February 12, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Toyota and General Motors has issued a recall of approximately 887,709 vehicles due to an auto defect affecting the airbag system. Certain 2003-2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles are included in the recall class. An electrical short may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat, which can damage circuits resulting in an inadvertent deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners. Inadvertent deployment of the airbags or the seat belt pretensioners may increase the risk of enhanced injuries in event of a vehicle crash.

This recall schedule has not been determined, but once set dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Toyota owners may call 1-800-331-4331 and Pontiac owners may call 1-800-620-7668. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V029000.

 Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.