Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, told Edmunds on Saturday the Vibes are included in two larger Toyota recall campaigns to replace defective passenger-side front airbags — one for high absolute humidity areas and one for non-high absolute humidity areas.
There are 89,719 affected Vibes in high absolute humidity areas, such as Gulf Coast states. There are 252,685 Vibes in non-absolute humidity areas.
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its recall summary.
Adler said the totals include about 99,000 previously recalled Vibes. The Vibe is the sibling of the Toyota Matrix.
"GM knows of no field issues — irregular deployments — with these airbag inflators," Adler said.
Toyota engineered and designed the Vibe. The car was jointly manufactured at a Fremont, California plant GM previously ran in a joint venture with Toyota.
GM dealers will replace the defective passenger-side front airbags. Pontiac Vibe owners will receive their official recall notification from General Motors. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact GM customer service at 1-800-762-2737.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait to receive their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their local dealer.