Japanese automaker Toyota has announced a recall of 3,400 of their 2019 Corolla Hatchbacks due to a flaw in the vehicle’s continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Information About the Corolla Hatchback Recall
According to Consumer Reports, Toyota is aware of a flaw in the transmission which could lead to the affected vehicle losing power.
The CVT featured in the 2019 Corolla Hatchback uses a launch gear that switches over to a belt-and-pulley system at higher speeds, allowing for smoother acceleration. But a failure of the torque converter in the hatchback’s CVT could prevent the vehicle from moving forward. Power loss poses a serious crash risk to anyone driving at high speeds.
The recall includes all 2019 Corolla Hatchbacks featuring the CVT and not sedans or manual transmission hatchbacks.
What to Do If Your Vehicle Loses Power
If your vehicle suddenly loses power while driving:
- Safely pull off onto the side of the road.
- Turn off the engine.
- Turn on emergency flashers.
- Call for emergency assistance.
Toyota Offers to Replace Affected Transmissions
Toyota is offering to replace the affected transmissions free of charge. But vehicle owners will have to wait until Toyota secures new parts. The automaker intends to contact all owners by February 2019.
Owners are encouraged to contact the Toyota manufacturer by phone.
Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect Lawyer
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