Toyota Recalls 1.13 Billion Corolla Sedans, Matrix


Barely three months after it got out of the brake pedal failure problem, Toyota, one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers,  has announced another  recall of over 1.13 million Corolla sedans and Matrix because their engines may stall, the latest in a string of quality problems at the Japanese automaker.

The recall covers vehicles from the 2005 to 2008 model years. Three accidents and one minor injury have been reported, although Toyota said a link to the engine issue has not been confirmed.

The automaker said vehicles with 1ZZ-FE engines may contain a defective engine control module, the computer that regulates the performance of the engine. In some cases, a crack may develop on the module’s circuit board, which could prevent the engine from starting, harsh shifting or engine stall.

Toyota said it will replace the engine control modules on the recalled vehicles at no cost, while it will begin mailing notifications to customers with affected Corollas and Matrixes starting in mid-September.

Toyota Motor Corporation has recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide over the past year for a range of problems, including faulty gas pedals, floor mats that can trap accelerators and braking problems in its Prius hybrid.

Federal regulators have been investigating the possibility of engine stalls in the Corolla and Matrix models since December and intensified their probe earlier last week.

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