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Old 04-13-2013, 11:25 AM
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Default Pontiac 2003 Vibe: front passenger airbag inflators rupture into shrapnel

Transport Canada recall:

GENERAL MOTORS issued a recall on the VIBE model

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Starting date: April 12, 2013 Type of communication: Recall Subcategory: Car Notification type: Safety Mfr System: Airbag Units affected: 7000 Source of recall: Transport Canada Identification number: 2013116 TC ID number: 2013116 Manufacturer recall number: 13112

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On certain vehicles, the passenger (frontal) airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment. Increased pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, which could allow fragments to be propelled toward vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of injury. This could also damage the airbag module, which could prevent proper deployment. Failure of the passenger airbag to fully deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the passenger airbag inflator.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:39 AM
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NHTSA version:

Report Receipt Date: APR 11, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V133000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected:

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
  • LEXUS SC 2002-2004
  • PONTIAC VIBE 2002-2004
  • TOYOTA COROLLA 2002-2004
  • TOYOTA SEQUOIA 2002-2004
  • TOYOTA TUNDRA 2002-2004

Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Toyota is recalling certain model year 2002 through 2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.


In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.


Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and General Motors will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Toyota and Lexus owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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