Problems just keep on coming for Toyota. They may be recalling 1.19 million Corolla and Matrix models, model years 2005-2007, for electronic issues which cause them to stall.
Toyota has said it wants to meet US officials to discuss this issue. They say that “Toyota does not believe that the alleged defect creates an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.” They’re probably right, but let’s be honest here, if you know about this issue and can’t be bothered to get it fixed, that’s not going to do your image any good, and Toyota’s image is already pretty battered.
This stalling issue has been under investigation by the NHTSA since November 2009. At the time, they had 26 complaints of Corollas and Matrixes stalling due to failures in the ECUs. The failures happen completly randomly, with cases ranging from highway cruising to passing through an intersection. Toyota believes the failure occurs because of a crack in soldered joints in the unit or because of an electrical short. In both situations, the engine will stall or fail to start.
We’ll keep you updated on any developments.