Certain examples 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe have been recalled as the vehicles’ may be equipped with a faulty airbag inflator.
The problem: certain 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles had the front passenger-side airbag replaced under a prior recall. The replacement airbag may not deploy properly in high-temperature conditions, however, resulting in the airbag failing to inflate and increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
The hazards: if the front passenger-side airbag does not deploy in the event of a collision, the front passenger may be at an increased risk of injury. While the 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe is involved in the Takata airbag recall, the replacement inflators in this recall do not pose the same risk as other Takata airbag inflators, which have been known to explode and send shrapnel flying toward cabin occupants.
- 2003 Pontiac Vibe
- 2004 Pontiac Vibe
Number of affected vehicles: a total of 554 units are affected by this problem.
Affected components: front passenger-side airbag assembly.
The fix: according to the NHTSA filing, “GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the passenger airbag module, as necessary, free of charge.” This recall is expected to begin March 9, 2020.
Owners should: wait for GM to contact them, at which point the company will likely instruct them to make an appointment with their dealer. If owners are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected, they can visit my.gm.com/
- NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V039000
- GM Recall Number: N192278940
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153