Corolla surges under brakes
Several times recently my mother-in-law’s 2005 Toyota Corolla has surged quite strongly when she has braked at urban speeds and she is concerned about the safety of the car, as well as her own safety and the safety of pedestrians. When this has occurred she has been braking under normal driving conditions and her immediate response is to press as hard as possible on the brakes, which does slow the car and bring it back under her control. She is adamant the problem is not caused by the accelerator being caught under the floor mat or by her foot being on both brake and accelerator. Her Toyota dealer could not find any problem with the car and did not know of any other instances of this happening. She is seriously considering replacing the car. Do you know of any other instances of this occurring, and if so what remedy can be applied?
Jim Hall, email
There have been reports of unintended acceleration of Toyotas, mostly in the US. Toyota Australia says the US situation can’t occur here because the cars sold here have a different accelerator arrangement. Wehave passed your concerns on to Toyota and requested they check her Corolla.