• Apr 9, 2008
Joint manufacturing ventures allow both automakers to share resources and platforms, but unfortunately, it also means they share problems. Such is the case with GM and Toyota, whose NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, put out 540,000 Toyota Matrixes, Corollas and 123,00 Pontiac Vibes with faulty bolts that hold in the glass on the two front doors. The 660,000 2003-2004 vehicles equipped with power windows are being recalled after 500 complaints, 36 claimed injuries and one crash (?!) were reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is calling for both automakers to recall the affected vehicles and replace the faulty bolts at no charge.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      geo.stewart, you are so full of sh*t. Everyone knows toyota is one of the best brands when it comes to reliability. Most of you are criticizing toyota for their lack of true performance and you know who u are, geo.stewart being one of em.

      True toyota isnt perfect, but what car company is? Even Honda isnt perfect, but compared to the big three, Honda, Toyota, & even nissan are much better brands to go with in value and in reliability, whether you all think so or not.

      Facts before opinion/judgement!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        And don't forget Hyundai, Kia, and Suzuki. oh and also the soon to be Stateside Alfa Romeo
      • 6 Years Ago
      How the hell did someone crash because of it? Did it fall out and break all over the driver or something?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It's as good an excuse for wrecking your car as any."

        It's as good an excuse as any for wrecking your Corolla.

        Ugly pile of crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        pretty much anything that can distract the driver's attention can cause an accident/crash.. talking on cellphone, setting up your GPS NAV/radio, looking at your kids, talking to your passenger.... in this case.. it's the malfunction window.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's as good an excuse for wrecking your car as any.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It's as good an excuse for wrecking your car as any."

        It's as good an excuse as any for wrecking your Corolla.

        Ugly pile of crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While it's kinda bizarre that someone actually crashed because of this, this is definitely disappointing. This kind of idiocy is the kind of crap that you expect to happen to a VW Jetta with the crappy plastic glass holder or something.

      Stupid NUMMI is seriously f'ing up Toyota's track record these days.

      Oh well, so far my Lexington, KY Toyota has been pretty good to me. The brake switch had to be adjusted a little one time, that might have been because of the salt water that kept getting kicked on it or whatever (northeast weather) but other than that it's been good. Debating whether to basically do a full cleanup (remove every bit of rust possible and replace pretty much every fluid possible) or if it's not really worth the effort. I don't really have to do any of that yet, but I might have to drive this thing into the ground.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, I haven't heard anything good about the things coming from this joint company plant.

      So what are the odds that GM gets more bad press on this than Toyota?
        • 6 Years Ago
        HAHAHAH Oh goodness geo.stewart. My My how one is so severely deluded. GM going up in quality is a joke. Almost as bad as you saying Toyota is going downhill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        too bad GM hitched its wagon to a poor quality co. like Toyota. its loke a freaky friday thing happened with GM quality going up and toyota sinking like a rock
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like Toyota's fault to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It IS based off of Toyota technology. And 85% of the units involved are Toyota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm SURE it is.......(i hope you sensed the sarcasm....)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Firstly, those numbers add up to total production for NUMMI and Canadian-built Corollas, Matrixes (Matrices?), and Vibes for the model years involved. Second, if it is all three, its probably either a supplier defect or a problem as-designed. Which means you should blame the company that made the bolt or the engineer (and his manager) who specified which bolt to use.

      This isn't an issue about how well (or not) built the vehicle is, NUMMI won a JD Power Bronze plant award around that time too, so they must have been doing something right...
      • 6 Years Ago
      they don't make Matrix in the NUMMI plant; Matrix are made in Canada.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also, Martix XRS AWD: your username is absolutely hilarious, because there has never been such a thing as an all-wheel drive XRS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's an interesting point. People are quick to blame the make or the worker, but rarely think about the role that the plant it's satellite supplier have.

        Canadian Corollas and Matrixes are made in Cambridge, ON and don't seem to have been as problematic. It's a little like how, of all the W-Bodies, the pre-03 Grand Prix (built in Kansas, moved to Oshawa, ON in 2003) was always rated lower in durability than the Oshawa-assembled Regal, Century and Impala. When the moved the GP to Oshawa, it's ratings went up considerably. Same for the Fusion (Hermosillo, which is a good plant) versus the Mazda6 (AutoAlliance, which is less so).

        People: pay attention to the _plant_ you car is made at. Not only does the plant's location have more effect on the economy (it pays the wages of a lot of people), it also determines, more than anything else, how reliable a vehicle will be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's funny, because my 2003 Matrix *clearly* states on the door jamb it was made in Canada. First number of the VIN is '2' as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No-the Corolla and Vibe are made at NUMMI. The Matrix is made in Canada and Japan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quality work from this Union morons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      as a former autoglass technician, i personally have replaced/worked on many side door windows. Over the years, i repaired many vehicles with loose fitting side door glass. There were a lot of toyotas and hondas that had loose bolts coming off the regulator or the track itself came unglued from the bottom of the glass. Often they were simple fixes of fresh glue or just retightening of the bolts.
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