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NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems Seal Of 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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,532 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.

2008 Pontiac Vibe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 112011


  • 47,063 miles


My 3 year old son rides in a carseat that is installed using the latch system, 2 days ago he got the car's seatbelt and managed to get it wrapped around his neck when he let go of the seatbelt the seatbelt locked. When I realized what had happened I was able to pull over and after attempting to get the seatbelt to unlock without any success the seatbelt had to be cut to get it from around his neck. My son luckily came through without any permanent injury.

- East Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 222008


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Vibe. On April 22, 2008, while driving 35 mph, the contact's vehicle was struck on the front passenger door by another vehicle. The driver's side seat belt failed to restrain the contact, causing her to strike and injure her head against the dashboard. The passenger received injuries to her legs. The insurance company investigation discovered that the driver's side seat belt bolt failed, which caused the seat belt to fail. The insurance company declared the vehicle to be destroyed. The front driver and passenger side air bags failed to deploy. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Fortine, MT, USA

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