Toyota recalls Corolla and Matrix

In the latest blow to embattled Japanese car giant Toyota, it has had to recall 1.13 million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks after complaints of possible engine stalls.

Three accidents and one minor injury have been reported in North America, where the cars have been recalled, though the company said it was not confirmed whether the engine problems were their cause.

Vehicles from the 2005-2008 model years come under the recall, with cars using 1ZZ-FE engines suspected of containing a defective engine control module. Also, the engine may not be able to start, or might face harsh shifting or an engine stall, due to cracks on the module's circuit board.

The car firm said the engine control modules on the recalled vehicles will be replaced for free. Car owners with affected Corollas and Matrixes will start receiving mailing notifications from mid-September.

Toyota Motor Corp has borne the brunt of having to recall more than 10 million vehicles across the globe in the past year for problems such as faulty breaks and accelerator pedals, and floor mats that can trap accelerators in its Prius hybrid.

US regulators investigating the possibility of engine stalls in the Corolla and Matrix models since December aggravated their probe earlier this week.

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