Toyota Corolla Recall Due to Engine Control Module Problem – After the Egg Recall issued by several egg companies and the Nuvi recall issued by Garmin, another recall is issued by automaker Toyota. Accordingly, the Toyota car models affected by this recall are 1.13 million units of Toyota Corolla and Toyota Corolla Matrix manufactured from years 2005 to 2008 that are sold in the United States.
The cause of the recall points to improperly manufactured Engine Control Modules (ECM). On Toyota Corollas 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, on the ECM’s circuit board.
Toyota continues in its press room that in most cases, if a crack occurs at certain solder points or on certain varistors, the check engine may illuminate which could result to harsh shifting, 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.
Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America, 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 drivers are completely confident in the safety and reliability of their vehicles.”
Toyota has not yet released which vehicle identification numbers (VINs) are affected in this recall. If you suspect that you have purchased a Toyota Corolla car that might be included in the recall, Toyota will replace the involved ECM at no charge. The recall will start mid-September 2010 when Toyota intends to release an interim notification to advise owners of this recall. For those who have spent their money in having this ECM repaired, Toyota said that they will reimburse come mid-September 2010. For any questions about this Toyota Corolla recall, you can contact your local Toyota dealer or Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331.