TOYOTA CANADA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY SAFETY RECALL ON CERTAIN TOYOTA COROLLA AND COROLLA MATRIX MODELS TO REPLACE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE
TORONTO, ON – August 26, 2010 - Toyota Canada Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 136,000 2005-2008 Model Year Toyota Corolla and 64,300 of the same model year Corolla Matrix vehicles sold in Canada 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” light may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In a small number of cases, should cracking occur on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.
Toyota Canada is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition in Canada.
Toyota is committed to responding to the needs of our customers quickly and efficiently as well as ensuring that they 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. A second notice will be sent when replacement parts become available to complete 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 the Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at 1-888-TOYOTA-8. Additional vehicle safety information is available at www.toyota.ca
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Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus cars, SUVs and trucks, and Toyota Industrial Equipment. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.