Toyota Corolla Complaints Being Reviewed By U.S.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, is being reviewed by the U.S. after driver complaints about steering, according to a government spokeswoman.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recorded more than 80 complaints about Corolla steering for 2009 and 2010 models, according to the agency’s online database.

“We are reviewing steering complaints with the Corolla,” Karen Aldana, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in an e-mail. NHTSA wants “to determine if a safety defect investigation is warranted, as is standard procedure with all complaints.”

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The inquiry, which was reported earlier by Automotive News, may add to troubles for Toyota, which is recalling 437,000 hybrid cars globally on top of the almost 8 million vehicles the company is repairing for separate defects.

“We have not received any official communication regarding an evaluation of Corolla,” Ed Lewis, a Toyota spokesman in Washington, said in an e-mail. “We will cooperate, of course, with any inquiry the agency has.”

Consumers have complained that they have had difficulty keeping the Corolla going straight on highways, according to the NHTSA database.

“The first time my wife drove it on the highway her arms were tired after 25 miles trying to keep it straight,” according to one of the complaints, which said the failure occurred Sept. 20 on a 2010 Corolla.

A 2010 Corolla “drives all over the road,” one owner told NHTSA after an incident last month. “It feels like I’m driving on black ice, constantly, trying to compensate for the oversteer.”

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