Investigates Spontaneously Shattering Side Windows on Pontiac Vibe,
Toyota Corolla and Toyota Corolla Matrix
The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s Office
of Defects Investigations (ODI) currently is investigating several
complaints that the side windows on the Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla
and Toyota Corolla Matrix have shattered spontaneously and/or that
the windows make a popping/clicking noise during operation. The
vehicles in question were manufactured in 2003 and 2004.
To date, Toyota has received 203 complaints regarding the Pontiac
Vibe, and 254 total for the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Corolla Matrix.
The suspect vehicles were manufactured by New United Motor Manufacturing
Inc. in Fremont, Calif., a joint venture between General Motors
Corp. and Toyota.
Officials from Toyota, which is responsible for responding to NHTSA
inquiries relating to vehicles manufactured at NUMMI, have advised
NHTSA that likely the window regulator bolts in these windows have
loosened, causing the sound and/or shattering, and that in some
cases, the sidelites is interfering with the door check link.
The investigation originally was opened on September 27, 2007,
and the preliminary investigation was closed on February 5. When
the preliminary investigation was closed, the issue was upgraded
to an Engineering Analysis, which the ODI will continue to investigate.
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