And now for something completely the same: another Toyota Recall

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Yet another Toyota recall has been announced. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A lot of automotive recalls have happened this year. Perhaps the most high profile of automotive recalls so far this year was the infamous Toyota recall involving a defective accelerator pedal. If the automaker can be credited for one thing, it is consistency, as another Toyota recall is in effect. This recall may not be as pervasive, as fewer vehicles are involved. Only a few model years on two different cars offered by the automaker have the defect in question. However, as Toyota is trying to recover from the earlier recall and fallout, this will be a setback.

Yet another Toyota recall

There have been several recalls from Toyota. New Toyota recalls are starting to become more regular than full moons, and a new Toyota recall has just been announced. The problem being addressed by this Toyota recall is with the engines in more than 1.3 million vehicles. There is a problem with the engine control module. The defect can affect shifting or cause the engine to stall while driving and keep the motor from starting, according to CNN. A small number of accidents may have resulted from this problem.

More than 1 million cars to be fixed

The models in question are the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Matrix. The model years are from 2005 to 2008. The defect in the 1ZZ-FE engine is in the circuit board in the Engine Control Module, where the circuit board can crack. This defect affects the shifting and can cause the engine to shut off while driving. Engines may also be unable to start. There are 1.13 million vehicles in the U.S. and another 200,000 in Canada that could be affected. According to the Los Angeles Times, this will bring the number of vehicles Toyota has recalled this year to about 10 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating these models.

After years of market share Toyota can do no right

Toyota, in the past few years, had captured market share of U.S. auto sales. The lead was tenuous at best, and this may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler would be happy to take some of those customers back.

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