Toyota says the problem was realized when the cars were examined by excited truck drivers.
"One of the truck drivers got into a car, pulled the telescopic steering column outwards and the clip fell off, allowing the steering column to drop down,'' Toyota spokesman Mike Breen said.
You have to wonder, how does quality testing take place at Toyota's factory in Japan? Are cars not inspected for basic faults prior to shipping?
Toyota says the faults have been found and the problem is being rectified. Whilst this has delayed shipping to dealers, it means that no unfortunate souls will find themselves with a broken steering column.
"Some dealers who were expecting their cars today won't get them. We are making sure the clips are right, so the delivery may be delayed a couple of days.''
The corolla has been delayed, but not for long, expect the new car in showrooms by end of next week.