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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Accelerator Pedal Problems

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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:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,032 miles

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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.

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #17

Aug 152011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated while driving 30 mph the vehicle started rapidly accelerated. The rpms continued to increase. While depressing the brake pedal the vehicle would not slow down. The emergency brake was engaged causing the vehicle to slow down allowing the contact to drive onto the emergency lane and turn the vehicle off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The acceleration occurred at least three times before the vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test and was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 09/30/11 the consumer stated a new gas pedal was installed. Updated 10/24/11

- Tannersville, NY, USA

problem #16

Jul 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer writes in response to an unsatisfactory response of GM safety recall the consumer stated after making appointments and going to two different dealers he was informed the tools were not available to remedy the recall.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #15

Aug 282010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer asserts possible manufacturing defect concerning accelerator pedal problems the consumer stated as he was preparing to stop, to discharge a passenger, he removed his foot from the accelerator pedal to apply the brake, the vehicle kept moving forward and traveled approximately 1 1/2 car lengths into some bushed and a building.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #14

Dec 122009

Vibe

  • 0 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact started the ignition; and when the accelerator pedal was engaged, the vehicle lurched forward without warning. The failure would occur sporadic. In addition, the failure occurred in the reverse position causing the vehicle to crash into the proceeding vehicle. The front bumper was damaged, and there was no personal injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on six different occasions for the same failure. The vehicle was repaired under two recalls associated with the NHTSA campaign id number 10V018000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal); and 10V024000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal). The remedy did not correct the problem and the acceleration failure continued after the recall repairs were performed. The dealer and manufacturer were unable to provide any resolutions. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #13

Oct 202009

Vibe

  • 6,600 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that he has received three recall notices; NHTSA campaign id number: 09V392000, component: Service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum; NHTSA campaign id number: 10V018000, vehicle speed control accelerator pedal; NHTSA campaign id number: 10V024000, floor mats. He has never had a safety issue associated with these recalls. The contact has tried to make appointments to have the remedies performed, but the dealer stated that they do not have the parts for any of the recalls. The first recall notice arrived in October 2009 and the others arrived in February 2010. The contact notified the manufacturer and they informed the contact that the dealer will not order the parts until he brings it in for diagnostics. The contact feels that the availablity of the parts are critical and he has concern for his safety in driving the vehicle. The current mileage is approximately 6600.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #12

Apr 282010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed into a cement pole. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but they failed to stop the vehicle. The contact was injured. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 07/19/10. Updated 07/23/10

- Niangua, MO, USA

problem #11

Mar 192010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,300 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph approaching a traffic light when the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly. The brakes were engaged repeatedly. Suddenly, the gear was shifted into the park position. The vehicle came to a complete stop and was able to resume normally. The vehicle was taken to authorize dealer. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 13,300. The current mileage was 13,350. Updated 10/27/10. Updated 12/15/10 updated 12/27/10

- Liberty , MO, USA

problem #10

Feb 182010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,050 miles
The car accelerated in a parking lot and hit a lightpole. Over a $1000 damage was done to the car. When the car hit the lightpole, it was on the recall list, so the recall repairs were done. The body work wasn't done. The car also accelerated once when I entered the garage. No damage was done since I already had my foot on the clutch and was able to get the car under control. Updated 05/24/10 the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer because the gas pedal shim was not installed properly. Updated 05/28/10

- Monticello, IL, USA

problem #9

Feb 182010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer states unintended acceleration. The consumer stated the vehicle accelerated out of control which caused her to crash into a light pole. The consumer stated when the vehicle was first purchased, it accelerated while she was driving into a garage. She was able to get the vehicle under control. The consumer stated her vehicle was recalled due to sudden acceleration problems. Weeks prior to the accident, the consumer inquired about the recall and was informed the repairs would be made once the parts arrived. While waiting for the parts, the consumer had an accident. Updated 05/05/10. Updated 05/28/10.

- Monticello, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 282010

Vibe

  • 8,700 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. While at a stop with the brakes applied the contact noticed that the engines rpms had risen to 6000. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where NHTSA recall # 10V024000 vehicle speed control :accelerator pedal was performed on the vehicle. The contact has not noticed the failure since having the recall performed. The failure mileage was 8700 and the current mileage was 9000.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #7

Sep 282009

Vibe

  • 7,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. While the contact was driving 1 mph the vehicle had suddenly accelerated without warning.in order to stop the acceleration the contact had shifted the vehicle into neutral. One month prior to the recent failure the vehicle was taken to the dealership where NHTSA recall# 10V024000: Vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal was performed on the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could not be reproduced. The failure mileage was at 7000 and the current mileage is 18000. Updated 05/13/10.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 232010

Vibe

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. Whenever the contact applied the brakes, he noticed that the vehicle would suddenly surge forward for a short period before correcting itself. The failure occurred while driving approximately 35 mph. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The contact had recall NHTSA id number 10V018000, vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal and 10V024000 performed on his vehicle prior to the recent failure. The current and failure mileages were 29000.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 302009

Vibe

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. She stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle began pulling to the left and when applying the brakes, it would pull the steering wheel to the left. She had to use excessive force to control the vehicle. The dealer was contacted and they diagnosis indicated that the steering column needed to be repaired. The accelerator also became stuck, the vehicle accelerated, and within a few minutes the vehicle lunged forward. There have been no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 27000 and the current mileage was 38000.

- Deerisland , OR, USA

problem #4

Feb 092010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac vive. While driving into a parking space attempting to park the vehicle at 5 mph when the gas pedal was engaged, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a fence. She received a ticket for careless driving. The insurance company towed the vehicle to the body shop. The vehicle will be repaired. She sustained fractured bones and the passenger received injuries to their chest, ribs and knee. The failure and the current mileage were 3,000. Updated 3/16/10 the consumer attempted to stop the vehicle, however the pedal went to the floor. The air bags did not deploy during the accident. Updated 05/11/10.

- Morristown , NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 162010

(reported on)

Vibe

  • miles
2009 Pontiac Vibe has issue with the gas pedal sticking. The consumer stated she experienced a problem with the pedal sticking while she was attempting to merge into traffic. Updated 03/01/10. Updated 03/12/10 updated 03/04/10.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 032009

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. While driving approximately 5 mph into her garage the vehicle accelerated although pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The vehicle crashed into the garage door and the roof collapsed. There was an estimate of $9,000 for property damages. The driver sustained no injuries. The police was called to the scene. The vehicle was towed to the authorized dealer. The vehicle sustained severe damages which were repaired for $9,000. The cause of failure has not been determined at this time. The failure mileage was 3,500. Updated 3/4/2010 updated 05/10/10

- Akron, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 282010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. While driving various speeds including approximately 35 mph, the contact attempted to engage the brake pedal he noticed that both the brake and accelerator pedal depressed at the same time. After examining the brake pedal the contact noticed that the brake pedal was only 3 inches apart from the accelerator pedal. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 3400. Updated 03/04/10 on tow occasions the accelerator pedal jammed with the brake pedal operating. The brake collapsed and became the same height as the accelerator, which caused both to became depressed. Both the accelerator and brake pedals were very close together. Updated 05/17/10

- Willbraham, MA, USA

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