It’s official: Toyota is issuing a voluntary recall of 1.13 million Corolla and Matrix models built for model years 2005 through 2008. The cars in question have an Engine Control Module (ECM) that may be defective as a result of a manufacturing error. Cracks may develop at solder joints, resulting in false “check engine” lights, rough shifting or difficult starting. If the cracks occur at a specific solder point, the vehicle may stall under normal driving conditions. To date, three accidents have been reported, one of which resulted in a minor injury.
The recall covers front wheel drive models with the 1ZZ-FE motor only. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified via mail, beginning in mid-September. Once parts are available, dealers will replace the defective ECMs at no charge. Toyota’s recall website provides detailed Q&A relating to this recall, and consumers with additional questions can reach Toyota’s customer service hotline at (800) 331-4331.