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GM Announces Pontiac Vibe Sudden Acceleration Fix

February 8, 2010
Dashboard - 2010 Pontiac Vibe 4-door HB FWD w/1SA

Dashboard - 2010 Pontiac Vibe 4-door HB FWD w/1SA

Pontiac is dead and soon to be gone--only a handful of cars remain on dealer lots--but General Motors today announced it will be fixing all 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe models affected by the sudden acceleration issue. The Vibe shares most of its parts and design with the recalled Toyota Matrix.

The fix is the same as Toyota's: Pontiac dealers will install a steel reinforcement bar into the accelerator pedal assembly, a procedure that should take about 30 minutes. The reason the Vibe is also affected is that it is essentially the same car as the Toyota Matrix, one of the cars within the scope of Toyota's latest recall, despite being manufactured in the Fremont, California NUMMI plant while the Matrix is built in Toyota's Ontario, Canada facility.

It's worth noting that while Toyota continues to hem and haw over the sudden acceleration issue, GM--perhaps thanks to its far greater experience with such matters--is stepping up to the plate with transparency, revealing the problem and offering to fix it. On the other hand, GM didn't beat Toyota to the punch, announcing the Vibe's fix about two weeks after Toyota's recall.

For owners of affected 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibes, GM will be mailing out letters starting February 16, and repairs will begin after February 22. In the mean time, GM is urging owners to remove any floor mats from the driver's side and to check the condition of their accelerator, brake and clutch pedals to ensure the floormats don't interfere should they choose to keep the floormats in place.

For a full roundup of Toyota's sudden acceleration issues, including the sticking accelerator and floormat recalls, read Bengt Halvorson's overview article here.

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