Matrix (this is a 2007), built alongside Corolla and Vibe in now-closed JV plant with GM in Fremont, California, is Toyota US equivalent of Europes Corolla Verso.

Matrix (this is a 2007), built alongside Corolla and Vibe in now-closed JV plant with GM in Fremont, California, is Toyota US equivalent of Europe's Corolla Verso.

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Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced "a voluntary safety recall" of about 1.13m 2005-2008 model year Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and 199,963 Pontiac Vibes built for GM to replace engine control modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured. Toyota Canada also plans a voluntary recall of 136,000 Corolla and 64,300 Matrix models.

The two wheel drive Vibe and Matrix are sister vehicles built between April 2004 and January 2008 at the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) joint venture between GM and Toyota in Fremont, California.  The vehicles were designed and engineered by Toyota.  

On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, there is a possibility that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor) on the ECM’s circuit board. In most cases the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In some cases, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.

There are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this condition, one of which reported a minor injury, TMS said.

The ECM will be replaced at no charge to the owner. Beginning in mid-September 2010, Toyota will mail an interim notification to advise owners of this recall and the fact that they will receive a future notice when parts become available to complete the repairs. Owners who have previously paid for replacement of the ECM to address this specific condition will be reimbursed.

Vibe customers will receive preliminary recall letters in September and a follow-up letter when replacement ECMs are available for their vehicles. Since GM has axed the Pontiac brand, owners will be instructed to take their vehicles to other GM dealerships for service, which will be performed free of charge.