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Toyota Recalls a Million Corolla and Matrix Models

Add another million or so to the growing Toyota defect list.

by on Aug.26, 2010

More than a million Corollas in the U.S. and an unknown amount globally are recalled.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.13 million 2005-2008 Model Year Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles sold in North America.

Defective engine control modules are the latest safety defect at the beleaguered Japanese company.

On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, a crack may develop at solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor) on the ECM’s circuit board.

In most but not all cases, Toyota says if a crack occurs the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In some instances, if cracking occurs on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.


There are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this defect, one of which reported a minor injury.

As part of the recall, the ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced at no charge to the owner as is required by U.S. regulations.


Another Major Safety Investigation Targets Toyota

Best-seller Corolla, Matrix face new troubles over stalling.

by on Aug.26, 2010

A new NHTSA investigation targets potentially faulty circuit boards that could cause engine stalling with the 2005 - 07 Corolla and Matrix.

Toyota is facing yet another major investigation, involving what has been one of the company’s best-selling vehicles.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has launched a new investigation into possible defects with the maker’s Corolla and Matrix models, sold between 2005 and 2007, which reportedly face problems with unexpected engine stalling.

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If the NHTSA investigation validates claims of a safety defect, Toyota could be pushed to order a recall of 1.2 million vehicles.  The situation compounds the Japanese automaker’s already severe safety-related problems, more than 8 million of its vehicles being recalled since last October due to two separate sudden acceleration-related defects.  Over a million more products, from the Toyota Tundra pickup to the Lexus HS250h hybrid, have been called back for reports covering everything from severe corrosion to leak fuel tanks.

(Jeep under investigation for fuel tank leaks involving up to 3 million vehicles. Click Here for more.)

Problems involving Corolla come at a particularly bad time considering both the increased competition in the compact car segment – and investigations into other problems with the popular Japanese product.