Thursday, April 10, 2008

Safety Recall on Toyota Corolla, Matrix & Pontiac Vibe

More than 700,000 Toyota Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe vehicles are being called back to the dealership because of a problem with a bolt in the power window system. Toyota is notifying some 50,000 Canadian and 540,000 U.S. owners of Corolla compact cars and Matrix crossover vehicles from the 2003-2004 model years about the need for free repairs.

GM is recalling 123,000 Pontiac Vibe models assembled in a joint venture with Toyota in California.

Toyota also said it is recalling almost 630,000 Noah and Voxy minivans from the 2001 to 2007 model years in Japan to fix a flaw that could lead to cracks in fuel tanks. Toyota Canada says the problem originated with defective bolts from a supplier, saying those bolts have now been redesigned.

Federal safety officials had been investigating complaints about the windows in the Toyotas and in similar Vibes, built by GM in a joint venture with Toyota.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in February that some side windows became inoperable or made popping noises and occasionally shattered.

The agency and the automakers together had collected more than 500 complaints, including 36 claimed injuries and one reported crash. There were also more than 12,000 possibly related warranty claims, according to NHTSA records.

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