Toyota (Stock Quote: TM) announced Thursday that it is recalling 1.13 million Corollas and Corolla Matrixes released in the U.S. between 2005 and 2008. According to a press release, Toyota will recall the vehicles over concerns that the vehicle’s computer, also known as the electronic control module, may crack.
“In most cases, if a crack occurs at certain solder points or on certain varistors, the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start,” Toyota said in the press release. “In limited instances, if cracking occurs on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.”
Or, to put it more simply, this manufacturing flaw could cause cars to stall unexpectedly while you’re driving.
Toyota emphasized that this is a voluntary safety recall, meaning they are acting preemptively to fix the issue, rather than waiting indefinitely to do so, as they did previously with their faulty Camrys and Lexus ES vehicles. However, as USA Today points out, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced earlier this week that it had received more than 150 complaints about Toyota’s stalling and would launch an investigation into the problem.Toyota plans to contact customers affected by this recall in mid-September with information on how to repair the vehicle.
For Toyota, this announcement means the automaker is once again making headlines for massive recalls, after a brief period of calm. So far this year, the company has had 15 major recalls affecting more than 6 million vehicles, most of which were due to gas pedal problems. Faulty Toyota vehicles have allegedly led to more than 100 deaths as well as some massive lawsuits involving two deaths caused by Land Cruisers. The list of recalled vehicles has only grown longer, affecting popular models like the Avalon, the Prius and, now, the Corolla.