Toyota Recalls 1.1 Million Corolla, Matrix Models; GM Recalls 200,000 Vibes

Toyota Recalls 1.1 Million Corolla, Matrix Models; GM Recalls 200,000 Vibes

Clear of any bad PR for at least a few weeks, Toyota has been hit by yet another safety issue with its cars, announcing a recall of 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix models. The recall involves the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine in the cars and as such also affects 200,000 Pontiac Vibes. Models affected include the 2005 to 2008 model year cars.

At issue is the Engine Control Module (ECM), which may have been “improperly manufactured.” The unit could crack at certain solder points resulting in the check engine light to come on, harsh shifts to occur or the engine to simply not start.

Three accidents are been reported related to this issue (including one injury) but none have been confirmed.

Toyota will replace the units starting in mid September.

See after the jump for the official Toyota and GM press releases:

Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recall on Certain Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix Models

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.13 million 2005-2008 Model Year Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles sold in North America to address some Engine Control Modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall.

On vehicles 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 (varistor), on the ECM’s circuit board. In most cases, if a crack occurs at certain solder points or on certain varistors, the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, 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.

There are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this condition, one of which reported a minor injury.

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.”

As part of the recall, the ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced at no charge to the owner. Beginning in mid-September 2010, Toyota will mail an 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. Owners who have previously paid for replacement of the ECM to address this specific condition should refer to the owner letter for reimbursement consideration instructions.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Saturday 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. PDT.

From General Motors:

Toyota Recalls 2005-08 Pontiac Vibes for Stalling Condition

Toyota Motor Co. announced a safety recall Thursday for 200,163 Pontiac Vibe models from 2005-2008 because a faulty powertrain control. As part of the same action, Toyota is recalling 1.13 million Toyota Corolla and Matrix models from the same model years.

The 2-wheel-drive Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are sister vehicles built between April 2004 and January 2008 at the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. joint venture between GM and Toyota. The vehicles were designed and engineered by Toyota.

On some of these vehicles, the PCM may have been improperly manufactured and include components that can fail prematurely. In most cases, the engine warning lamp could be illuminated, harsh transmission shifting could result, the engine may stall or the engine may not start. In limited instances, the engine could stall while the vehicle is being driven.

Vibe customers will receive preliminary recall letters in September and a follow-up letter when replacement ECMs are available for their vehicles. Since GM has wound down the Pontiac brand, owners will be instructed to take their vehicles to other GM dealerships for service, which will be performed free of charge.

  • Phred Sanphred

    Nothing to see here, move along, perfect Toyota is just doing this out of the goodness of their heart.

    They can’t build an engine controller but their gas pedals are perfect?

  • Ahmed Ginnah

    WOW, again, Nothing New!!!! First it was gas pedals, then the Tundra Rust on Chassis and spare wheels falling off, then Electric power steering faulty, then electric window switches faulty, then electric window regulators faulty and windows fallig into doors, then Steering rods snapping at steering box, then fuel leaks on Rav4, then steering lock mechanisms locking whilst car in motion, then exhaust manifolds cracking due to excessive heat, then Fortuna/Lexus 4×4 rolling over unpredictably, and the list goes on and on and on. WHAT NEXT? To top it all, Toyota blames all “unintended acceleration” cases on the driver and not on themselves, YET, National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) in the USA has handed over the matter to NASA to look at the computer boxes of Toyota cars and also “NHTSA is to investigate Electric Celphone Interference from Cell phones as possible Cause of Unintended acceleration”. See This very site August 19, 2010. YET Toyota blames it on the drivers. Makes you think, Doesn’t it?


    ABOUT TIME. My car stopped running on the highway today and it was scary. Just stopped , no power and a pain to get to the side of the road. almost got into a accident because of the ecm failure. Towed it in to Toyota and they replaced the ecm at no charge but the close call will make me think twice about buying a Toyota again. They replaced it with ecm #89661-02K22. Hope this will be the end of the problem.

  • Ahmed Ginnah

    My sympathies with Johnny, the commenter above:

    Thank God he lived to tell the tale.

    It is about time Toyota drivers realize that they could a victim of circumstances and very easily become a statistic in the Toyota records book. Toyota
    recalls, Toyota recalls and More Toyota recalls, WHEN IT IS GOING TO STOP. The only way to stop this crap, is refrain from supporting Toyota.

    Driving a Toyota these days is like the old days in the jungle, being a story of “SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST”, or rather survival of the luckiest.

    Your lives are at stake, you only have ONE life, WHY RISK IT!!!!

    Ahmed Ginnah