Just one more reason why manuals are superior.
Recalls have become a fairly common occurrence with modern cars, even with generally trustworthy automakers like Toyota. Just this year alone, Toyota has been forced to recall thousands of models for airbag issues. The Japanese automaker was then forced to issue another recall for a similar air-bag-related problem later in the year. In Toyota's defense, the recall was caused by defects with Takata airbags, which were, of course, not produced in-house. Now, just as 2018 comes to a close, Toyota has issued a recall on the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, this time for a part Toyota did build.
The recall impacts approximately 3,400 2019 Corolla Hatchback models in the United States. Toyota says the torque converter in the continuously variable transmission could fail under certain conditions, resulting in a loss of power. Of course, if the car loses all of its power, the occupants will be at an increased risk of a crash, especially if there is nowhere to pull over on the side of the road. Fortunately, the issue won't cause the car to lose steering or braking power, so it wouldn't be too hard to guide the car to a safe location.
The recall will involve replacing the original Direct Shift CVT with a brand-new one. Of course, the swap will be done free-of-charge but Toyota says the job could take several hours. The dealership will have to install an entirely new transmission after all.
Owners who are affected by the issue should receive a notice in the mail by mid-February of 2019. Toyota is currently sourcing the parts for the recall, which is why the issue can't be taken care of immediately. If you're the owner of a 2019 Corolla with the six-speed manual transmission there's good news, you don't have to worry about this recall. Another win for the manual!