NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal: Sensor/Control Module 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:
12,966 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.

2005 Pontiac Vibe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

May 102006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,317 miles


I was involved in a serious front end collision at approximately 40 mph on the freeway. My air bag did not deploy. When I called the dealership to inquire about why this happened and I was told that "air bags only deploy at certain angles." Well, if it was a direct front end collision that caused $8,600 worth of damage, don't you think the air bag should have gone off? I had to replace everything between the engine and the bumper, this is ridiculous that I got the run -around about the air bag. I am very concerned that air bags in many Vibes are faulty and that Pontiac isn't doing anything about it.

- Mount Clemens, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 172005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,616 miles
The consumer states that the 2005 Pontiac Vibe has been in the shop 4 times for an indicator light that indicates that the air bag is inoperative. The owner's manual states that if this light is on the air bag could deploy at anytime. The dealership is aware of the problem. The manufacturer has been contacted, and advised the consumer to bring the car to dealer again since the light is still not working properly. Now the indicator light on the passenger's side air bag is not showing if the air bag is on or off. When there is a passenger in the sea the light is showing off for the air bag when the light should say on. When the consumer took the car out for a drive the light did not come on at all.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

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