You May Want To Ease Off The Throttle There Mario
Is it something we said? Like a cold sore, apparently our complimentary views are the kiss of death when it comes to the recall explosion that has spread throughout the industry and bitten Toyota twice in recent memory. Just days after largely patting Toyota on the back for their updated Matrix hatchback, the Japanese automaker is reporting that approximately 95,500 vehicles sold in America have a potentially serious brake issue.
With colder weather approaching, this problem is particularly relevant for those living in the areas of the U.S. that are prone to icy weather conditions. Toyota is stating that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation port could leak into the brake system of affected vehicle’s vacuum port and cause it to freeze. Should this condition continue, ice may slowly accumulate at the brake system vacuum port and in the extreme case, ultimately plug the vacuum port. As a result of the accumulation of ice, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances or possible failure. Vehicles determined to be at risk include 2009 and 2010 model year Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, and 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles all equipped with 1.8 liter engines.
Toyota’s remedy involves installation of a new intake air connector that relocates the brake system vacuum port and hopefully corrects the problem completely. Since this condition only manifests in extremely low ambient temperatures, vehicle owners from 19 affected states will begin receiving a Safety Recall Notification early September, 2009. Those states are: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Not to be preachy, but unless you like the idea of braking Fred Flintstone-style it may be to your benefit even if you live in other states than those listed to go ahead and have this fixed just to be on the safe side.