Last week Toyota rolled out one of its largest recalls since the auto manufacturer started recalling cars and trucks in October 2009. Toyota is recalling 1.3 million Corolla and Matrix models in the U.S. and Canada that may contain a defective part in the engine control module responsible for regulating engine performance, wftv.com reports.
The recall includes an additional 161,754 Pontiac Vibe vehicles build as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. It is believed the defect may cause some of the module circuit boards to crack which could lead to an engine stall or prevent it from starting. Three accidents have been tentatively linked to the failed circuit board, though Toyota says the link has not been confirmed.
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Toyota has now recalled almost 11 million vehicles in the last year, the Detroit News reports. The latest recall was issued on the heels of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration review. The NHTSA investigation has been ongoing since November 2009.
For vehicles no longer under warranty, Toyota is reimbursing owners who have paid for repairs out-of-pocket and plans to notify all Toyota Corolla and Matrix drivers by mail of the recall starting mid-September.
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