Toyota is recalling approximately 3,400 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchbacks with continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). These recalled vehicles may suffer torque converter failures. Power loss has happened with these CVT as a result of torque converter failures.
The concern is this: the power loss can lead to dangerous driving situations and accidents may occur. The power loss can be sudden and without warning.
Known as the “Direct Shift CVT,” Toyota is replacing the entire transmission as a precaution. Toyota dealerships will replace the new transmission with the new torque converter free of charge.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback was available with two transmissions. If you own a manual transmission (6-speed) this recall does not affect you. The CVT vehicles are the only ones listed on this recall bulletin.
You should check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information if you own a Toyota Corolla Hatchback with a CVT. Additional details are available by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1 (800) 255-3987. You can check for a Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN which is also available at the NHTSA site: nhtsa.gov/recalls.
We have had nothing but positive experiences with the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Toyota hasn’t received injury or accident reports as a result of the issue yet, but we hope this recall solves the problem before an incident happens.