Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada will recall approximately 136,000 Corollas and 64,300 Matrix models, model years 2005 to 2008, for engine control modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in the recall.

On certain vehicles equipped with a 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, there is a possibility that a crack may develop on the ECM’s circuit board at certain solder points, or on the varistor, the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage.

In most cases, if a crack occurs, the “check engine” light may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In a small number of cases, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven. Toyota said it is not aware of any collisions or injuries related to this condition in Canada.

The ECM on involved vehicles will be replaced at no charge. Beginning in mid-September 2010, Toyota will mail an interim notification to advise owners of the recall, and a second notice will be sent when replacement parts become available. Owners who have previously paid for replacement of the ECM to address this specific condition should refer to the letter for reimbursement consideration instructions.

For more information, call 1-888-TOYOTA-8 or visit Toyota Canada.

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