When it rains, it pours. With recalls
on the books for Toyota floor mats
and corrosion problems
, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
) is now investigating reports that Toyota's Corolla
vehicles may have engines susceptible to stalling. Owners of the 2006 model year Corolla
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.