General Motors is recalling 161,754 2005-’08 Pontiac Vibes to correct a problem with the engine control module that could lead to engine stalling. The campaign is linked directly to last week’s recall by Toyota of more than 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles from the same model years. All three vehicles — Vibe, Corolla and Matrix — are based on the Corolla platform.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the engine control module on cars equipped with the 1ZZ-FE (LV6) engine and two-wheel drive “may have been improperly manufactured.”
NHTSA said that, in some cases, “the engine may not start or the engine could shut off while the vehicle is being driven.”
GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but its dealers will correct the defective cars free of charge. Contact GM at 800-620-7668 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.