15815-06: Product Safety Recall – Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator Module – 2008 Pontiac Vibe

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V127
Manufacturer Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Components AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 147,242

 

Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator may Rupture

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

 

Summary

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Lexus SC vehicles manufactured August 3, 2007, to July 30, 2010, 2008 Toyota Corolla vehicles manufactured May 25, 2007, to December 21, 2007, 2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured June 1, 2007, to December 18, 2007, and 2008 Pontiac Vibe vehicles manufactured June 1, 2007, to January 2, 2008. This is to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.

 

Remedy

The recall began on March 25, 2016 for Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners. The recall began on June 23, 2016 for GM owners. The respective dealers will either replace the front passenger air bag inflator or the entire front passenger air bag assembly depending on the model. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. This recall expands recall 15V-285.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

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#15815-06: Product Safety Recall – Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator Module – (Apr 3, 2018)

Subject: 15815–06 Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator Module
Models: 2008 Pontiac Vibe

Reference Number: N150815 Release Date: April 2018
 Revision: 06
Revision Description: This safety recall is included in the Takata Air Bag Completion Rate Improvement Program. This program is applicable to U.S. dealers only and includes a $50.00 dealer completion bonus along with authorization for dealers to provide involved vehicle owners with courtesy transportation while their vehicle is being repaired. Dealers should order parts on a Customer Special Order (CSO) only. Refer to GM Service Information Bulletin #18-NA-094 for program guidelines and discard all copies of bulletin 15815-05.
Attention: It is a violation of Federal law for a dealer to deliver a new motor vehicle or any new or used item of motor vehicle equipment (including a tire) covered by this notification under a sale or lease until the defect or noncompliance is remedied.

All involved vehicles that are in dealer inventory must be held and not delivered to customers, dealer traded, or used for demonstration purposes until the repair contained in this bulletin has been performed on the vehicle.

Make Model Model Year RPO Description
From To
Pontiac Vibe 2008 2008

Involved vehicles are marked “open” on the Investigate Vehicle History screen in GM Global Warranty Management system. This site should always be checked to confirm vehicle involvement prior to beginning any required inspections and/or repairs.

Condition The Pontiac Vibe was manufactured by New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between Toyota and GM. Toyota has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in all 2008 model year Pontiac Vibe vehicles that are not currently registered and, have never been registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, U.S. Samoa or U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result, GM is conducting a safety recall.

The subject vehicles are equipped with front passenger air bag inflators (Takata-designated SPI, PSPI, or PSPI-L) which may have been manufactured in such a way as to have a potential for the intrusion of moisture over time. Depending on the circumstances, this potential condition could create excessive internal pressure when the air bag is deployed, which could result in the body of the inflator rupturing upon deployment. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.

Correction Dealers are to replace the front passenger air bag inflator module.

 

Dealer Completion Bonus – US Dealers Only

General Motors will provide a $50.00 dealer completion bonus for the performance of the service procedure described in this bulletin. To qualify for the bonus, the repair must be performed at a GM dealership from January 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018 and the used air bag inflator returned as per applicable shipping instructions.

 

Parts Information

Parts required to complete this recall are to be obtained from General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales (GMCCA). Please refer to your “involved vehicles listing” before ordering parts. Parts are currently in limited supply, dealers are encouraged not to order recall parts for use as shelf stock. Parts may have quantity limiters in effect. Dealers should order parts on a CSO = Customer Special Order only. DRO’s may be cancelled. Orders may be reviewed prior to being filled.

Important: Due to flight restrictions for hazardous goods shipments, dealer orders may arrive via FedEx or with your normal PDC delivery. Therefore, dealers should order ONLY as CSO. Please do not place orders as SPAC or OVN, it will delay shipment of the order. Please note, parts will not be shipped overnight. Plan accordingly for extended transit time to reach your facility.

Reminder: Parts may be removed from RIM management. Dealers should review the affected parts to confirm RIM managed status.

Quantity Part Name Part No.
1 2005-2008 Air Bag Asm, I/P Kit *
(Includes Part Numbers 84103467 and 84103466)
19355534

* Do not discard or destroy the box containing the new front passenger air bag inflator assembly, it will be needed to return the used part. The box contains special instructions for the packaging and return shipment of the used part. There are different instructions for U.S. and Canadian dealers. The instructions must be followed without exception. Copies of the instructions are also included at the end of this bulletin.

