Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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NHTSA — Visibility/Wiper Problems Seal Of Pretty Good 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,123 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.

2009 Pontiac Vibe accessories - exterior problems

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 092015


  • 29,500 miles


Pulling out of the Firestone parking lot, looked both ways; nothing coming from the right or the left, began to pull out, and almost hit a guy on a motorcycle. There is a very poorly designed trait in my Pontiac Vibe with the side mirrors blocking your view.... can the mirrors be changed to a smaller (height) mirror? this had actually happened to me twice since I've owned this car.... never buy another one. Thank you - noelle susan bough

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 252013


  • 38,746 miles
The driver side window imploded showering me with glass while driving on the interstate 435 in the Kansas City area. This was unexpected, nearly caused me to lose control of the vehicle on the rain wet roadway while a panel truck was passing me on my left side. I have heard of other incidents of this nature establishing a pattern of failure for this window as well as the passenger side front windows. A retainer notch at the bottom of the glass seems to be a weak point which causes sudden failure of the tempered glass which can result in injury from glass in eyes, down clothing as well as loss of control of the vehicle.

- Raymore, MO, USA

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