Popular GM Vibe part of recall


by Trevor Greenway on February 4, 2010

2009 Pontiac Vibe

2009 Pontiac Vibe

The recent Toyota recall just got bigger, as one of the most popular Gatineau Hills cars, the Pontiac Vibe, made it onto the list of recalled vehicles.

The recall, due to an accelerator pedal getting stuck, affects 2009 and 2010 models of the Vibe, but according to Hamilton Motors President Richard Morrison none of his cars have come back with any issues yet.

“We have had nothing with any of our vehicles,” said Morrison.

The massive 2.3 million vehicle recall pertains to an accelerator pedal that is getting stuck on eight specific Toyota models including the RAV4, Corolla, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia and the Matrix. The Pontiac Vibe is essentially a Toyota Matrix, as it was built under a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Toyota named NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.)

Morrison added that Hamilton Motors is still waiting for answers from Toyota, but that the problem will most likely be fixed in a hurry.

“We are just waiting day by day,” said Morrison.

“But they are losing money, so I think it will be fixed pretty rapidly.”

Morrison said he is unsure as to how many affected vehicles have been sold in the area, but he urges people not to panic. He said that owners with affected vehicles will be notified as soon as possible.

“It’s a bad situation for everyone,” said Morrison.

Morrison, whose dealership has been in the family for years, said he has seen his share of recalls, but never one of this magnitude. Despite that, he said it will be business as usual: The new parts will come in and the vehicles will be fixed. For now he is just waiting for parts.

“As soon as we get the parts, we will get them in and fixed,” said Morrison.