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NHTSA — Seat Belts: Front Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Pontiac Vibe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 302005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving around a corner the vehicle collided with another vehicle which resulted in a frontal impact. The driver's side air bag did not deploy. Also, the driver's side seat belt did not restrain the occupant. Injuries were sustained. The vehicle was not inspected to determine why the air bag failed to deploy. The manufacturer has been informed. There are police reports.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle was hit and front of the vehicle was smashed in. The force of seat belt left a bruise. The air bags never deployed. The insurance company stated the air bags were a Pontiac issue. Pontiac wanted consumer to pay for towing vehicle 110 miles. This happened on August 1, 2005.

- Crowley, CO, USA

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