NHTSA — Seat Belts 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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
163,783 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

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 #1

May 012011


  • 172,566 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact noticed that the bolt that held the seat belt together became detached and the seat belt was unable to retract. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the contact was informed that the bolt was stripped and needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 179,351 and the failure mileage was 172,566.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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