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Toyota recalls 1.13 million Corollas in North America

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Toyota has recalled 1.13 million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks because their engines may stall, in the latest in a string of quality problems at the Japanese auto giant.


AFP - Japanese automaker Toyota announced Thursday the recall of 1.13 million of its popular Corolla vehicles in North America due to an engine defect that could lead the car to stop while driving.

Toyota, the world's largest car manufacturer, said the recall was issued for Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles built between 2005 and 2008 "to address some engine control modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured."

The recall is a fresh blow to the automaker which recalled some 10 million vehicles across the world earlier this year due to a faulty acceleration system.

It said in a statement that there was a possibility that "a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage" on the ECM’s circuit board.

The crack can result in the engine not starting or, in some cases, stopping while the vehicle is being driven, it said.

There were three "unconfirmed" accidents allegedly linked to this condition, one of which reported a minor injury, the statement said.

The recall followed an investigation opened in November by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into reports of motor stalling in Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured between 2005 and 2007.

The NHTSA said it had received 163 complaints on the engine suddenly stalling without any warning.

Toyota has seen its reputation badly damaged after it recalled about 10 million vehicles worldwide because of dangerous defects, many involving "sticky" gas pedal problems that could cause vehicles to speed out of control.

The Japanese automaker paid a record 16.4-million-dollar fine earlier this year to settle claims it hid gas pedal defects blamed for more than 50 US deaths and faces a host of civil lawsuits over issues with "unintended acceleration."

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