Over the last several months, Toyota has recalled millions of it vehicles due to a possible interference with the acceleration pedal, but the recalls don’t end there. Recently, Toyota announced to the public that a new recall on Corolla and Matrix models, will be launched in September. This recall that will affect approximately 1.13 million 2005-2008 Model Year Corolla/Matrix vehicles sold in the United States with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two wheel drive. The recall is being issued due to a improperly manufactured Electronic Control Modules (ECM’s), that can cause your vehicle to shift roughly, cause the check engine malfunction light to come on, and possibly cause your vehicle to stall out. Notifications for vehicles that will be affected by the recall will be sent out to owners in September, but repairs notifications are not expected to be released until November, when parts expected for repairs are expected to be available.
What is the failure with the Electronic Control Module?
Some of the qualifying model year Toyota’s ECM’s have been improperly manufactured, that can result with cracking at certain solder points or on the electronic component that is used to protect against excessive voltage on the ECM’s circuit boards.
How do I know if my vehicle qualifies for the recall?
There are several different ways to find out if your vehicle qualifies for this recall. The first way is a notification from Toyota that is expected to be sent in mid-September. In some cases owners may not be notified if their vehicle has been purchased from a location other that a Toyota dealer and has since not returned to a dealer for repairs. The notification will be sent to the original owner, since records within Toyota’s systems have not been updated, indicating you as the new owner. In cases such as this, you can simply contact your local Toyota dealer or Toyota Customer Experience Center, and have they check according to your vehicle’s identification number (VIN). The vehicle’s identification number can be found on your vehicles registration card or insurance card.
Toyota Customer Experience Center – (800)-331-4331
Monday through Friday, 5:00 am – 6:00 pm PST
Saturday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm PST
When is the remedy for the recall expected to be released and how long are the repairs expected to take?
Toyota is expected to send Recall Repair Notifications out in November, when parts are available to complete the repairs. Once receiving notification of the availability of the parts that are required to complete the repairs, contact your local Toyota dealer, to schedule the repair. The repair is expected to take about 40 minutes, but can take slightly longer, due to dealers workload.
What do I do if I experience these conditions prior to having the recall performed?
If a customer believes the vehicle has experienced EMC failure , he or she is asked to contact their local Toyota dealer for diagnosis, and if applicable it will be repaired at no charge to the owner. Since parts are limited, Toyota has yet to issue the repair for all vehicles that qualify for the recall. That is why customers experiencing the conditions will be treated as an emergency repair and will receive the updated ECM, prior the launching of the recall.
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