Toyota recalls over half a million cars

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http://cbs5.com/national/Toyota.recall.power.2.695730.html

Toyota Recalls Nearly 540,000 Corolla, Matrix Cars

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 539,500 Corolla and Matrix passenger cars in the United States because the bolts in the power window system can become loose and ultimately cause a window to shatter.

Toyota said Wednesday it had received reports of 143 cases in which the bolts at the bottom of the power window assembly became loose, caused the window to rattle or led to the window breaking.

Toyota spokesman Joe Tetherow said there had been one minor accident and 15 injuries reported. He said he did not know how many complaints Toyota had received of windows shattering.

The recall involves 2003-2004 model year Corolla and Matrix vehicles equipped with power windows. Vehicles with manual windows are not part of the recall.

The automaker said if the window bolts become loose, motorists may hear an abnormal noise from the driver or front passenger door while operating the power windows.

The recall affects only vehicles sold in the United States, Tetherow said.

Toyota will notify owners of the recall in late April. Dealers will replace the driver and front passenger door glass bolts at no charge to owners.

For more information, owners can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331.
 

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where are the american toyota's build?

ps. Toyota is spelled wrong in the header
 
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where are the american toyota's build?

All over the place. Some come from Japan, but most US Toyotas are either built in America or Ontario, Canada. I know the uber-popular Lexus RX330 is built in Canada for example.
 

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Most of the US Corolla and Matrix cars come from Fremont, CA - the ONLY unionized Toyota plant in North America, as I recall. They used to make Camaros there, and it's a GM plant that Toyota inherited when GM couldn't make the NUMMI idea work.

FYI, this should *also* affect the Vibe. Let's see how long it takes for GM to put out the recall.
 

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With every mention of "toyota" and "recall" I'm always suprised that toyota have been able to keep the design flaw in the celica/mr2/avensis 1.8 VVT-I engines under wraps as good as they have. Sure, they've increased the guarantee in both time and number of miles - but I've yet to see any consumer program mention it.

Guess most people buying one of these cars used figures it's the previous owners fault when the engine starts drinking oil and fails. Kudos to toyota for screwing everyone over <_<
 

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where are the american toyota's build?

ps. Toyta is spelled wrong in the header

Oops, I reinstalled Firefox and forgot to tell it to spell check that field

PS- Toyota is spelled wrong in the above post. :p
 

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Oops, I reinstalled Firefox and forgot to tell it to spell check that field

PS- Toyota is spelled wrong in the above post. :p

hrhr thats pure dumbness :D

edited it out
 

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I'm not surprised at all. I've been driving my parent's '01 Sienna lately and I've just come to realize just how bad the build quality was. The gaps on the body and dash are worryingly thick. The bottom part of the two tone dash is beginning to come loose. The plastics in the car are showing white scratches. Almost every new Toyota (with the exception of the 4-Runner and the Sienna) has had cheap plastics. The plastics in Toyotas are probably the cheapest and flimsiest in the market today (with the exception of Chrysler).
 

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^ So true... I had a Corolla loaner in the fall and it was absolute shit. Honda definitely has higher standards than Toyota. I haven't tried new American cars so I can't compare.
 

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My friends just bought a Fusion to replace their Camry. The inside is built to a budget, (it's not a luxury car) but the materials are high-grade and well fitted.
 

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Well, I love my 04 Sienna. Got well over 100,000 on it and she hasn't skipped a beat. Only maintenance is oil changes and tires.
 

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With every mention of "toyota" and "recall" I'm always suprised that toyota have been able to keep the design flaw in the celica/mr2/avensis 1.8 VVT-I engines under wraps as good as they have. Sure, they've increased the guarantee in both time and number of miles - but I've yet to see any consumer program mention it.

Guess most people buying one of these cars used figures it's the previous owners fault when the engine starts drinking oil and fails. Kudos to toyota for screwing everyone over <_<

Rules for buying a Toyota:

1. Never buy a Toyota car that is smaller than the Corolla being sold at the same time. It never works out well. See: Starlet, Tercel, Paseo, Echo.
2. Conversely, never buy a Toyota car that is bigger than the Camry being sold at the time. It also never works out. See: Avalon.
3. Never buy a FWD sports or sporty coupe from Toyota. They're all disappointments.

My friends just bought a Fusion to replace their Camry. The inside is built to a budget, (it's not a luxury car) but the materials are high-grade and well fitted.

Around 97, Toyota deliberately decontented and simplified their Camry for "better assembly". Translation: We got cheap.

Personally, since they came out of their "we're being morons and we don't know what we want to do" period of 96-99, I'm quite liking Nissan's product lineup again.
 

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Looks like the hopes and dreams they've been building their cars with have come due.
 

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Recalls are pretty common today with all the various manufacturers. It's just when Toyota has a recall, everyone makes a big deal about it because of their reliable image.

Chrysler had a bigger recall just a few months back:
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jdnnCCjJdTGoMLiQHvX__vlyCfcg

GM had some big ones too recently:
http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/14/news/companies/gm_recall.ap/index.htm?section=money_topstories
http://illinoishomepage.net/content/fulltext/?sid=be6ae61dd6ab133cf8e421c710058877&cid=11382

And Ford:
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2008/02/recall-alert-20.html

And even Honda had a couple big one's last year:
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=120113
http://www.houstoncars.org/recall-notice-2006-2007-honda-civic-sedans.php
 

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2. Conversely, never buy a Toyota car that is bigger than the Camry being sold at the time. It also never works out. See: Avalon.
I would make an exceptions rule for this one, so long as its RWD should be ok unless you intend to sell. I would prefer a bare bones Cresta over any Camry.
 

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Actually those are "going forward" rules, not ones for older models per se. I know about the Cressida, I also know about the Celica AllTrac from 86-89, and those were pretty good.

The Cressida was a good car, but it did have its issues - such as the head gasket problem with the 7M.
 
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