2008 Toyota Corolla (© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.)Click to enlarge picture

2008 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Motor Corp. today issued a recall of 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles from the 2005-08 model years after more than 1,000 complaints of stalling.

In a statement, Toyota said it was addressing some engine control modules that may have been improperly made. All the affected vehicles were sold in North America.

Cracks may develop at solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage — in some cases stopping the engine while the vehicle is being driven, the statement said.

The announcement today raises Toyota recalls since November 2009 to about 12.3 million vehicles worldwide and 10.5 million in the United States, most for sudden acceleration, Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said.

This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was upgrading its investigation of the Corollas.