• Oct 13, 2009
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General Motors is recalling 10,119 units of the Pontiac Vibe due to cold weather-related brake problems. The vehicles subject to the recall are all fitted with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant, and were sold or are currently registered in one of about two dozen snow belt states.

According to the recall campaign, very low ambient temperatures may cause brake vacuum components to freeze. The vehicles will still brake, but stopping distances will be increased, possibly leading to a crash. Dealers have been instructed to modify the brake vacuum line free of charge to correct the problem. While the recall specifically names vehicles originally sold or registered in certain states, the repair campaign will also be applied to vehicles sold in all other states.

For more information, Vibe owners may contact Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668, visit GM's Owner Center, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236. Full press release after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]

Make: PONTIAC
Model: VIBE
Model Year: 2009

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 27, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V392000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10119

Summary:

GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 PONTIAC VIBE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 1.8L ENGINE AND ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ALASKA, COLORADO, IDAHO, ILLINOIS IOWA, KANSAS, MAINE, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW YORK, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMONT, WISCONSIN, AND WYOMING. WHEN DRIVING UNDER CERTAIN UNIQUE CONDITIONS IN EXTREMELY LOW AMBIENT TEMPERATURES, THE INTAKE MANIFOLD SUCTION PORT FOR THE BRAKE VACUUM CAN BECOME LOCKED DUE TO THE FREEZING OF CONDENSATION RESULTING FROM POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION.

Consequence:

THIS COULD LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE BRAKE VACUUM LINE FREE OF CHARGE. A SPECIAL COVERAGE FOR VEHICLES REGISTERED IN ALL OTHER STATES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE SAME TIME FRAME. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 23, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Could the Matrix and Corolla suffer from the same problem?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Could the Matrix and Corolla suffer from the same problem?

        Bad "Vibes" from the (dead) Pontiac...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They do and Toyota did the recall 2 months ago...before temperatures starting getting low again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        IIRC, yes. I vaguely remember there being a recall on the Matrix and Corolla, but in cold climates only, which prompted a bit of flack from the readers on here. Toyota should fix them everywhere. What if I live in LA and I decide to take my VIBE to mammoth for the weekend...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mechanically, these are identical cars with Toyota engineered powertrains. I would assume that we should see an identical recall for the Matrix and Corolla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the Matrix have the same recall?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does. Happened last month? Previous month?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure Avis will be very upset.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The last Pontiac went out with a bang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "This is not a Pontiac is a Toyota in sheeps Cladding."

        No, it's a joint effort between GM and Toyota. Both brought something to the table.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True it was a joint venture in the plant. GM designed the styling and looks of the car and Toyota designed the power train and hardware.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is not a Pontiac is a Toyota in sheeps Cladding.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We all know its a Toyota with GM skin like so many other cars they have built for them(Geo Prizm). To bad about the G8, was a fan of Holden.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the title
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota also had a cold weather braking issue and Toyota also only recalled cars in cold weather states. It was a huge mistake then as it is now. They should recall ALL affected cars as there is no guarantee that a car in a warm weather state will remain in the warm weather state. What happens if the owner has to move from San Diego to New York?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota won't recall the Matrix or the Corolla for quite sometime. They can't admit to another safety SNAFU after the whole gas pedal floor mat thing. That would make them look like a crappy American car company.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota recalled the Matrix a month or so ago for this issue already. It was posted here on Autoblog no less.
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