death toll reaching 34 since 2000, according to new consumer data gathered by the U.S. government.
#135 of 238 Re: Toyota Corolla Recall [revit]
Feb 17, 2010 (1:22 pm)
As I posted on the "Toyota EPS" forum, with the small number of complaints (less than 100) it's fair to say that if this is a problem at all, it only seems to be affecting some newer Corollas.
Feb 17, 2010 (2:52 pm)
When I roll down the passenger side power windows and then roll it up again, this action drags water up thus wetting or smearing the window. Anyone else have this happen? Don't recall that occurring on the 2002.
Yes, the 2010 Corolla is a quiet ride especially in the city but at highway speeds I'm sure other makes can be even quieter. I'm not complaining and it's much quieter than my 2002.
#137 of 238 Re: Windows [canuckrolla123]
Feb 17, 2010 (3:00 pm)
This happens to some degree on all of my cars for awhile after I wash it. You might try cleaning the glass real well e.g. with Bon Ami and seeing if that helps any.
#138 of 238 Re: Windows [canuckrolla123]
Feb 17, 2010 (3:09 pm)
The rubber window seals on some cars where the window recedes are not as tight as others. My windows wet on my 2001 and my 2009 Corolla like your stating, but smearing would be of some concern to me. Is it a greasy smear?
Feb 17, 2010 (4:11 pm)
By smearing I don't mean as in oil but just streaks...perhaps I should have used the term streak as in streaks of water running up the length of the window. The end result being the just cleaned window is now smeared.
While I'm at it, after I use the windshield fluid and the wipers have had a go, the water on the sides start to streak up and outwards due to the air blowing on the windshield when traveling at a high speed. I found that annoying and did not notice it on the 2002. I'm no engineer but maybe it has something to do with the slope of the windshield and hood of the car. The hood on the 2010 car is noticeably steeper than the 2002 so currents of air flowing over it may be of a different dynamic than on the 2002.
Aside from these very minor annoyances, I am very happy with the 2010 Corolla and feel great about the car every time I get into it (hey, it's only been 1 1/2 months....I'll get over it eventually
#140 of 238 Re: Windows [canuckrolla123]
Feb 17, 2010 (4:53 pm)
Good luck with your new car ! If that's all that you ever have to deal with you'll be a very happy Corolla owner.
Feb 17, 2010 (7:30 pm)
I'm a happy owner. No question about it. As I have said before, the car rides like a dream. Smooth, quiet, roomy and am one of those who appreciate and enjoy the EPS (works great...if I didn't know the car had EPS and was asked to describe how it felt...I'd simply answer that it was easy to steer). Reading the 2009 Corolla review here had me concerned initially but my own experience with the 2010 is a very different one from the review. The only unpleasant thing about owning the 2010 Corolla is the fact I'll be paying for it over the next several years, albeit at an easy to take 1.9% interest rate.
#142 of 238 Re: Windows [canuckrolla123]
Feb 17, 2010 (7:50 pm)
Great rate! Best I could do is 3.1 % from my credit union when I bought mine.
Perhaps you might want to post your (#141) oppinion of the steering on the EPS forum, I get blasted on there when I offer my 2009 Corolla approval.
Feb 19, 2010 (12:22 am)
The 3 year rate from Toyota Credit was 0%. 4 years was 1.9%.
This is a public forum and just about anyone can post here, including myself of course. Which means people can say just about anything. I participate on a few other forums (none are car related other than this one). You'll have to use the gray matter between the ears to try and figure out what's legit and what's not. I only had a chance to take a quick look at the link but if I were that person, I would have done something about it a loooooong time ago instead of just posting here. I don't care if it's a Toyota, Honda, Chevy, Ford or whatever brand.
My experience with the new car has mostly been with Michelin snow tires. I've only driven maybe 400+ kilometers with the original tires the car came with (forget if they were summer or 4 seasons now). It will soon be time to put the winter tires away.
Now back to the 2010 Corolla. Since I've been driving a 2002 for close to 8 years I haven't been car shopping or keeping up with the style changes in the Corolla until my recent purchase. I notice the tachometer and speedometer have switched sides. I preferred having the speedometer on the left as I could glance at it more readily without having to take my eyes off the road.
I like how they have redesigned the shifter. Very neat. The 2002 had a straight shifter so it was easy to move the car before Drive or Reverse was fully engaged. The new design prevents that which is a great idea. I'm not sure in which model year they first implemented that design.
Although I don't use it much as mine is normally set to the outside air temp, it's still nice to have those litres per kilometer (in the USA I imagine it would be gallons per mile) stats, etc.
The two small overhead lamps in the front....very useful and bright too. No longer having to reach for a flashlight to read something.
One of the best new features is the TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System. I've always wanted a car with that. Over the past 8 years or so, I've had about 4 occasion where the pressure in one of the tires has gone quite low. Each one was due to a foreign object (a nail or similar object) puncturing the tire. Each one was a slow leak so low pressure in the tire was not visually obvious. A tire can get very low in pressure before you will notice it visually. So this TPMS is well worth having.