Recall Alert: 2002-2005 Lexus, Toyota and Pontiac Cars, Pickup Trucks, SUVs


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 250,000 model-year 2002-05 Lexus SC luxury coupes and Toyota Sequoia SUVs, and 2003-05 Tundra pickup trucks, Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks, and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, all originally sold or currently registered in high-humidity areas of southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa

The Problem: The front passenger airbag inflators are susceptible to rupture in a crash, necessitating the deployment of the front passenger airbag. The inflator could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike and seriously injure the passenger-seat occupant or others.

The Fix: Toyota will notify owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and GM will notify owners of Pontiac vehicles. Dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. As an interim measure if a replacement is not available, the dealer will disable the front passenger airbag and advise owners not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed. Toyota will begin notifying owners around Oct. 25; GM has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, and owners of Pontiac Vibes can call GM at 800-521-7300. Owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

Toyota Recalls 1.8 Million Vehicles in U.S.

Update: Links to both U.S.-related recalls are listed below.

Original Post: Toyota is recalling 1.8 million cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. and 6.39 million globally over two separate issues.

The larger recall includes popular models like the Toyota Corolla, Highlander and RAV4 over a cable assembly that connects to the driver's airbag. If it fails the airbag might not deploy. This recall also involves the Pontiac Vibe, built alongside the Toyota Matrix, but is unrelated to GM's recent ignition switch recall.

A separate recall involves the Toyota Yaris and Scion xD and could lead to a driver's seat not staying in place during an accident.

You can read more about the recalls at USA Today and get full details on the U.S. models recalled at the links below.

Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Tacoma, 2008-2010 Toyota Highlander, 2006-2008 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris

Recall Alert: 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris, 2008-2010 Scion xD

By David Thomas | April 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe


General Motors is recalling 135,749 model year 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks due to an electrical problem that could cause the airbags to deploy, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, manufactured between Jan. 18, 2002, and April 27, 2004, the supplemental restraint system circuits are susceptible to internal electrical shorting; this may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat, which may damage the circuits. The problem could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners, increasing the risk of a crash.

General Motors will notify owners, though no notification schedule has been specified. Dealers will install a supplemental harness containing an electrical filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness for free. Owners can call GM at 800-620-7668 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

Today's recall follows Wednesday's recall of 752,000 model year 2003-04 Corolla compact sedans and Matrix hatchbacks; the Pontiac Vibe is related to the Matrix and was produced during a Toyota-GM partnership.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe


GM has confirmed that the 2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe is included in the previously announced recall of 1.3 million Toyota Corolla and Matrix models. About 200,000 Vibes are included.

As we stated in the earlier recall alert: “The engine control modules in some of these vehicles is defective and can lead to harsh shifting, stalling, or the vehicle could fail to start. Dealers will inspect the part to see if it is one of the defective units and replace it if necessary free of charge to owners."

There is no fix for the defect yet, and owners will receive a preliminary notification in mid-September. When the necessary replacement parts are available, Pontiac owners will be instructed to take their vehicles to an existing GM dealer, where the service will be conducted free of charge.
Owners can contact the National Highway Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.

By David Thomas | August 26, 2010 | Comments (46)

Toyota Considers New Recall For Corolla, Matrix


The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Toyota is determining how to address 1.2 million potentially faulty vehicles. The 2005-2007 model year Corolla and Matrix may have faulty engine control units leading to stalled engines. There had been 76 complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website regarding the issue as of earlier this month.

Toyota says the problem could occur in 0.8% of the models over 10 years and that it would always lead to an engine warning light and a stalled engine. By our math, that would be 9,600 cars.

The Free Press says that any action could also affect the 2005-2007 Pontiac Vibe, which was built at the same plant as the Matrix.

Toyota mulls fix for stalling in 1.2M Corolla, Matrix models (Detroit Free Press)

By David Thomas | March 17, 2010 | Comments (9)

Toyota Recall Update: Pontiac Vibe Gets Fix

Worried owners of 2009 and 2010 Pontiac Vibes should now be somewhat relieved that GM dealers are getting the parts they need to fix that vehicle, which was included in the recent Toyota recall of 2.3 million vehicles for sticky accelerator pedals.

