• Aug 24, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is intensifying its investigation into stalling Toyota Corolla models. According to the Associated Press, the agency has opened what it calls an engineering analysis into 1.8 million Corolla and Matrix models sold between 2005 and 2007. So far, NHTSA has received around 163 complaints about stalling in those vehicles, and the government seems to believe the problem may be due to a faulty coating on the vehicle's circuit boards. It's also possible that a crack could develop in a particular glass coating in the vehicle.

NHTSA hasn't gone so far as to issue a recall in this particular case as its research into the problem is ongoing. Previously, investigators were only looking into Corolla and Matrix models produced in 2006, though the recent expansion indicates that the issue may be more widespread than previously believed.

Last we heard, Toyota was considering a voluntary fix for the problem, though since then nothing has come up in terms of a proposed solution from the carmaker. Back in March, NHTSA said that the problem doesn't pose any danger to drivers.

[Source: Associated Press]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If I didn't know better I'd say that promo shot was from 1993.

      Toyota, the bland consumer reports followers who buy your cars are the same types of people who freak out about negative news stories on abc.

      What happens when you lose those customers? Because you're sure as hell not appealilng to a single person who actually likes cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is clear. The American govt/ and media bashing Toyoya.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are right. That's only .00927% of the cars or roughly 1 in ever 10,787 cars. That is nothing. Who cares? Just fixit and get on with building worlds most boring cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right .. for that matter Ford and it's silly blowing up Pinto had a ratio of failures even lower .. why the heck did the gov't and public make such an issue on that ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you own the car company across the street (*cough, GM) it pays to have the other guy experiencing problems, even if they are mostly baseless accusations that stick.

      I don't even like Toyota's cars, (mostly for the blandness) but the longer this fiasco goes on the more in their corner I'll be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the Vibe?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, it gets a free pass since it's sold by Government Motors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually Invisible,

        The Vibe would be dealt with by Motors Liquidation since they own what remains of Pontiac which is not government owned. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those great Toyota Consumer Reports from the past sure are not looking very credible, nowadays. Maybe Honda will be their next darling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I've heard more X5s stalling than Corollas and I'm pretty sure BMW hasn't sold 1.8 million X5s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's getting to the point where cars aren't supposed to have anything wrong, ever. If something is wrong with even a negligible number of them, the carmaker must recall millions of units? Is the consumer expected to shoulder any risk at all, even a .00000001 percent risk?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm, business as usual at Toyota... Being this is happening on a weekly basis, is it really news worthy at this point?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, haven't you heard? Toyota is Teflon coated and no matter how many junk they make, people will come for more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, Toyota just keeps getting hammered. I have a theory that being the largest is automaker in the world is a curse. Seems like as soon as a company get's there the bean counters take over and the products suffer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think so. Toyota would have eventually become the world's largest automaker had they just kept to their plan and just made good solid cars in every category.

        I think somewhere around 2003 they got greedy and impatient and pushed into every possible category of automobile, and maybe created some along the way until they had a seat for every butt out there, even if it meant rushed (virtual) product development and reduced QC.

        Being the biggest isn't a curse, but being greedy is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Off the 163 complaints, 163 of them were manuals ofwhich the driver stalled accidentally ... ha, ha, ha !!

      • 4 Years Ago
      No, it's just clear that Toyotas are shoddy vehicles with shoddy quality and anybody who bought one ought to realize at this point they have been ripped off by this company!
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