The NHTSA formal recall posting appeared with complete details on Jan. 31 that revealed there were General Motors vehicles involved as well
Involved in this defect recall are an additional 135,749 Pontiac Vibe vehicles from 2003 and 2004 manufactured in the same plant.
General Motors is handling the recall for the Pontiac Vibe vehicles. A formal recall notice has not been posted as yet.
The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V-029 for this defect and the total vehicles involved with this defect are now 887,709.
Pontiac Vibe owners can call Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668 for more information regarding the recall of the Pontiac Vibe.
We had previously noted that no information regarding repair costs that may have been incurred by owners prior to this recall was available.
The supporting recall documents provided by the NHTSA note that both Toyota and General Motors have made provision for this and the information will be included in the owner notification letters.
No reports of any crashes resulting in injury caused by this defect were reported in the documentation.
Toyota announced overnight (Jan. 30) that they were voluntarily recalling 752,000 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles from 2003 and 2004.
The recall is to replace the airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system in these vehicles. The module may have been manufactured with application-specific integrated circuits that are susceptible to internal shorting.
These circuits could experience an internal short that creates abnormal current flow and builds excessive heat. The heat could damage the circuit resulting in spontaneous deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners.
Toyota will be sending letters to owners notifying them of the defect in the “near future” and giving them direction to return the vehicle to an authorized dealer for repair at no charge to the customer.
As we have reported many times in the past, the age of these vehicles is such that many have been bought and sold many times since manufacture and Toyota may not have a full list of current owners of the vehicles.
Owners of 2003 and 2004 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles are urged to contact Toyota at the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-800-331-4331) to confirm their vehicle is involved.
Toyota has also provided access to a look up program on their recall website (www.toyota.com/recall) where owners can enter their vehicle VIN number and get confirmation that their vehicle is involved in the recall.
The vehicle recall is voluntary on the part of Toyota and the announcement did not include much detail other than reported above.
No information regarding accidents or injuries resulting was given.
There was no information given about what to do if a current or former owner has had spontaneous engagement of the supplemental restraint system in their vehicle and incurred injury or expense as a result.
The NHTSA had not yet issued a confirming recall announcement as of this morning.