UPDATE: As a part of the recall, Toyota is also recalling 199,163 Pontiac Vibe models from 2005-2008 due to a a faulty powertrain control.
Toyota has 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 to address some Engine Control Modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured.
“On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, there is a possibility that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor), on the ECM”s circuit board,” Toyota said in a statement. “In most cases, if a crack occurs at certain solder points or on certain varistors, the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In limited instances, if cracking occurs on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.”
As part of the recall, the ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced at no charge to the owner, Toyota said. The Japanese automaker said that there are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this recall, one which resulted in a minor injury.
Customers looking for answers can visit www.toyota.com/recall or call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
– By: Omar Rana