Toyota and NHTSA Investigating Corolla Engine Stalls

According to the USA Today (3/18, Healey), NHTSA is “probing a flaw that could cause popular Toyota Corolla compacts to stall, a problem that Toyota says is likely to affect only a tiny number of cars. Although some owners have said cars stalled in intersections or on highways, Toyota says the issue shouldn’t be considered a safety problem.” NHTSA records indicate that the problem originates with the vehicles’ engine control modules.

Bloomberg News (3/18, Ohnsman) reports that Toyota “is reviewing complaints linked to electronic control units in Corolla and Matrix small cars sold in the US that may cause the engine to shut down.” The faulty ECMs are “in 1.19 million model 2005 through 2007 vehicles, Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a March 2 letter the company provided to the media today. Toyota doesn’t believe there’s an immediate safety issue related to the problem and hasn’t determined whether a recall will occur, said Brian Lyons, a company spokesman.”

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