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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,333 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.

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


While reversing out of a parking space accelerator pedal stuck when attempting to put the vehicle into the drive gear. Then, vehicle suddenly accelerated at a high speed, went into a brick wall, then through an office window. Driver sustained a concussion/2 broken fractures in the orbit of right eye area, and a sprained neck. The cause of the failure was unknown. The vehicle was totaled. The consumer has been on medication for high blood pressure since the accident.

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #2

May 042003


  • miles
When braking my engine revs on occasion. It is called fat foot!! the pedals are to close to each other and both the brake and the gas can be easily pressed at the same time. Luckily I am one of the few that still knows how to drive a manual transmission and all I notice is my tach swing up. Yes the pedals need to be placed farther apart but don't blame the car for something that is your fault.

- Ashford, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 222002

(reported on)


  • miles
During normal driving, when you remove foot from accelerator for gradual slow-down car will sometimes have slight to moderate burst of speed. Vehicle has been returned for service check and Pontiac dealer, before even looking at car, stated, the type of problem described would be very hard to find. I suggested the automatic transmission or the fuel injections, but of course they could not find problem. This problem could cause serious problems or accidents, but no one from dealer seems to be concerned.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

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