NHTSA — Steering: Wheel And Handle Bar 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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,000 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 232003

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,000 miles


In August of 2003, we bought a new, 2003 Pontiac Vibe. In November, we had a terrible accident when the steering wheel locked up, while taking a curve. The vehicle lost control and made us hit the side walk with the right front wheel. The two front wheels bursted and the rod broke in half. We started spinning until the motor, finally died. Fortunately, there were no cars around at that time. Our injuries are being treated and our insurance company covered the vehicles repairs. The damage was major and we requested an inspection from Pontiac. They are not accepting responsibility and denied to provide us with a copy of the inspection report or pictures. The towing company mentioned to us that they had picked up three Vibes witht he same type of damage.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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