Toyota Corolla Recall 2010 may reach more than 1 Million Cars

By on Aug 27, 2010 in Automobile, United States, World Comments

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), which is based in California, USA announced yesterday (August 26) that a voluntary safety recall will be conducted, which involves around 1.13 million cars sold in the United States.

The affected models are 2005-2008 Model Year Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix and that some of them may have problems on Engine Control Modules (ECM). So far, no other Toyota or Lexus cars are included in the recall.

Toyota explained that “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 on cars equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive.”

If this crack occurs, the most potential effect may cause the check engine to illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. The least possible effect is that the engine will stop while the car is running. This was the additional explanation of Toyota.

So far, there are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this condition, and one of them reported a minor injury.

Toyota North America chief quality officer Steve St. Angelo said, “This recall is an example of our commitment to standing by our products and being responsive to our customers. Our goal is to help ensure that Toyota car drivers are completely confident in the safety and reliability of their vehicles.”

Within the middle of September 2010, Toyota will send a mail as interim notification to advise owners of this recall and the fact that they will receive a future notice when parts become available to complete the repairs.

Toyota car consumers who have previously paid for ECM replacement regarding this problem should refer to the owner letter for reimbursement consideration instructions.

As part of the recall, the ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced for free which or no charge to the owner.

It can be remembered that Toyota had previous car recall involving gas pedal and brakes.

For concerned consumers who have some questions about this issue, they can visit Toyota Corolla Recall FAQ page.

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