Toyota recalls Corolla and Matrix models

The company is concerned about cracks that could form in the engines of the affected cars.

By Kim Peterson Aug 26, 2010 2:39PM
Toyota (TM) has announced yet another recall, this time because some of its cars could stall "at any speed, without warning." Yikes. That's about as nightmarish a scenario as one could imagine.

The recall covers about 1.13 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles from the 2005 through 2008 model years. At least three reported accidents were related to an engine defect that has become the focus of the recall, Bloomberg reports.

This has been a terrible year for Toyota, though its share price Thursday dropped only slightly after the recalls were announced. Over the past 12 months, the company has recalled more than 9 million vehicles -- including the latest one -- for problems including faulty pedals, unintended acceleration and floor-mat entrapment.

For the latest recall, Toyota says it wants to look at some engine control modules that may not have been made correctly, AFP reported.
Cracks could form at solder points or on the electronic parts that protect circuits on the modules, the company said. Those cracks could keep the engine from starting or make it stall on the road.

Starting next month, Toyota will mail letters to owners telling them about the recall. The company said it will send another notice to owners after it gets the parts needed for the repairs.

More about the recall is on this site. Toyota also said concerned owners can call 1-800-331-4331 with questions.
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