• Dec 7, 2009
When it rains, it pours. With recalls on the books for Toyota floor mats and corrosion problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now investigating reports that Toyota's Corolla and Matrix vehicles may have engines susceptible to stalling. Owners of the 2006 model year Corolla and Matrix vehicles with the questioned 1ZZ-FE engines have described stalling in intersections and on highways, putting drivers at a safety risk while they attempt to restart the engine. There have been no reports of crashes.

It's important to note that about 397,000 vehicles are covered by the review, and that only 26 complaints have been lodged (that works out to about one in every 15,000 vehicles). Since it is a preliminary investigation, there's no recall until NHTSA investigates and determines that the stalling is caused by a specific design or parts defect. Of course, they may also find the stalling issue is attributed to poor maintenance or bad gas... nobody is pointing fingers. Yet.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well...maybe this is because the car doesn't look that great! haha :0
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks better than the Cruze.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the NHTSA are deliberately giving Toyota bad press using false claims so that the people turn to the US car makers such as Chrysler, Buick to boost up sales. Is it just a coincidence that the NHTSA are investigating Honda as well? All I can say is show me some evidence! America is known for making false claims to get what they want e.g WMD in Iraq!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and Chrysler, and BMW Motorrad, and so on so forth. NHTSA is attacking everybody equally, and it's Autoblog who's making a big deal out of this.

      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      26 COMPLAINTS OUT OF 397,000 VEHICLES!??!?!!?

      Looks like the beginning of anti-Toyota hysteria, drooling mob mentality.

      Feel sorry for "any poor person who must drive a Toyota"? Get bent.

      Four Lexus in my family, baby! Don't feel sorry for me! Best cars we've ever owned, and we've had plenty of MB's too.

      Seriously, how many cars stall or break down every day that AREN'T Toyotas?

      Oh yeah and 26 COMPLAINTS OUT OF 397,000 VEHICLES!??!?!!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        Lexus sucks nuts.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        '02 IS300 Sportcross in absolutely red with black leather/escaine.(sits in garage collecting dust)

        '09 IS250 in Smoky Granite Mica with Black leather and gray wood.(I drive it A LOT)

        My mom's got an '09 IS250 used to have an 01 ES300

        Dad's got an '02 ES300

        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        lol. I feel you man.

        What Lexus models have you owned?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        I'm not going to agree with the people here saying that Toyotas are unreliable, but I'm really surprised that you deem the Lexus's to be the best cars you've ever owned especially after coming from a MB.

        I'm not a fan of MB either, but as far as I've seen.. all the Lexus offerings are pretty dull, unless we're talking about the LF-A. Even the IS-F pales when compared to an M3 or possibly even the C63 AMG.

        Of course, that's just my personal opinion and maybe you look for something else in cars. I'll agree with you in that I think people are overreacting to the recent reports, and Toyota's are still really reliable as far as all the statistics show. Too bad the modern ones are all boring as hell to drive..
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        Chris:

        Didn't you read about the Top Gear scandal yesterday? I'm the one who does that, and I don't consider it an insult! LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        I wonder if you could find 26 out of 397,000 2006 Cavaliers that DON'T have stalling issues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        At least he's an owner talking about his experience. On AB it's mostly a bunch of poseurs pining on an on about cars they wished they owned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        Oh, haha, my bad, matthew.

        Lexus eats vag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        Ok Matthew, everyone on autoblog now knows you have a Lexus. Now maybe you could give a little courtesy and downplay the bragging a bit? Jeeeeez
      • 5 Years Ago
      dang Toyota is issuing recalls every other day [it seems]. I guess their #1 quality rating is going to go down soon. I personally don't want a Toyota if it was my first choice just because their cars are boring [ to me anyways],however, I still think they are good cars. I guess they know what it's like to be one of the big boys now. I bet their 5.8 bill recall money is going down the drain...fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find it funny they investigate when only 26 complains are lodged.. I mean, google "corolla stalling" and then "cobalt stalling" and see which results in more hits from actual people asking for help online about their stalling cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To the people who are suggesting user error, you're a bunch of dummies.

