Due to an engine fault, Toyota announced on August 26 the recall of 1.13 million of its popular Corolla vehicles in North America.
Toyota, the world's largest car manufacturer, said the recall was issued for Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles built between 2005 and 2008 "to address some engine control modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured."
The company said that there was a possibility that "a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage" on the ECMs circuit board.
The crack can result in the engine not starting or, in some cases, stopping while the vehicle is being driven, it said.
There were three "unconfirmed" accidents allegedly linked to this condition, one of which reported a minor injury, the statement said.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010