Danielle McCarthy

Do you drive this car? Major recall issued days before Christmas

Do you drive this car? Major recall issued days before Christmas

Just days before Christmas, Toyota has recalled its most popular car, the Corolla, because of a faulty part.  

Toyota will recall 2640 new-generation hatchback Corollas because of issues with the automatic transmission.

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Corolla differs from a conventional automatic as it doesn’t have the usual stepped sequence of gears, instead working via pulleys and a belt.

“This recall is due to a problem with the torque converter in the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) assembly,” read a press release from Toyota.

“There is a possibility that due to a manufacturing error, the blades of the pump impeller in the torque converter may detach, causing damage to the torque converter and potential loss of motive power.”

The recall only affects 2.0 litre models produced between August 2018 and October 2018. Hybrid models are not affected.  

Toyota said that roughly 1100 affected Corollas are already in the company’s possession and the problem “will be rectified prior to being delivered”.

Anyone who owns an affected vehicle has been urged to bring their car to the nearest Toyota dealership where the faulty part will be fixed free of charge.

However, those who are planning to make a road trip over the Christmas holidays will need to make alternative plans as the replacement parts aren’t expected to be available until the “first half of 2019”.

“Toyota dealers will remove and replace the CVT and torque converter on all affected vehicles, which will take approximately 10 hours to complete. This will be carried out free of charge,” said Toyota.

Toyota said there have been no incidents or injuries in Australia due to the faulty transmission.

For further information call the Toyota campaign helpline on 1800 987 366.