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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
20 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,700 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina seat belts / air bags problems

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1997 Chevrolet Lumina Owner Comments

problem #20

May 222006

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the contact stated there was a loss of consciousness while driving 65 mph. As a result, the contact rear ended another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. During pre-impact braking the front end of the vehicle lowered and went underneath the vehicle in front. The hood and radiator were pushed back however there was no damage to the front bumper. Although seat belts were in use, head and chest injuries were sustained. There was a police report filed at the scene. The manufacturer and insurance company are sending representatives to inspect the vehicle.

- Newington, CT, USA

problem #19

Mar 232006

Lumina 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles
Airbags did not deploy during crash. The car was totaled and neither airbag deployed at crash impact.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #18

Feb 092004

Lumina

  • miles
While driving and making a left turn steering column locked up. Driver was not able to maintain control of the vehicle and hit another vehicle. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Driver was not hurt. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the shaft inside of the steering wheel needed to be replaced.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #17

Mar 102003

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle hit a deer, and none of the air bags deployed, consumer was injured.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #16

Apr 142002

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit a deer at 35-40 mph, neither airbag deployed. Bumper was cracked and both headlights destroyed. Damage was $ $450.

- Portsmouth, IA, USA

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problem #15

Jan 272002

Lumina

  • miles
On Sunday January 27, 2002 I was involved in an accident as a result to a problem with the brakes on my 1997 Chevrolet Lumina ls model 4-door sedan that could have resulted in serious injury or death. About a week and half before the accident I knew I was having a problem with the vehicle stopping and I brought it to the original dealer where the vehicle was purchased at hurd Buick-Chevrolet-Pontiac-GMC trucks located in johnston, ri 02919, and had them look at the brake system of the vehicle. I explained the problem that when I applied the brake pedal the vehicle would have trouble stopping and I had to apply a great force on the pedal and allow more timing to stop than normal. The auto technician said nothing he could find wrong but adjusted the brakes and cleaned them. A week and half later while traveling to a drug store I applied the brake pedal as I was pulling into a parking space and the vehicle would not stop. Fortunately no one was in front of the vehicle except a concrete light pole base that I hit. The vehicle suffered extensive damage to the front bump, hood, and lights and right fender and the total cost of repair is $3,500. I was wearing my seatbelt and both the driver's airbag and passenger airbag did not dispense. The vehicle was towed to the autobody garage and the insurance company was notified. Even though I have applied the brake pedal to the floor I felt the vehicle lost half of its brake power to fully stop. I hope this incident can be prevented from happening again  next time it may be fatal.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #14

Nov 152001

Lumina

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Frontal collision with a phone pole at approximately 15 or more mph, estimated damages was $4,700. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Feel free to provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Nitro, WV, USA

problem #13

Apr 282000

(reported on)

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was involved in 25 mph head on collision in which driver's and passengers air bags did not deploy, cause unknown.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #12

Apr 072000

Lumina

  • miles
While driving at 40 mph had a frontal impact in which driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy, and did not protect the occupant in this crash. Also, passenger hit the windshield while seatbelted.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 012000

Lumina

  • miles
While crossing an intersection another vehicle passed a red light then struck consumer's vehicle on the passenger side from door to the front. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Graham, WA, USA

problem #10

May 021999

Lumina

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

During collision, airbag deployed - heavy cover on airbag compartment dislodged and struck passenger in face causing severe injuries

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #9

Mar 151999

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was driving approximately 45 mph, hit a deer with the front bumper and then ran into a enbankment head-on, passneger's side air bag did deploy, hit windshield and deployed outward. Driver's side airbag cover opened, but did not inflate, it was still folded, causing injuries.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #8

Mar 151999

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was driving approximately 45 mph, hit a deer with the front bumper and then ran into a enbankment head-on, passneger's side air bag did deploy, hit windshield and deployed outward. Driver's side airbag cover opened, but did not inflate, it was still folded, causing injuries.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 151999

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was driving approximately 45 mph, hit a deer with the front bumper and then ran into a enbankment head-on, passneger's side air bag did deploy, hit windshield and deployed outward. Driver's side airbag cover opened, but did not inflate, it was still folded, causing injuries.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 121999

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which both air bags deployed, the cover of the passenger side air bag went though the window, causing glass to shatter inside the vehicle.

- Middle Island, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 121999

(reported on)

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which both air bags deployed, the cover of the passenger side air bag went though the window, causing glass to shatter inside the vehicle.

- Middle Island, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 091998

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was driving on the highway at aproximately 63 mph a deer jumped in front of vehicle, causing vehicle to hit the deer. Driver's/passenger's air bags failed to deploy. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Creighton, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 091998

Lumina

  • miles
Consumer was driving on the highway at aproximately 63 mph a deer jumped in front of vehicle, causing vehicle to hit the deer. Driver's/passenger's air bags failed to deploy. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Creighton, MO, USA

problem #2

Dec 011997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle about less than 5 mph, trying to make a left turn, another oncoming vehicle driven about 40 mph, according to consumer, hit the consumer's vehicle that was driven by his wife at the time; having a side impact and both air bags did not deploy, causing injuries to head/back, etc. The driver was not taken to hospital. The consumer said, "he would like to return vehicle back to dealer where he bought the vehicle used.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 011997

Lumina

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle about less than 5 mph, trying to make a left turn, another oncoming vehicle driven about 40 mph, according to consumer, hit the consumer's vehicle that was driven by his wife at the time; having a side impact and both air bags did not deploy, causing injuries to head/back, etc. The driver was not taken to hospital. The consumer said, "he would like to return vehicle back to dealer where he bought the vehicle used.

- Auburn, WA, USA

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