Corolla/Corolla Matrix Recall

Toyota today announced a voluntary recall on approximately 1.13 million 2005-8 model year Corolla/Corolla Matrix vehicles due to cracks that would appear in the solder points in the vehicles electronic component “used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor), on the ECM’s circuit board.” According to the press release on Toyota’s new and improved online pressroom,

“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.”

This recall leads Toyota into its 15th straight month of recalls. Starting with the infamous unintended acceleration this saga has led to some major changes in Toyota. Not only is the company reacting quicker than ever to manufacturing issues, Toyota Motor Corp. is now devoting itself to constantly assuring their vehicles are among the safest on the road, and if that means corporate executives have to swallow their pride and issue yet another recall, well, that’s what it’s going to take.

From the press release:

     “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.”