NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2005 Pontiac Vibe (Page 6 of 6)

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:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,386 miles

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2005 Pontiac Vibe seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #18

Sep 012005


  • 8,000 miles


I am filing a complaint about the front passenger airbag inflator recall (NHTSA recall # 15V285; GM recall # N140491), for which I received a letter yesterday. I am very disturbed to be told that, until the necessary replacement part is available, and with only the assurance that GM (and presumably Toyota) is "working as quickly as possible to correct this condition, " I should not operate the car with the front passenger seat occupied. I find it disturbing and odd that the proscription only applies to the front passenger seat, even though the warning includes the statement that malfunction of the front passenger airbag could result in "metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants [including, presumably, me] potentially resulting in serious injury or death, " I am also troubled that no advice or accommodation is made for those for whom not using the front passenger seat is not an option, nor is there provision by GM/Toyota/takata to provide a replacement car until such time as the replacement part is available, or at least some sort of remuneration for what it will cost those affected to rent a car when they must use a front passenger seat. And there's the small matter that the metal fragments could strike more than just the front passenger. Therefore, I would like to know what NHTSA is doing to ensure that proper compensation is provided for this.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #17

Jul 142015


  • 193,000 miles
I took my car to mike morgan Buick GMC of shreveport Louisiana for the recall repair of the front passenger airbag inflator module. Five days later my airbag warning light comes on. I take my car back to mike morgan Buick GMC. They inform me the warning light stems from the steering wheel airbag and they only "repaired" or "tampered" with the passenger side air bag. I will have to pay $922 to have it repaired. I don't know if them tampering with my airbags caused the light to come on or not. However, I do know I had no warning lights illuminated in my dashboard until mike morgan Buick GMC of shreveport Louisiana tampered with my car. They told me the airbag light being on means my driver side airbag is disabled.

- Princeton, LA, USA

problem #16

Jul 092015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Live Oak, TX, USA

problem #15

Jul 052015


  • 291,561 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle shuttered, vibrated, and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, after the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 291,561.

- Perrinton, MI, USA

problem #14

Jun 232015


  • 150,000 miles
Airbag light came on while driving. Looked up recalls, found a recall for airbag but incomplete/no remedy yet. Called to see if this would be covered due to recall and told no- there was no warning light involved in recall of airbag!!! really" airbag light comes on for no reason, there is a recall on year/model for airbag but my situation is not related??? and who puts out a recall with no remedy?"

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #13

Apr 212015

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving on the expressway at approximately 65 mph when my airbag deployed for no apparent reason. I did not hit anything. Nothing hit me. I was able to pull the car over and no one was hurt other than the impact to my chest and hands.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #12

Feb 022011


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, there was an abnormal noise coming from the passenger side air bag. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 072014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V655000 (air bags). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Deerfield, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 242014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
Received a letter via fedex from GM regarding air bag recall 14735, advises no one should occupy the front seat and have this repair done immediately. Letter also states I can call my local dealership immediately for service, which I did. Local dealership here in Hawaii advises they know nothing about this recall #14735, do not have the parts, do not know when they will have the parts and put me on an indefinite wait list. Basically the letter from GM appears to cover them from liability but it reality no one is servicing my car!

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #9

Jun 232014


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the air bag sensor illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired by an authorized dealer. The contact had not been notified of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V350000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 192014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles


Stopped at red light with a Dodge Ram 1500 in front of me. I was rear ended by a car (Toyota rav 4) going approximately 35 mph. I did turn my steering wheel to try and get into the turn lane to avoid the collision but did not have enough time. The car rear ended me and then my car was pushed into the truck in front of me. My car sustained damage to both the front and back. My head hit the side window jam (between the windshield and door) and then my nose and mouth hit my steering wheel. I was wearing my seat belt but still my face was injured and my left leg hit the steering column. I do remember feeling a point during the collision that I flew in the air - having the feeling that I was flying. My seat belt caught and I was pushed back into the seat. My seat was not too close to the steering wheel while I was driving. My airbag did not deploy at all even though I was rear ended and then pushed into the car in front of me. I sustained a broken nose which is broke on both sides from hitting the steering wheel I believe. I also ended up splitting my eye in two places when I hit the border between the windshield and door. I also ended up hitting my leg on the steering column with major bruising. The impact with the steering also caused my teeth to go through my top lip and broke numerous teeth. I feel like I would not have sustained such serious injuries if my airbag had deployed.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #7

Feb 162014


  • 120,000 miles
My girl's vehicle stopped on it's own several times with no warning, but later would restart. The engine just kept stopping she would say in various turns, but with jiggling the key it would start back up.the last time while turning left at a light the vehicle died in the middle of the turn again. This time, the vehicle just made it coasting thru the intersection. I noticed the key chain was overloaded with mace, MINIbaseball tigers bat, 15 keys, pictures etc. We took it to a mechanic and was informed the engine must be locked and we need to scrap the car because they could not get it to fire up. I believe it was the ignition switch that sometimes made contact. I just got a 4th notice that the 4th set of airbags are defective. The car is crushed now, but it seems pretty logical the ignition switch was faulty. I bought her a new car because it kept dying in turns. I did not put two and two together until after the publicity. The scope of this recall needs to be expanded to the 2005 Pontiac Vibe. We were lucky that no one was coming from the other direction thru those intersections. The VIN is [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 012014


  • 177,000 miles
Intermittent then steady display of "air bag" malfunction light on dash.

- Doyle, CA, USA

problem #5

May 152009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated there was an accident which causes $5000 damage to the front of the vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. He was driving at 60mph when another vehicle crash into his. Everyone was wearing their seat belts, their was one person injured but they did not go to the hospital until four days after. A police report is available if needed. The vehicle was driven away from the scene. The GM and Toyota manufacturer were contacted but no one has responded as of the time of the complaint. There was no maintenance or service performed on the air bags before the accident. The VIN number is unknown. The failure mileage was 70,000

- Mt Ulla, NC, USA

problem #4

May 152009


  • 70 miles
2005 Vibe major front end damage air bags didn't deploy repair to fender, 'grill air conditioner, hood, bumper some new pairs some use parts.

- Mt Ulla , NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 132007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,828 miles
I bought this car August 2005 and it always had a start issue. It just wont turn over, but this problem can go for a couple of days before starting again. It will start fine some days and others it won't. also was in a car accident rear ended a van and smashed up the car but the air bags didn't deploy at all. My insurance company stopped counting the damage after it hit $10,000. It was at an angle versus just straight on. Car has less than 20,000 miles on it. Main concern was the air bag didn't go off when the collision happened. Luckily everyone was fine. But what is being done about this two problems?

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 222006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Car crash which my vehicle crashed into rear of vehicle in front of me. Speed was above 20mph. My car is totaled and air bags didnt deploy.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 292005


  • miles
2005 Pontiac Vibe was involved in a collision and air bags did not deploy.

- Celina, OH, USA

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