Toyota Recalls Corolla, Matrix, Vibe
This one concerns Toyota Corolla and Matrix models manufactured in between 2005-2008, all equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and in two-wheel drive configuration. 1.13 million such vehicles are apparently at risk of being affected by a faulty Engine Control Module (ECM). The problem is a manufacturing defect of the ECM which can cause a series of problems.
Toyota says that several components of the module may develop cracks in time, leading to issues like the check engine light becoming active, harsh shifting or even engine start failure. In severe cases, there is a possibility the car's engine will stop running while the vehicle is being driven.
The same issue is affecting 200,163 Pontiac Vibe models manufactured in between 2005-2008. Since the Vibe is the GM version of the Matrix (Matrix was built at the now dead NUMMI facility), it is manufactured using the same parts.
“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 drivers are completely confident in the safety and reliability of their vehicles,” said Toyota's chief quality officer for North America Steve St. Angelo.
There is no actual date for set for the beginning of the recall. The carmaker will begin sending “interim notifications” to owners in mid-September. As soon as the parts become available, it should be a quick fix, says the manufacturer.
Toyota dealers and services will replace the ECM on the vehicles altogether, at no extra cost for the owners. Those interested in learning more about the problem should follow this link.