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Corolla May Be Next on Toyota Recall List

Maker preparing fix for unexpected stalling problem.

by on Mar.18, 2010

This 2006 Corolla sedan could be the next model on Toyota's recall list, here for stalling issues.

Toyota’s nascent attempt to overcome image problems regarding the safety of its vehicles could be in for another setback, with the automaker telling U.S. regulators it is considering ways to prevent the unexpected stalling in the world’s most popular nameplate.

In a letter to the National Highway Safety Administration, the embattled automaker insisted the problem does not pose “an unreasonable risk,” but is nonetheless looking at ways to prevent stalling, which it has traced to engine control modules provided by two of its suppliers.

Critics of course have said that Toyota – and all automakers – do not properly test software, and that the safeguards used by other industries are not in place. Worse, NHTSA has only one software engineer on staff, and its regulations were developed before the onset of the widespread use of electronics in vehicles, including drive by wire systems that are now ubiquitous.

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NHTSA reports it has so far received 76 complaints involving 2005 through 2007 versions of the Corolla and Matrix models involving stalls that have occurred unexpectedly, sometimes at high speeds.

The problem is, ironically, believed to be related to a fix for a previous problem with those two vehicles.


Toyota Faces Yet Another Safety Probe

Feds looking at stalling problems with Corolla, Matrix.

by on Dec.05, 2009

NHTSA is investigating potential stalling problems involving the 2006 Toyota Corolla (shown here) and Matrix models.

NHTSA is investigating stalling problems 2006 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models.

Still struggling to deal with the fallout from the controversial recall of 3.8 million vehicles, Toyota is facing the challenge of yet another federal safety probe.  Government regulators are probing complaints that some of the automaker’s vehicles may stall in traffic, sometimes at high speed.

Long known for bullet-proof reliability, the growing number of problems attributed to various Toyota products threatens to tarnish the automaker’s carefully-cultivated image.

Complicating the situation is an ongoing battle with a whistle-blower claiming the Japanese giant has hidden damaging evidence connected to potential vehicle rollover problems.

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The latest problem involves one of Toyota’s most popular models, the Corolla, as well as the compact Matrix crossover.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it has so far received 26 complaints that versions of those two models produced during the 2006 model year experience “stalls occurring randomly while driving, including some on highways and some in intersections.”