NHTSA — Seat Belts 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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,200 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 #3

Dec 012015

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the driver's seat belt failed. The contact was unable to fasten the seat belt. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The seat belt was not replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 110,000. Updated 09/29/16 updated 10/04/16.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #2

Jul 302008


  • 60,000 miles
While on vacation 900+ miles away from home, my friend reached over to buckle the seat belt on the passenger side of my 2003 Pontiac Vibe (I've owned for 2 years) and the entire latch apparatus came off, leaving nothing there but a thin black cord. I really thought she was joking, until I got into the passenger seat myself and tried to buckle it. There was nothing left to buckle the belt into. I know that things break on an automobile but the seat belts are something that you hope you can trust when your life depends on them. There was no previous problem known with this belt latch, and as a single person with no children, the passenger belt is not even used frequently. Fortunately, we did not have an accident during this 3,000 mile vacation, but anyone in the passenger seat was without the protection of a seatbelt. I am getting ready to call the dealership and/or contact the manufacturer to see if they will fix this. I am sure they will fix it but at my expense. This is obviously a huge safety problem. A minimum consequence would be that I could receive a ticket from police for the passenger not using the seatbelt and the worst consequence would be that the unbelted passenger could be killed in an accident. This defect is worthy of further investigation!

- Saint Joseph, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 242002

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
2003 Pontiac Vibe was hit head on by another vehicle and then hit the side guard rail and another car. No air bags (front and sides) deployed, and one back seat passenger's seat belt failed. There were five people in the complainant vehicle were injured.

- Torrington, CT, USA

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