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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., is launching a voluntary Safety Recall on nearly 96,000 Toyota and Scion vehicles.

Per the press release from Toyota:

“On certain 2009 and 2010 model year Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles all equipped with 1.8 liter engines, Toyota has determined that if the vehicle is operated in extremely low ambient temperatures, there is a possibility that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze. Should this condition continue, ice may slowly accumulate at the brake system vacuum port and in the extreme case, ultimately plug the vacuum port. As a result of the accumulation of ice, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.”

Because this defect depends on the vehicles being operated in extremely low ambient temperatures, only nineteen states are being served recall notices. Those states are Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Toyota will repair defective vehicles free of charge at local Toyota dealerships. The repair should take about one hour.

Customers affected by the recall can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or the Scion Customer Experience at 1-866-70SCION (707-2466).


  1. Gravatar for Mike Bryant

    Hopefully people find out from the recalls and not from the cold weather. This message needs to get out. Thanks.

  2. Gravatar for Greg Webb


    That is exactly right. This could be a serious safety problem for folks driving these vehicles.


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