• Feb 21, 2008


Toyota's Matrix wagon, Corolla sedan and its mechanical twin the Pontiac Vibe sport wagon are all in hot water after motorists have begun to issue complaints about their power side-front windows. Reports indicate the windows are getting stuck, making popping noises, and in some cases shattering and injuring passengers. To date, more than 503 complaints have been received by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is currently looking into the issue. Ultimately, the investigation may trigger a recall affecting 676,747 vehicles manufactured during the 2003 and 2004 model years at NUMMI, the GM-Toyota joint-venture plant that found itself in a pot of hot water after an employee accused her superiors last November of letting defective vehicles leave the facility.

Interesting to note: This may become the first windows recall that doesn't require PC owners to download a patch. (Hardy har har.)

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      "This may become the first windows recall that doesn't require PC owners to download a patch. (Hardy har har.)"

      Be sure to tip your waitress.
        • 6 Years Ago
        with jokes like that, no wonder the windows are cracking up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the General picks a partner of 25 years and says, "Hey you guys do a great job with small why don't you build this new Pontiac crossover wagon thingy for us."

      Jesus the the general I'm sure thought that Toyota could handle something as simple as a window.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The general has not been able to built a decent small car in 50 years. Give credit to toyota for helping them built a half decent car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the NUMMI cars are affected, but no the Cambridge cars, that makes no sense. They should be using the same parts and assembly process.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Harley Har Har
      • 6 Years Ago
      It appears that because the Matrix, Vibe, and Corrolla have windows, people have been able to see into the cars and can then easily laugh at the occupants for driving such crapbuckets. The NHTSA fear that this mockery may cause accidents.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is hari–kari still practiced in Japan? It might be a good time to lock up the cutlery.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My fiance has a 2005 Matrix and the drivers side window has quite a few problems with it. It pops if a strong wind hits it and the rollers keep turning even if the window is all the way up. You can hit the window switch any time when the window is up and hear the rollers turn.

      The problem is real. I hope there is a recall so her window can be fixed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did you take the Matrix to the dealer about it, if it's still covered by comprehensive coverage?

        What did the dealer say?
      • 6 Years Ago
      ¡JESUS CHRISTO!

      You mean to tell me that the Toyota I bought solely on the basis of Toyota's impecable reliability could possibly have a problem? Say it isn't so!

        • 6 Years Ago
        At least the Mk.IV VW windows just fell into the doors and sometimes shattered inside, where the flying glass wouldn't injure anyone...
        • 6 Years Ago
        somebody give the VWs number. they know all about power window recalls! as a VW driver/enthusiasts im happy to see this because the window regulator thing is the 1st thing ppl bring up when they talk about VW reliability...oc ant wait to say...well toyota did it to!

        seriously though...its a machine, a very complicated machine at that, and machines break. deal with it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah all those people that constantly down VW for faults, Toyota is no better!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toyota is no better than VW? Ok, step back from the crack pipe...

        The problem with VW isn't just the recall, it's that VWoA stonewalls warranty claims. Yes, Toyota did something similar with sludging, but warranty performance is still very much a strong point with the Asians (and Ford) and very much a weak point with the Europeans.

        Yes, Toyota quality has slipped a bit. No, they're still one of the best. No, VW still righteously sucks by comparison. Good cars, yes, but also cars that I'd lease, not buy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So are the Matrices made in Cambridge part part of this or not? I have a 2003 and haven't noticed any issues with the windows.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some how I believe it Will be Pontiac who will get the lions share of the blame. We all know this sort of thing can`t happen to Toyota. (sarcasm)
      • 6 Years Ago
      You will only see Toyota's overall quality slide as they strive to stay #1.

      I've owned nothing but American cars my entire life, and can count on one hand the number of times I've had to go to the dealer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 2005 Corolla's been a major disappointment in terms of quality; brake booster went out at 30k, fuel pump problem causing hard starts (known defect), panel light bulbs went out at 40k, misaligned panels and gaps and numerous rattle/squeaks. The only good thing I can say about this car is its fuel consumption.

      Toyotas are way overrated for what they are...
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