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Toyota Recalls 1.1 Million Corollas, Matrixes

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM

(Detroit, MI - Jerome Vaughn, WDET)  Toyota is recalling more than a million vehicles because of engines that could stall.    The recall includes Toyota Matrix hatchbacks and Corolla sedans from the 2005 through 2008 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the affected vehicles could have a defective engine control model.  A crack in the part could prevent the engine from starting properly.  In some cases the engine could stop running while the car is being driven increasing the possibility of a crash.

Toyota says there are three reports of accidents that might be connected to the issue.

Dealers will inspect the engine control modules and make repairs at no cost to consumers.  Affected owners will be notified about the recall next month.  A second notice will be sent out when parts for repairs become available.

The recall is the latest in a string of product safety issues for Toyota vehicles.  The automaker has recalled millions of vehicles in the past year…including the widely publicized action to resolve unexpected acceleration problems in several models.

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