• Bob Posted: 2/22/2010 6:44am PST

    They already have.

  • sandyandhoward Posted: 2/13/2010 6:51am PST

    my 05 corolla had perfect steering at 100,000 miles.my 09 with 17000 miles is an accident waiting to happen especially at turnpike speed or in a crosswind.toyota fixed what was not broken.why?cheaper maybe.as rocket88 says its not torque steer nor transmission.mine is auto. toyota is going to get someone killed

  • Kathleen Radcliffe Posted: 2/10/2010 1:43pm PST

    Hyannis Toyota refused to repair the window re-call on my soon to be ex and never to purchase again Corolla or any other Toyota.What goes around comes around!

  • rocket88 Posted: 2/9/2010 7:05pm PST

    Torque steer happens under moderate to heavy acceleration and under load. The article doesn't say anything about pulling on acceleration so what does torque steer have to do with it? My guess is its a software problem?

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 2/9/2010 6:27pm PST

    @Damien. You’re correct. The feeling that the front drive car pulls to the side when you get on or off the throttle quickly is called torque steer. If you think the Corolla is bad just because of electric power booster steering – not likely.
    When GM introduced the Oldsmobile Toronado with a 7 liter V8, there was lots of throttle-on steer. It required that the longitudinal engine / transaxle offset had to be eliminated by using a jack shaft that extended the passenger side CV joint equally far off center as the left side. That made the angles, as seen from the front, of the axle shaft and the wheel spindle to be the same.
    There are a lot of things that affect straight line stability on crowned roads or in cross winds. The whole three-dimensional picture of the front and rear suspensions has to be just right. Most European chassis engineers know how.
    Despite learning how to handle the torque steering for the 1966 big FWD car, GM’s people forgot the lesson when the 1980 X-cars were introduced. Those cars had an inline four or a V6 engine located crosswise. Even the V6 is puny compared to a big block V8. Torque steer was again due to unequal length axle shafts. It was a problem only with the manual transmission cars. Why? The sharpness of the power-on / power-off transitions are much worse with a clutch car compared to the torque converter car.
    Based on that experience, my guess is that the wayward Corollas have manual transmissions – and lopsided front geometry.

  • Allan Posted: 2/9/2010 5:56pm PST

    If it's not a recall yet it sure sounds like it will be. After a few denials, maybe?

  • hedorah Posted: 2/9/2010 4:01pm PST

    Torque Steer?
    It would be extra bad if the new RX got recalled ... that is Lexus's big seller.

  • Charge Butwell Posted: 2/9/2010 3:30pm PST

    Jeez, this is all getting too confusing to keep straight. Couldn't they just recall everything for everything? gaaaaaaaaaah ...

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 2/9/2010 1:43pm PST

    @Autoboy, Front-wheel drive cars are going to pull to the side when you floor it. However, I think Toyota just became overconfident and too complacent. Remember GM?

  • AutoBoy Posted: 2/9/2010 12:48pm PST

    starting to feel like a bit of piling on here. "pull to the side at higher speeds" reported by 83 people since early 2008. any potential there may be some user error here?

  • Eric Berlin Posted: 2/9/2010 12:45pm PST

    Wow, not good times over at Toyota...

  • Fizz Posted: 2/9/2010 12:36pm PST

    Talk about a bad couple of weeks! So far Toyota has not responded well to this problem at all.

  • uhoh Posted: 2/9/2010 12:32pm PST

    Toyota is not having a good 2010