After the 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe was lumped into Toyota’s recalls for sticking accelerator pedals and faulty floormats, General Motors performed its own tests to illustrate that the car — like other Toyotas — can safely be stopped.
“We ran the Vibe wide open at 60 miles an hour and the brakes were able to bring the vehicle to a safe stop within 169 meters, consistent with our internal requirement for brake performance,” said Martin Hogan, GM director of brake systems.
According to GM, the best way to slow down your 2009-2010 Vibe, should it begin to unintentionally accelerate, is to firmly apply the brakes until you have to come to a stop. Don’t pump the brake pedal, as it depletes the vacuum reservoir used for the power brake system. Moving the gearshift into neutral can also help slow a vehicle with a stuck accelerator pedal.
GM says prior to the recall announcements, it had not received any complaints regarding this issue from consumers, although several customers came forward with complaints following Toyota’s recall. GM says it’s still unclear how soon parts will be available for the 99,000 affected Vibe owners in the U.S. and Canada.
Source: General Motors