Is it a Pontiac? Is it a Toyota? Well, the Vibe hatchback was a bit of both. Sold by General Motors dealers, the five-door was largely designed and manufactured by Toyota -- which caused the car to be lumped into the Japanese automaker’s recent rash of recalls.
Although it was originally unclear how owners of Vibes affected by the recall would seek repair, GM announced today it was sending repair parts to its dealerships starting today. In a statement, GM said that the “precision-cut steel reinforcement bar” (aka “shim”) will begin shipping out to GM dealers around the country this week. GM will begin sending letters to Vibe owners starting Tuesday, February 16, advising them of the recall and instructing them to contact their local dealer after February 22, when all the parts and instructions should be in stock.
According to GM, the repair should only take about 30 minutes, though backlogs at dealer service centers could mean longer wait times for some customers. GM also said that a second letter will be sent to Vibe owners in the future when a permanent fix is found for the interfering floor mat problem. Until then, GM is continuing to urge Vibe owners to remove their floor mats and place them in the trunk.