ALL FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATOR ASSEMBLIES REPLACED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS RECALL MUST BE RETURNED – DO NOT DEPLOY OR OTHERWISE SCRAP THESE PARTS.

The person packing and shipping the used front passenger air bag inflator assembly must have received hazardous material training as per section 1.7.4.1 of the GM Service Policies and Procedures Manual and the training records must be on file at your dealership.

 

Courtesy Transportation – US Dealers Only

Dealers are authorized to provide alternate transportation to affected vehicle owners while their vehicle is at a GM dealership for performance of this recall between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018. This could include one-way or two-way shuttle service, one half-day vehicle rental or one full-day vehicle rental. Maximum courtesy transportation reimbursement is capped at one full-day vehicle rental. The availability of courtesy transportation to these vehicle owners is critical in encouraging them to make their vehicle available as soon as possible for this important safety
related repair. When scheduling service appointments, it is imperative that dealers make sure these vehicle owners clearly understand that some form of courtesy transportation is available and will be provided at no charge while their vehicle is being repaired.

 

Warranty Transaction Information

Labor Code Description Labor Time Trans. Type Net Item
9102299 Replace Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator Module 0.7* ZFAT ** ***

* Submit a $20.00 administrative allowance for return of the used front passenger air bag inflator assembly (document preparation and packaging). Add this amount in the Administrative Allowance Net Item field when submitting the repair transaction.

** U.S. Dealers ONLY – In conjunction with the Takata Air Bag Completion Rate Improvement Program, for each repair performed from January 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018, dealers are eligible for a $50.00 completion bonus. Add this amount in the Miscellaneous Net Item field when submitting the repair transaction.

*** U.S. Dealers ONLY – In conjunction with the Takata Air Bag Completion Rate Improvement Program, for each repair performed from January 1, 20187 through March 31, 2018, vehicle owners are eligible for courtesy transportation while their vehicle is being repaired. This could include one-way or two-way shuttle service, one half-day vehicle rental or one full-day vehicle rental. Maximum courtesy transportation reimbursement is capped at one full-day vehicle rental. If courtesy transportation is required, add the actual cost in the appropriate Net Item field when submitting the repair transaction. Refer to GM Warranty Administration Bulletin 07-00-89-037 for Courtesy Transportation Program administrative guidelines.

 

Service Procedure

Note: This field action bulletin provides service repair and labor time information for replacing the passenger side air bag inflator module. Other repairs, if required, are to be billed under warranty, goodwill assistance or customer pay.

  1. Connect the scan tool and determine if any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) have been set. Record set DTCs, if present, on the job card.
  2. Remove the instrument panel (I/P) compartment. Refer to Instrument Panel Compartment Replacement in SI.
  3. Disconnect cable from negative battery terminal. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection in SI.

Danger: Wait at least 90 seconds after disconnecting the cable from the negative battery terminal to prevent air bag and seat belt pretensioner deployment.

Caution: Avoid scratching or damaging the dashboard assembly. Place protective tape on the dashboard if needed.

  1. Remove the instrument panel passenger air bag assembly. Refer to Air bag Instrument Panel Module Replacement in SI.
  2. Place the air bag module on a clean work bench.

 

Safety Precautions

Warning: If an air bag system is not handled using proper procedures and methods, it may be activated accidentally during work resulting in a life-threatening serious accident. If the service procedure is NOT performed correctly, the system may fail to activate when needed. Be sure to perform the proper work safely and according to the instructions in this service procedure.

  • Eliminate Static Electricity. Before start of work, touch a metallic portion of the vehicle with a bare hand to discharge static electricity charged on your body.
  • DO NOT Measure Resistance. DO NOT measure resistance of air bag components. Measuring current of a circuit tester may cause accidental activation.
  • Handle The Air Bag Properly. If an inflator is dropped, replace it with a NEW inflator.
  • DO NOT Allow Foreign Objects Near Air bag. Collect and account for all removed nuts/bolts to prevent them from landing in the air bag assembly. Any foreign objects in the air bag assembly may cause damage or injury if the air bag is activated.
  • Wear Protective Equipment. Always wear appropriate protective equipment when working on the air bag.

