WASHINGTON - About 11,000 cars from the early production of the 2003 Toyota Corolla and the Pontiac Vibe are being recalled so bolts attaching rear brake and hub assemblies to the vehicles can be tightened.
The brake and hub assembly could separate from the vehicle and a driver could lose control, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned. A noise coming from the car's rear is a symptom of the loose-bolt problem.
The recall affects about 8,500 Corolla sedans and 2,700 Vibe sport wagons, the agency said. The vehicles have been assembled since January at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont, Calif. Toyota and General Motors share the plant.
The recall does not affect the Vibe's sister vehicle, the Toyota Matrix, which is built in Cambridge, Ontario, said Sam Butto, spokesman for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.