When it rains, it pours.
Joining Toyota, Nissan, and Ford in the faulty frenzy, General Motors has also announced its own fairly sizable recall. Despite the seeming irrelevance in the face of the brand’s future demise, the vehicles affected include over 10,000 Pontiac Vibes and braking components that have a tendency to freeze in “very low ambient temperatures.” Specifically, GM’s letter states that condensation from crankcase ventilation has the potential freeze up the brake vacuum’s intake manifold suction port, significantly reducing the braking system’s ability to function properly.
Because the problem only occurs as a result of repeated exposure to extremely cold weather, the recall only affects Vibes equipped with a 1.8L engine and initially sold or currently registered in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin or Wyoming. To correct the problem, dealers have been instructed to modify the brake vacuum line and then promptly chastise owners for buying a Vibe when they could have had a MazdaSPEED3 for roughly the same price.