Toyota Recalls 1.13M Corolla, Matrix Vehicles

Engine Control Modules May Have Been Improperly Manufactured

Torrance-based Toyota USA is voluntarily recalling about 1.13 million 2005-08 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles sold in North America to fix engine control modules that may have been improperly manufactured, the company announced Thursday.

No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in the recall.

On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, a crack could develop at certain solder points or on an electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage.

In most cases, if a crack occurs, the check engine light may go on, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In limited instances, 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 involved a minor injury.

"This recall is an example of our commitment to standing by our products and being responsive to our customers, said Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America. "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 control modules will be replaced at no charge.

Beginning in mid-September, Toyota will notify owners by mail, and then send a future notice when parts become available to complete the repairs.

Owners who have previously paid for replacement of the module should refer to the letter for reimbursement instructions.

More information is available at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331.