• Aug 27, 2009
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Toyota has begun working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall 95,700 vehicles with a brake issue that could lead to poor stopping at low temperatures. The recall involves 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models and 2008-2009 Scion xD models with the 1.8-liter engine, and only customers in 19 cold weather states are eligible for the recall.

Toyota says the problem may arise when condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation port seeps into the brake system vacuum port and freezes. As ice accumulates, the brake vacuum port could plug up and "power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances." That doesn't sound good. Owners of affected vehicles will soon receive a notice from Toyota, followed by instructions to take the vehicle to a Toyota dealership for no-cost repairs. Dealer technicians will install a newly designed intake air connector that relocates the brake system vacuum port, a one-hour procedure.

While it's definitely a good thing that Toyota caught this issue as soon as it did, we have a bit of an issue with the fact that the recall is only for cold weather states. It's not like a Corolla or Matrix can't cross state lines during winter, and nobody deserves to be met with brakesicles when they try to stop. Hit the jump to pour over Toyota's press release.



[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE:

TOYOTA ANNOUNCES SAFETY RECALL ON SELECT VEHICLES

Torrance, Calif., August 26, 2009 -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will launch
a voluntary Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) involving approximately 95,700 Toyota and Scion vehicles sold in the United
States.
On certain 2009 and 2010 model year Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles all equipped with 1.8 liter engines, Toyota has determined that if the vehicle is operated in extremely low ambient temperatures, there is a possibility that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze. Should this condition continue, ice may slowly accumulate at the brake sy stem vacuum port and in the extreme case, ultimately plug the vacuum port. As a result of the accumulation of ice, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.

Since this condition only manifests in extremely low ambient temperatures,
vehicle owners from 19 affected states will begi n receiving a Safety Recall Notification via first class mail in early September, 2009. Those states are: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Toyota dealers will install a newly designed intake air connector which relocates the brake system vacuum port. The repair will take approximately one hour, depending on the dealers work schedule, at no charge to the vehicle owner.
No other Lexus, Toyota, or Scion vehicles are involved. Customers with questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or the Scion Customer Experience at 1-866-70SCION(707-2466).


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's "pore over" not "pour over".

      Unless the press release is a liquid and it's being transferred to another location.

      'Pore' means 'scrutinize' when in verb form.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota's legendary Quality...

      At least they're admitting to and fixing this problem...

      ...for some people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's ridiculous that they are only going to fix the vehicles in 'cold weather' states. The only reason they are doing that is because the number would be much, much larger than 95K units and they don't want the negative publicity or the repair costs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here come the haters!
      JSM
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, so I live in Massachusetts and drive a 2009 Corolla (which i love), but does this now mean I really shouldn't go over the border to visit friends in NH because that 30 miles from home to their house and it's colder up there? This is foolishness. It gets pretty darn cold in January and February in Massachusetts, the same temps as NH!!! I want my car fixed too.
      beharvey1
      • 5 Years Ago
      The guy driving the 1996 explorer must have been hiding under a rock I had a 96 and was given a new set of tires.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GEE I THOUGHT TOYOTAS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE SUPERIOR TO EVERYTHING ELSE ESPECIALLY AMERICAN CARS BUT EVERY FEW MONTHS WE SEE SOME NEW RECALLS!!!!! BUY AMERICAN TRUST ME IVE BEEN IN THE CAR BUISNESS FOR 32 YEARS AND THE AMERICAN CARS ARE ALWAYS GETTING THE BAD RAP FROM THE MEDIA! IM CURRENTLY DRIVING A 2004 CHRYSLER PACIFICA WITH 205,685 MILES ON IT AND WOULD NOT HESITATE TO DRIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN IT!! THE QUALITY OF IT IS UNBELIEVABLE AND DEFINETLY SUPERIOR TO ANY 200,000 MILE IMPORT IVE EVER DRIVEN!! SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY OF OURS BEFORE ITS TO LATE EVERYBODY AND MAY GOD SAVE AMERICA!!
      mark
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Pretty interestingly bittersweet news--POST!! C4C's deal making. Kinda has a whiff of dishonesty to all of it. Unload ALL your lower (and apparently defected) cost vehicles, on the FED's and taxpayer's dime, THEN only cover the defect recall on half of them. Glad I go with Honda. It's all I can say.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Read it again, David. In your zeal to criticize America you were blinded to the fact that the problem stems from the placement of the intake port, not from a defective part.

      Therefore, you might want to redirect your criticism to the Japanese engineers that designed the mechanics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand, why don't Toyota just fix ALL the cars regardless of what state the car is located in. It just seems so shady and as Toyota has grown to number one they have been making more and more shady moves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd take a recall over a company that trys to hide the fact that the tires they're using in their SUVs explode while driving and kill people. the most popular SUV in the country at the time no less.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, my (recently cash-for-clunkered) 1996 Explorer had a very similar recall, down to the geographic restriction, in addition to the tire issue. (I inadvertently ran into the tire problem early when I told my mechanic that my steering wheel was vibrating and he discovered that the tires were suffering from tread separation. I replaced the tires-- not realizing how close I'd come to being a statistic-- and never did get anything from Ford.)

        In the Explorer's case, it was ice in the throttle body rather than the brakes, but the issue of stopping distance was the same. (See http://www.automotive.com/1996/49/ford/explorer/recalls/17092.html ) I actually asked my dealership to do the recall work at my expense (since I felt that Illinois got cold often enough to be concerned even if Ford didn't), but they refused.

        Sometime later, the recall got extended and I got the work done for free. It's at least conceivable that Toyota will do the same thing, and is basically triaging the problem, hitting the most-likely affected drivers first. (Of course, for all I know Ford only extended it after someone not covered under the initial recall got into an accident on a trip north.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do realize that tests were done and those tests proved that the tires didn't kill people...it was people's reactions that killed them.

        Also, how about the people who received the recall notice but never changed the tire?

        http://overlawyered.com/2006/01/rose-marie-munoz-and-the-29-million-limp/

        I could go on...
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, well what happens with that recall when you live in FL and decide to move to MI or your job relocates you to Montreal.... tough luck?? Nah this has bad written all over it and is just as shady as Ford or any other company that cuts corners or tries to cover up failures to their products... so Toyota is NO BETTER.
      • 5 Years Ago
      tired , hungry? out of work?------------eat your import
      charlene mcroberts
      • 5 Years Ago
      I HAVE A 2009 TOYOTA COROLLA , I LOVE MY CAR BUT WE ARE ALREADY HAVING PROBLEMS WITH IT. WHEN YOU START THE CAR UP IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS GOING TO TAKE OFF , IT HAS A WINDING SOUND AND REVS UP, WE DID TAKE THE CAR TO TOYOTA AND LEFT IT OVER NIGHT AND HAD THE TECH AT TOYOTA TO TELL US THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT . I TOLD HIM THAT YES THERE IS AND I WILL BRING IT BACK UNTIL IT IS FIXED. WE LIVE IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE AND THO SOMETIMES WE DO NOT SEVERE WINTERS WE DO HAVE COLD CHILLING WEATHER AND THIS CONCERNS ME WITH THE BRAKES. ANYTHING HAPPENS TO MY FAMILY OR MYSELF TOYOTA CAN REST ASSURE THERE WILL BE A LAW SUIT AGAISNT THEM FOR NOT FIXING THE PROBLEM. THIS IS VERY UNFAIR ON TOYOTA'S PART AND THEY NEED TO FIX THEM ALL .
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