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Monday, June 03, 2013

Toyota and GM are recalling "certain" 2003 and 2004 Corollas, Corolla Matrixes, and Pontiac Vibes

Toyota and GM are recalling "certain" 2003 and 2004 Corollas, Corolla
Matrixes, and Pontiac Vibes because the supplemental restraint system
(SRS) circuits "are susceptible to internal shorting." They say such
shorting "may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat
which can damage the circuits" and that "This could result in an
inadvertent deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners."

I took my '04 Vibe into my old Pontiac (and still Chevy) dealer on
Friday to have the recall work done. But after leaving the
dealership I discovered that most of the radio/time panel was dark
and therefore I couldn't tell the time or know what station I was
tuned to (the radio still worked fine). It was too late to go back
to the dealer and it's closed on Saturday and Sunday. I'm wondering
if because the problem was obviously caused by the electrical work
they did to fix the recall issue, if it's up to them to fix the new
lighting problem on the radio/time panel.

Do I have a case for insisting that they fix the new problem at no
charge? I've been going to this dealer for service since I bought
the Vibe (used) from another dealership in December, '05.

As you probably know, Pontiac Vibes and Corolla Matrix's were
essentially the same car, produced by a joint GM/Toyota venture.


  1. Personal opinion from stupid. If the radio/time panel was working (lights up) and when you got the vehicle back and it's not working, then it's the dealer's responsibility to fix it.

  2. It lit up when I took the vehicle in, but I have no way of proving that. If I had a time machine, I'd go back and take a time-stamped photo of it!

  3. Yeah, he said... If the dealer is reputable and wants repeat business, they will fix that at no charge. Then there's also the Bureau of Auto Repair or whatever governs mechanical shops in your state

  4. Did you try the dimmer switch for the dash lights as this controls radio also?