Parts are being shipped this week, and letters will be sent to owners Feb. 16. Owners are being instructed in that mailing to contact their dealers after Feb. 22 to schedule an appointment.

Other news surrounding Toyota’s recent recall issues:
By David Thomas | February 8, 2010 | Comments (1)

GM and Toyota Sorting Out Pedal Fix for Vibe

Toyota announced that parts to fix sticking accelerator pedals will be arriving at Toyota dealerships by the end of the week. For owners of 2009 and 2010 Pontiac Vibes — a mechanical twin to the Toyota Matrix — GM says in a press release that the automaker and Toyota are sorting out how soon parts will be available for service at GM dealerships.
Owners can expect to be contacted by GM when a fix is available. There are 99,293 2009 and 2010 Vibes in the United States and Canada included in Toyota’s sticking accelerator pedal and floormat entrapment recalls. You can contact Pontiac at 800-620-7668 or visit GM’s owner center at
By Joe Bruzek | February 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

Where Do Recalled Pontiac Vibe Owners Go?

There are currently 99,293 2009 and 2010 Pontiac Vibes on the road that are also part of Toyota’s floormat and accelerator pedal recall, according to General Motors. If you’re a Vibe owner, you should expect a letter soon from GM explaining that you’ll be able to take your car to a local GM dealership once it has been informed from Toyota about repairs to address the recalls. As of now, there is still no official word of a timeframe for a fix, but owners will not be dealing with Toyota dealers directly for the repairs.  
The two recalls that affect 2009 and 2010 Vibes revolve around unintended acceleration. One recall is for floormats that can interfere with the accelerator. Toyota recommends removing the floormats until repairs can be made.
The other recall is for a potential faulty accelerator pedal, which could feel balky, stiff or slow to return to idle position. If your pedal suffers from any of these symptoms, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says you should contact Pontiac at 800-620-7668 or visit GM’s owner center at
Currently, GM says it hasn’t identified any incidents or customer complaints of sticking accelerator pedals with the Vibe. Like Toyota, GM has halted sales of Vibes, though at we show only 13 Vibes in our national inventory.
By David Thomas | January 29, 2010 | Comments (1)

Two Toyota Recalls Explained

After last night’s news that Toyota is adding another 1.1 million vehicles to an October 2009 recall involving floormats getting stuck under accelerators, we think it's a good time to explain the two recalls and the vehicles included in each one.  In all, 13 models are included in both recalls, totaling nearly 6 million cars, and 1.7 million of those are involved in both recalls.

Last week, Toyota announced a recall of 2.3 million vehicles because of a faulty accelerator pedal that could become stuck and lead to unintended acceleration. This recall is for a completely separate issue than the floormat-related recall. However, both lead to the same end result — unintended acceleration. The vehicles in the accelerator pedal recall include:

  • 2009-10 RAV4
  • 2009-10 Corolla
  • 2009-10 Matrix
  • 2005-10 Avalon
  • Certain 2007-10 Camry models
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-10 Tundra
  • 2008-10 Sequoia
  • 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe
By David Thomas | January 28, 2010 | Comments (2)

Toyota Expands Floormat Recall: 1.1 Million More Vehicles

After business hours on Wednesday and shortly before the State of the Union address, Toyota alerted select media outlets that it would be expanding its October recall due to floormat entrapment by another 1.1 million vehicles, bringing that recall's total to nearly 5 million vehicles. The new vehicles in this recall expansion include:
  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Venza
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

Some of these vehicles are also included in the more recent recall of 2.3 million vehicles due to a faulty accelerator pedal.

We’re expecting more information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on this latest development, but the Detroit News is reporting that Toyota will repair or replace the pedals, replace floormats and in some cases make software modifications and reshape the floor of the vehicles.

These solutions seem radical for a floormat recall; we will follow up with Toyota on when these fixes will be made.

While there is no specific mention of it, we suggest owners of these vehicles remove their floormats immediately until more information is available.

Toyota to recall another 1.1M vehicles (Detroit News)
By David Thomas | January 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

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