The all-new Toyota Corolla hatchback is the subject of a significant recall following the discovery of a serious issue with the car’s CVT gearbox that can cause a loss of power at high speeds.
It’s a blow to what is Australia’s best-selling passenger car, with Toyota to replace the entire gearbox in recalled cars.
Toyota Australia has confirmed the recall will impact 2640 Toyota Corolla's powered by the brand's 2.0-litre petrol engine, and that were produced between August and October this year. Another 1100 vehicles have yet to be delivered to customers, with Toyota to carry out the repair work prior to delivery.
But given the wide-reaching nature of the recall, the required parts are on backorder, and aren't expected to arrive until sometime in the first half of 2019. It means Corolla customers will need to continue driving their vehicles for some time yet. It is understood that Toyota will provide customers who suffer a power loss with a loan car until their cars can be repaired.
"This recall is due to a problem with the torque converter in the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) assembly," Toyota's statement reads. "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. Loss of motive power while driving could increase the risk of crash.
"Replacement parts are presently being arranged with anticipated availability in Australia in 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."
The recall impacts vehicles sold in Australia, China and North America. Toyota in Australia says vehicles with a VIN range from 03013727 to 03023629 are being recalled, and urged concerned customers to contact their dealer.
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