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U.S. Automakers Beat Europeans For Reliability

The repairs needed for the faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata continue to expand. Toyota initially announced a recall of 766,300 vehicles equipped with the bad part on June 11 as a followup to a campaign from 2013. Soon after, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary evaluation into five automakers who also used the component in their models. Now, NHTSA has released the official announcement of the latest Toyota recall listing 844,277 affected cars, including the newly added 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe.

While NHTSA’s document didn’t include a model-by-model breakdown, General Motors spokesperson Alan Adler estimated to Autoblog that roughly 85,000 Vibes in the US would be covered under the latest recall. Like the rest of the affected models, the airbag inflator could rupture in a crash causing the bag not to work correctly, possibly spraying metal fragments at the occupant.

Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight told Autoblog that the reason for the disparity between the earlier press release and NHTSA document was that Toyota was continuing to comb through VINs to create a list of affected vehicles. The original number was an estimate of that process at the time. Scroll down to the recall report from NHTSA.

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June 13th, 2014

GM repairing 40,500 Pontiac Vibes as part of Toyota airbag recall

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General Motors has confirmed to Autoblog that the Pontiac Vibe is included in Toyota’s just-announced recall action. The Vibe and the Toyota Matrix share a large number of parts, including the affected cable to the airbag.

“About 40,500 Pontiac Vibes from the 2009-2010 model years are included in the Toyota recall. Toyota designed and engineered the Vibe for Pontiac. GM will service customers with these vehicles when Toyota makes the parts available,” said GM recall spokesperson Alan Adler to Autoblog in an email.

The recall covers 1.3 million Toyota units in the US, including 2009-2010 Corolla, Matrix and Tacoma, the 2008-2010 Highlander, the 2006-2008 Rav4 and 2006-2010 Yaris, plus the addition of the 2009-2010 Vibe. The models all have their airbag module attached via a spiral electrical cable. The connections on this cable can be damaged when turning the steering wheel. Once broken, the airbag deactivates and the airbag warning light comes on. Toyota has an improved part, but it’s still making preparations to begin repairs. It will begin notifying owners soon.

GM repairing 40,500 Pontiac Vibes as part of Toyota airbag recall originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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April 9th, 2014

Toyota issues multiple recalls for 6.4 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: The text below has been amended to include new details provided by Toyota.

It looks like 2014 may go down as the year of recalls. We were already at a record pace, and now it seems Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide, including about 30 of its models for a variety of problems. None of the faults have caused any injuries or fatalities, but there have been two reports of fires caused by a defective engine starter motor.

Toyota’s numbers show 1.772 million vehicles being recalled in the US, but that includes some overlap because the Yaris is being repaired for multiple faults. According to The Detroit News, there are 2.36 million affected models in all of north North America, 1.09 million in Japan and 810,000 in Europe, plus smaller numbers in other regions. Toyota tells us that there are 6.76-million faults to repair in total, with those problems spread out over the aforementioned 6.39-million units.

Among the vehicles recalled in the US are 1.3 million units of the 2009-2010 Corolla, Matrix and Tacoma, the 2008-2010 Highlander, the 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris. The problem is that the driver’s airbag module is attached via a spiral electrical cable. The connections on the cable can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, which could deactivate the airbag and cause the airbag warning light to come on. Toyota is replacing the cable with an improved part, but it’s still making preparations to begin the repair. The company is sending affected owners notifications in the mail. According to The Detroit News, an unspecified number of Pontiac Vibe vehicles are also included in this recall because it shares the part with the Matrix.

A second US recall affects about 472,500 2006-2010 Yaris hatchbacks, 2007-2010 Yaris sedans and 2008-2010 Scion xD models. The seat rails on the driver’s seat and for hatchback models on the front passenger seat as well have faulty springs to lock the seat to the mechanism, especially if the seats are adjusted often. If a spring brakes, the seat may not lock the seat into position, which could increase injury in a crash.

Worldwide, the spiral connector recall affects 3.5-million vehicles and the seat lock issue 2.32-million units.

Toyota will replace the seat track assembly on affected cars, but the parts are not in place yet. It will contact owners when repairs begin, but for now, Toyota spokesperson John Hanson tells Autoblog, “We are stepping it up and fixing it as quickly as possible.”

Outside of the US, models are being recalled to repair a bracket holding the steering column, fix the windshield wiper motor and correct a starter motor that could cause fires.

Below you’ll find press releases from Toyota in reference to all of the recalls of US cars.

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April 9th, 2014

The Toyota Matrix May Not Be Able To Dodge This Bullet

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A quick reminder in case you had forgotten: yes, Toyota still builds the Matrix. But maybe not for long.

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April 18th, 2013

Finally Official: Pontiac is dead

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2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe

2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe GXP – Click above for high-res image gallery

Pontiac has been dead for some time now, at least from a manufacturing point of view. The Vibe was the last vehicle to roll of a Pontiac assembly line, marking the end of new car production for the brand in August of 2009. However, the former automaker has been stuttering and mumbling to itself while lying in its death bed. After all, new cars still needed homes and buyers eventually ponied up dough for the keys to the ghostly souls of a marque that once built the king of muscle cars: the GTO. Now, though, the very last new Pontiacs have been sold and the brand is completely, officially, no-doubt-about-it dead.

In an act of lunacy mercy, retired police officer Ed Dieffenbach drove over 1,100 miles to trade in his Chevrolet Silverado on one of the last Pontiac Solstice Coupes left in the country. Driving from Miami to northern Florida, Mr. Dieffenbach helped put an end to the brand’s suffering while also putting a somewhat stylish two-door in his driveway. We’re sure he’ll have years of fun with the Solstice, as long as he doesn’t need to use the cup holder… or stow the roof… or look back.

Photos copyright (C)2010 Sam Abuelsamid / AOL

[Source: The New York Times]

Finally Official: Pontiac is dead originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 01 Nov 2010 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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November 1st, 2010

Latest Toyota Pedal Fix Involves Hacksaw, Bubble Wrap [Exclusive]

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A service bulletin outlining yet another fix for Toyota’s unintended acceleration problems (this time, the Pontiac Vibe) shows just how difficult re-engineering a car part is. Steps involving hacksaws and bubble wrap are both comical and a little unnerving. More »

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