General Motors Company has tested two Pontiac Vibe models this past Saturday at the Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan after several customers complained of sticking accelerator pedals, and found the brakes stop the vehicle in case of “unintended acceleration.”
“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.
It is the same defense originally put forth by Audi, with little positive effect, decades ago when unintended acceleration allegations were widely publicized by television newscasts.
The 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe shares the basic platform of the Toyota Matrix crossover,and is as a result included in two the Toyota recalls related to unintended acceleration – one for sticking accelerator pedals and one for possible floor mat entrapment. (more…)