More than million Toyota vehicles recalled

(August 30, 2010) Just when we thought the worst was over for Toyota comes news last week of another massive recall.

This one affects more than a million Toyota Corolla and Matrix vehicles.

Toyota announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.13 million 2005-2008Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles sold in the United States to address some Engine Control Modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall.

The recall also involved about 200,000 Pontiac Vibes, built on the same assembly line as the Toyota models.
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.