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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2003 Pontiac Vibe (Page 1 of 2)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Pontiac Vibe is the mechanical twin of the Toyota Matrix.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,342 miles

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2003 Pontiac Vibe seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Sep 222016

Vibe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. While driving and making a right turn, the air bags deployed without warning or impact. The air bags did not inflate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the details could not be provided. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags), but the vehicle was not repaired prior to the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #39

May 272016

Vibe

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminates intermittently. The vehicle was diagnosed but not repaired. The contact notified the manufacturer of the failure. Th approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Bluffton, IN, USA

problem #38

Jan 012003

Vibe

  • miles
Takata recall

- Citrus Springs, FL, USA

problem #37

Dec 212015

Vibe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I received a recall for 13030. After they 'fixed' it my air bag light turned on. I received a recall for 14877. I took it to the same dealership and the light is still on. They are now fighting with me saying that they did not do this and they will not fix it as it has nothing to do with the recall. After arguing with them, they did run a free dx text which would of costed me $90. As of today my vehicle its now coding B1181 and that they are now trying to charge me $1,000 to replace the airbag and coil. However I did not have any issue with my airbag light before they did the recall

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #36

Aug 042014

Vibe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V312000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Field Beach, CA, USA

problem #35

Jan 282015

Vibe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- La Grande, IN, USA

problem #34

Oct 082015

Vibe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Pontiac Vibe 2003 passenger air bag was replace in a recall do to the air bag can cut you up with metal pieces when deployed. With same manufacture making both airbag in my car, why is the driver side airbag did not get replace. Here a case from 2014 date complaint filed: 11/18/2014 date of incident: 09/25/2013 component(s): Air bags, steering, unknown or other NHTSA id number: 10659129 consumer location: North canton, oh crash:yes fire:no number of injuries:1 number of deaths:0 manufacturer: General Motors llc vehicle identification no. (VIN): 5Y2sl62873Z... summary: My husband was cut off on an exit ramp on 62east. When he crashed he hit a tree head on causing the airbags to deploy and cut open his head. He still has pain and issues within his accident area and I think this is related to the air bag recalls and feel that if there are continuous checks and issues that we should be involved in any lawsuit against the company for the negligence upon the issues with the airbag. Do I have to wait until I get hurt or kill when my driver side airbag get deploy.

- Wonderlake, IL, USA

problem #33

Mar 052015

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) was received in March of 2015. After contacting the dealer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 11/18/15 updated 11/25/15.8jb

- Hillsdale , NY, USA

problem #32

Sep 232014

Vibe

  • miles
Airbag recall, so I took my 2003 Pontiac Vibe to a GM dealer to fix the problem, but it was never fixed. Now my car fails inspection because airbad light is on.

- Kittery, ME, USA

problem #31

Feb 232015

Vibe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not available.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #30

Mar 112015

Vibe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number :15V286000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #29

Jul 132015

Vibe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not available. Updated 09/10/15

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #28

May 272015

Vibe

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a body shop and deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #27

Apr 222015

Vibe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not available.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #26

Mar 252015

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 7/1/15 updated 07/09/15

- Henderson , NV, USA

problem #25

Nov 052014

Vibe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V029000 (air bags), 14V655000 (air bags), and 15V043000 (air bags). The contact stated that the parts were not available for several months. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Greenfield, TN, USA

problem #24

Mar 112015

Vibe

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. After the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags), the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Mizzoula, MT, USA

problem #23

Sep 252013

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
My husband was cut off on an exit ramp on 62east. When he crashed he hit a tree head on causing the airbags to deploy and cut open his head. He still has pain and issues within his accident area and I think this is related to the air bag recalls and feel that if there are continuous checks and issues that we should be involved in any lawsuit against the company for the negligence upon the issues with the airbag.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #22

Nov 012014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer writes in regards to supplemental restraint system electronic control module and airbag recall notices. The consumer stated she keeps getting recall notices, for the 2003 model vehicle she donated. Her current 2009 Pontiac Vibe vehicle has no recalls. Updated 11/19/14.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #21

May 142013

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
I have been dealing with GM for well over a year in reguards to multiple recalls on my cars air bag system. During this time I have repeatedly been given the run around by them and they're dealer, O'neal Buick in warminster, pa, with reguards to what needs to be done, availability of parts, and overall lack of concern that a vital safety system does not operate properly. To add insult to the situation, after the intial round of recalls when they worked on part of the electrical system, my air bag light was triggered. I had a mechanic diagnose the problem and the system now has a short in it. The dealer will be happy to repair the problem for a fee.

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

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