Danger: To avoid personal injury or death, it is critical to use an air bag module bracket when replacing an inflator module. Carefully read and follow the instructions below:

Caution: Remember to periodically touch a metallic part of the vehicle to discharge static electricity in the body if the anti-static kit is not being used.

Avoid standing directly over the inflator

Caution: Avoid standing directly over the inflator.

 

Note: Place clean sheets of paper on the bench inflator side up.

  1. Carefully place the air bag on the bench inflator side up.
  2. Wrap a flat-blade screwdriver with tape.

Remove the cover

  1. Remove the cover.

3.1 Gently insert the screwdriver between the air bag door and module and disengage the claws holding the door to the module.

3.2 After all the claws have been disengaged, separate the module from the door.

3.3 Mark the old module so it is not reused.

3.4 Inspect the door for damage to the mounting slots.

Install the new module

  1. Install the new module.

4.1 Carefully slide the new module into the air bag door. Note the mounting direction.

Reengage the tangs

4.2 Reengage the tangs of the module into the door using the screwdriver with the shaft wrapped in tape.

air bag assembly

  1. Install the instrument panel passenger air bag assembly. Refer to Air bag Instrument Panel Module Replacement in SI.
  2. Install the instrument panel (I/P) compartment. Refer to Instrument Panel Compartment Replacement in SI.
  3. Connect cable from negative battery terminal. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection in SI.
  4. Connect the scan tool and determine if any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) have been set. Clear set DTCs, if required. Ensure no DTCs set after scan tool evaluation.

 

Dealer Responsibility — For USA & Export (USA States, Territories, and Possessions)

It is a violation of Federal law for a dealer to deliver a new motor vehicle or any new or used item of motor vehicle equipment (including a tire) covered by this notification under a sale or lease until the defect or noncompliance is remedied.

The US National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act provides that each vehicle that is subject to a recall of this type must be adequately repaired within a reasonable time after the customer has tendered it for repair. A failure to repair within sixty days after tender of a vehicle is prima facie evidence of failure to repair within a reasonable time. If the condition is not adequately repaired within a reasonable time, the customer may be entitled to an identical or reasonably equivalent vehicle at no charge or to a refund of the purchase price less a reasonable allowance for depreciation. To avoid having to provide these burdensome remedies, every effort must be made to promptly schedule an appointment with each customer and to repair their vehicle as soon as possible. In the recall notification letters, customers are told how to contact the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if the recall is not completed within a reasonable time.

 

Dealer Responsibility — All

All new, used, GM Certified Used, courtesy transportation vehicles, dealer shuttle vehicles, etc. in dealers’ possession and subject to this recall must be held and inspected/repaired per the service procedure of this bulletin before customers take possession of these vehicles.  Involved vehicles must be held and not delivered to customers, dealer-traded, released to auction, used for demonstration, or any other purpose.

All GM Certified Used vehicles currently in the dealers’ inventory within the Certified Pre-Owned Inventory System (CPOIS) will be de-certified and must be held and remedied per the service procedure in this bulletin.  Upon submitting an accepted/paid warranty transaction in the Global Warranty Management (GWM) system, the vehicle can be re-certified for sale within the CPOIS system, or once again be used in the CTP program.

Dealers are to service all vehicles subject to this recall at no charge to customers, regardless of mileage, age of vehicle, or ownership, from this time forward.

Customers who have recently purchased vehicles sold from your vehicle inventory, and for which there is no customer information indicated on the dealer listing, are to be contacted by the dealer. Arrangements are to be made to make the required correction according to the instructions contained in this bulletin. A copy of the customer letter is provided in this bulletin for your use in contacting customers. Recall follow-up cards should not be used for this purpose, since the customer may not as yet have received the notification letter.

In summary, whenever a vehicle subject to this recall enters your vehicle inventory, or is in your dealership for service in the future, you must take the steps necessary to be sure the recall correction has been made before selling or releasing the vehicle.