      I have an 06 Matrix w/auto and this happened to me. Had it towed into the dealer, they replaced the ECU which they had in stock, which leads me to believe this is a fairly common occurence (judging from all of the info that I've heard at this point). You have to think that most people who have this issue are not going to report it because like me, they have an attitude of "that sucked but its fixed now so lets move on with our lives". Its not like it has only happened 26 times. Also there is an issue on these models with the belt tensioner (squeaking), had that replaced as well.

      All that being said I am still happy with my car, I've had it for four years now and provided a bunch of things dont go horribly wrong in the future, its still a good utilitarian reliable car (I can look beyond one breakdown beside the road). Why is everyone dumb?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because they're Americans and love sensationalism.
      • 5 Years Ago
      like the floormat fiasco, I call user error... run out of gas?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's all speculate what is causing this so we can get all the Toyota haters to spread rumors.

      Bottom line is my family has owned plenty of vehicles with an equal mix of domestics and Japanese brands. And each time we are reminded why Toyota is a favorite among a lot of people. So everyone can say all they want but experience for us will dictate our future purchases.
      • 5 Years Ago

      There has to be more to the story. I don't recall NHTSA ever opening an investigation for such a small number of complaints. Maybe they feel that Toyota is hiding the cause of the unintended acceleration problem and thus could be hiding more defects. Wouldn't doubt it. Ahh, bask in the bright light of being #1 (or at least wanting to be).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The NHTSA has opened investigations for far less complaints than this, you just don't usually hear about every random investigation because most of them don't result in any interesting findings. Autoblog mentioning it is just part of the general trend here to pile on Toyota.
        For example the NHTSA also began investigating the following vehicles in the last month, and the Cherokee investigation is based on 12 incidents not even 26:
        JEEP / GRAND CHEROKEE 1993-2004
        Manufacturer : CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
        Component :
        FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
        FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
        Date Investigation Opened : November 6, 2009

        BMW / K1300 GT 2009
        BMW / K1300 S 2009
        Manufacturer : BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
        Component :
        VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
        Date Investigation Opened : November 6, 2009

        FORD / FREESTAR 2004-2005
        MERCURY / MONTEREY 2004-2005
        Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY
        Component :
        POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER
        Date Investigation Opened : November 10, 2009
        Date Investigation Closed : Open

        KIA / SORENTO 2007-2008
        Manufacturer : HYUNDAI-KIA AMERICA TECHNICAL CENTER INC
        Component :
        AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
        AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
        Date Investigation Opened : November 19, 2009
        Date Investigation Closed : Open
        (Kia actually reported themselves to the NHTSA about this one)

        Of all these investigations the ones that may be the most dangerous are actually the Kia one (since the airbag gets disabled) and maybe the Dodge one (since there are already 12 incidents of fuel leaking, with 10 vehicle fires).

        I might point out that none of these other investigations seem to be of interest to Autoblog, because it wouldn't get as much of a flame-war going.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol, Toyota
      • 5 Years Ago
      Their cars are so uninspiring the engine falls asleep. Maybe they should install some floor mats to hold the gas down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to say one of the best quotes ever!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was a good one. lmao!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love how infamous I am :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHA! Classic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Best comment I've seen today....
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can bet plenty, a$$holeauto. My 1992 Olds is still being driven by my brother in law, my 1998 Buick is still being driven by my nephew, my mother's 2002 Buick is still being driven by my sister, my dad's 2001 Jimmy is still being driven by my niece.... need I go on?
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        So the LF-A must make you sleep also ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's at least somewhat unfair comments like that that give Luis a legitimate reason to bitch. But I still laughed a whole lot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        On other hand how many American cars from 2006 are still in the road today.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice. I was thinking it was a safe mode that the ECU activates when it detects the on set of engine sludge. But, yours works much better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's yet another reason not to buy a Toyota.
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