This week, Toyota recalled about 1.13 million Matrix and Corolla cars because
of a problem with the vehicles’ engine control system. A faulty
engine module may cause the car to stall, shift hard, or fail to start.
2005-2008 models are affected by the recall.
This latest Toyota recall comes just as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had upgraded its investigation into more than 180 complaints it had received about stalled Toyota engines to the level of “engineering analysis.” MarketWatch reports that there may be over 1,100 consumer complaints.
The Corolla is one of the bestselling sedans in the US. The automaker says three accidents and one minor injury have been linked to this safety issue—although whether or not this is in fact the case is unconfirmed at this time. The latest recall ups the number of vehicles that Toyota has recalled in the past year to over 11 million autos.
Toyota’s latest recall also impacts approximately 200,000 General Motors Pontiac Vibes. The GM vehicles are similar to the Matrix and were built in a joint venture with Toyota. These autos too are on the recall list.
Our auto products liability law firm has been monitoring the Toyota recalls over the last year. If you believe that a car accident that you or your loved one was involved in may have been caused by a possible auto defect, it is important that you explore your legal options right away.
Auto defects can create safety issues that, if they go undetected and unremedied, can cause serious injuries and deaths. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, disfigurement, and internal injuries can occur. The lives of the victims, their loved ones, and the motorist accused of causing the auto accident—when in fact the crash was caused by a negligent auto manufacturer—can be catastrophically altered. A recall does not have to have been issued for your vehicle to have a dangerous auto defect.
GM’s Pontiac Vibe Affected By Latest Toyota Recall, Gant Daily, August 27, 2010
Toyota Corolla Recall Affects Other Models, Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2010
talling risk in Toyota Corolla, Matrix vehicles gets more scrutiny, Los Angeles Times, August 24, 2010
Toyota could be heading toward another recall, MarketWatch, August 24, 2010
Related Web Resources:
How to Report a Safety Complaint, NHTSA
Toyota Motor Corporation
Contact our Toyota sudden acceleration law firm to discuss your auto products liability case.