 

Dealer Reports

For dealers with involved vehicles, a listing with involved vehicles has been prepared and will be provided to U.S. and Canadian dealers through the GM GlobalConnect Recall Reports, or sent directly to export dealers. The listing may contain customer names and addresses obtained from Motor Vehicle Registration Records. The use of such motor vehicle registration data for any purpose other than follow-up necessary to complete this recall is a violation of law in several states/provinces/countries. Accordingly, you are urged to limit the use of this report to the follow-up necessary to complete this recall.

 

Courtesy Transportation — For USA & Canada

For purposes of this recall, it is permissible to provide a rental vehicle to those customers who express concern about continuing to operate their vehicle until the recall repair can be performed or who require alternate transportation while their vehicle is at the dealer for performance of the recall repair. The availability of courtesy transportation to such customers is very important in maintaining customer satisfaction. Dealers are to ensure that these customers understand that shuttle service or some other form of courtesy transportation is available and will be provided at no charge. See General Motors Service Policies and Procedures Manual, Section 6.1.10 – Courtesy Transportation, for details.

 

Customer Notification

For US and Canada — General Motors will notify customers of this recall on their vehicle.

For Export — Letters will be sent to known owners of record located within areas covered by the US National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

For owners outside these areas, dealers should notify customers using the attached sample letter.

 

Instructions

Instructions

Instructions
June 2016

Dear General Motors Customer:

This notice applies to your vehicle, VIN: _____________________________________

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

The Pontiac Vibe was manufactured by New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors.

Toyota has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in all 2008 model year Pontiac Vibe vehicles. As a result, GM is conducting a safety recall. We apologize for this inconvenience. However, we are concerned about your safety and continued satisfaction with our products.

Important:

  • Your vehicle is involved in GM safety recall 15815.
  • Schedule an appointment with your GM dealer
  • This service will be performed for you at no charge.
Why is your vehicle being recalled? Your vehicle is are equipped with front passenger air bag inflators which may have been manufactured in such a way as to have a potential for the intrusion of moisture over time. Depending on the circumstances, this potential condition could create excessive internal pressure when the air bag is deployed, which could result in the body of the inflator rupturing upon deployment. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.
What will we do? Your GM dealer will replace your vehicle’s front passenger air bag inflator. This service will be performed for you at no charge. Because of service scheduling requirements, it is likely that your dealer will need your vehicle longer than the actual service correction time of approximately one hour.

Until the repair is performed, the front passenger seat should NOT be occupied.

What should you do? You should contact your GM dealer to arrange a service appointment as soon as possible.
Do you have questions? If you have questions or concerns that your dealer is unable to resolve, please contact the appropriate Customer Assistance Center at the number listed below.
Division Number Text Telephones (TTY)
Pontiac 1-800-620-7668 1-800-833-7668
Puerto Rico – English 1-800-496-9992
Puerto Rico – Español 1-800-496-9993
Virgin Islands 1-800-496-9994

If after contacting your dealer and the Customer Assistance Center, you are still not satisfied we have done our best to remedy this condition without charge and within a reasonable time, you may wish to write the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590, or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1.888.327.4236 (TTY 1.800.424.9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign ID Number for this recall is 16V127.

Federal regulation requires that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days.

Jeffrey M. Boyer

Vice President

Global Vehicle Safety

GM Recall 15815


April 2018
15815-06

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-0778.pdf

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February 2018
15815-05

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-1019.pdf

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January 2018
15815-04

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCSB-16V127-4679.pdf

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October 2017
15815-03

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCSB-16V127-8805.pdf

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November 2016
15815-02

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCSB-16V127-1460.pdf

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August 2016
15815-01

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCSB-16V127-0443.pdf

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June 2016
15815

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCRIT-16V127-3207.pdf

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Owner Notification Letter

June 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCONL-16V127-9764.pdf

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Interim Owner Notification Letter

April 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCONL-16V127-7406.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

May 1, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-1483.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

April 3, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-2604.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

February 21, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-9199.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

January 10, 2018

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-2208.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

October 2, 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-8821.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

November 1, 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-0887.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

August 5, 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-2714.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

June 10, 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-9926.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

April 19, 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-1171.pdf

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Manufacturer Notice

March 16, 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCMN-16V127-9436.pdf

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Recall Acknowledgement

March 4, 2016

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2016/RCAK-16V127-8177.pdf

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