General Motors has confirmed to Autoblog that the Pontiac Vibe is included in Toyota's just-announced recall action. The Vibe and the Toyota Matrix share a large number of parts, including the affected cable to the airbag.

"About 40,500 Pontiac Vibes from the 2009-2010 model years are included in the Toyota recall. Toyota designed and engineered the Vibe for Pontiac. GM will service customers with these vehicles when Toyota makes the parts available," said GM recall spokesperson Alan Adler to Autoblog in an email.

The recall covers 1.3 million Toyota units in the US, including 2009-2010 Corolla, Matrix and Tacoma, the 2008-2010 Highlander, the 2006-2008 Rav4 and 2006-2010 Yaris, plus the addition of the 2009-2010 Vibe. The models all have their airbag module attached via a spiral electrical cable. The connections on this cable can be damaged when turning the steering wheel. Once broken, the airbag deactivates and the airbag warning light comes on. Toyota has an improved part, but it's still making preparations to begin repairs. It will begin notifying owners soon.


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      x19x19
      • 8 Months Ago
      Might as well just park your car now, regardless of mfg. The way thing are going, sure to be recalled within the next couple of weeks.
      Finklestein
      • 8 Months Ago
      One recall to rule them all!
      bonehead
      • 8 Months Ago
      Im a fan of the Vibe. great little economy car with the practicality of cars much larger. But they really missed the boat on the second gen. I think the Vibe GT actually looks good but what it really really needed was the GM 2.0L turbo from the Cobalt SS. It would have had 100hp more and better mileage. would have been a hoot and practical.
        normc32
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        Throw in some refinement and sound deadening and Buick already has it in the Encore with a Trifecta Tune. My AWD Encore with that tune runs with the co-worker's V8 Silverado. And it does let up until they hit the 98 mph rev limiter.
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      Will Toyota provide them with the parts?
      normc32
      • 8 Months Ago
      So nice of General Motors to be fixing Toyota recalls too. :)
        Quest
        • 8 Months Ago
        @normc32
        One of the best built cars to wear a GM Brand badge, probably why they sold so well new and used. Great that Toyota was generous enough to build at least one decent car for GM huh? Wait until the new twinturbo V6 does a NorthStar nightmare to own and fix routine. ;-)
          Macvicar24
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Quest
          A GM car built with Toyotas help the best built car. Your mom drank in her first trimester.
          Quest
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Quest
          @Macvicar24 Haha a comedian. Dude that was an inside joke - a truism - in the biz when talking about GM cars in the 00's. If you wanted a a reliable volume GM car that held its value there was only one option - the one built by Toyota. Next You want to look up why NUMMI came into existence; you know, where they currently build Teslas ;-) Now Vic, go smoke another blunt with your mama ;-))
          Julius
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Quest
          Actually, the ironic thing is that the Vibe frequently trailed the Matrix in Consumer Reports rankings, even though they were materially the same.
      Tariff The Imports
      • 8 Months Ago
      In good faith this scumbag company should fix all recall issued to their competitors.
      northy989
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't the Matrix and Vibe share just about everything, not just "a large number of parts"? It was basically a Matrix with a Vibe badge stuck on it.
        Quest
        • 8 Months Ago
        @northy989
        Yup, one of the only well built reliable cars sold by GM at the time. Funny but true ;-)
          normc32
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Quest
          A guy has a Vibe at work. I remind him of the ecu, window switch and steering rack recalls. He just shakes his head.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Quest
          [blocked]
          Quest
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Quest
          @yonomo200 At the time the Vibe was being sold GM was selling IOn, Cobalts, G5, G6, Malibu (both versions of Ep 1), Auras etc... And you complain about - if taken at face value - a shattered window. Dude look up what was going on with those cars... Oh almost forgot the previous gen Impala with the High Value (too funny, I guess for GM) V6. The matrix/Vibe sold well and held their value in the market. Except for the G8, a car I owned, the only Pontiac that wasn't a fleet special POS in decades.
      Stinkyboy
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm hungry for Mickey D's
      Gene Markel
      • 8 Months Ago
      Recall them all and let the government sort'em out
      sp33dklz
      • 8 Months Ago
      They actually sold that many?
      Joe Y
      • 8 Months Ago
      And we all know who made the Vibe right? Yup the recall king Toyota!
      Thunder938
      • 8 Months Ago
      I had a Matrix XRS great car..the power train is all Toyota in both and the word was that Pontiac brought the intr. to both cars. Then each, Toyota and Pontiac, did their own body work. I kinda wish I still had mine, GREAT car
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