NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,500 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 #4

Jan 192009


  • 87,000 miles


19 Jan 2009, 2003 Pontiac Vibe was involved in a front end collision with another vehicle crossing a intersection. Air bags failed to deploy upon impact. Vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. While removing the contents, I was able to take a look at the front end, one air bag (rh) sensor was completely missed and the left sensor (LH) was unable to be seen, but the location of the (LH) sensor appeared to take a direct hit. Three people were in the Vibe.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jul 272004

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While crossing an intersection consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy. No injuries reported. The consuemr was involved in two other accidents in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 102004


  • 40,000 miles
While driving 55 mph consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy. As result driver and passenger sustained minor neck and shoulder injuries.

- Mineral Point, MO, USA

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