After receiving 1,100 complaints regarding the 2005-2007 Toyota Matrix and Corolla, NHTSA has decided to broaden their investigation into the vehicles, after launching a preliminary inquiry in November of 2009.
According to reports, Toyota told NHTSA that a problem with the car’s ECU (engine control unit) that causes stalling, rough shifting and stops the car from re-starting after these problems occur. While the company hasn’t recalled the vehicles, it has issued a number of service bulletins and replaced the defective part on an unspecified number of vehicles. Toyota also replaced the part under warranty provided the vehicles had fewer than 80,000 miles.
Toyota faces lawsuits over the issue in a number of states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, Florida and California. The company was fined $16.4 million in March for delaying the recall of 2.3 million vehicles.
[Source: Detroit News]