Toyota Corolla and Matrix stalling issue solved, recall announced

2007 Corolla LE

Toyota just can’t get itself out of the recall quagmire it’s in.  Today, the automaker announced a recall of 1.13-million Corollas and Matrixes (Matrices?) from the 2005-2008 model years.  Only the two-wheel drive models are affected, which means your AWD Matrix is immune to this one.  The press release states that a crack can develop in the Electronic Control Module (ECM), which can lead to “harsh shifting” of the transmission or the engine stalling.  Only one minor injury has been attributed to this fault, out of three “unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this condition.”

2007 Matrix XR

This recall is a result of an earlier investigation, which we reported in March, and spans an extra model year (2008).  The recall’s fix is a new ECM, which will be replaced at no charge to customers, and should take less than 45 minutes per car to fix.  ECMs are typically between $500 and $2500, so this is no cheap fix for Toyota.

Any owners who still have questions, or have concerns about driving their vehicle prior to the new ECM being installed should call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

by John Suit

Source: Toyota

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