NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 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.

2004 Pontiac Vibe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 112008


  • 44,500 miles


My son was driving my car and there was a passenger in the front seat. They rear ended an SUV while going about 30 mph. Both front air bags deployed. Both boys were wearing there seatbelts and no one was injured. But the impact of the passenger front air bag shattered the windshield. It did not go completely through but the from the center of impact outward the area covers the entire passenger side, and there was glass splinters are all over the passenger seat, the dash and the passenger door. The trooper at the scene said the car was undrivable with the windshield like that. The passenger did not have any impact with the airbag. Looking from the outside of the car you can see exactly how the airbag deployed straight into the windshield. The body damage was to the front bumper, hood, front passenger side panel, but there was no impact to the windshield from the outside collision only the force of the airbag.

- Andover, MN, USA

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