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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,133 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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2011 GMC Acadia seat belts / air bags problems

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2011 GMC Acadia Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 152015


  • miles


"tamara recall". I received several notices. Initially auto dealership denied recall existed. Now claims it doesn't apply to my car. Original owner and live in South Florida. What engine the heck is going on" do we have to have a fatal injury to get their attention? engine mounts keep breaking, 16,000 mile intervals. First time dealership replaced. Now at 33,000 miles my phone problem? guess we need catastrophic failure before manufacturer engineers better engine mounts"! low mileage vehicle, careful driver on good roads. Please send feedback.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 292015


  • 70,000 miles
A clogged ac evaporator drain tube caused water to pool inside my car and shorted out the airbag system. I read online that it is a very common issue and my local dealership told me I was the 7th one this month (all Acadias) that have had this problem. Very expensive to fix but more concerning; I have no airbags now!

- Kenmare, ND, USA

problem #9

Dec 262014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to airbag recall issues. The consumer received the air bag recall notice in July 2014. He scheduled an appointment and the vehicle was repaired. The air bag light illuminated. The consumer was informed he would have to pay half of the diagnostic fee.

- Manchester, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 032014


  • 14,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who repaired the vehicle but the failure persisted. The repair parts were unknown. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #7

May 012014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to corrosion and/or loose crimps in seats mounted side impact airbag wiring harness connectors recall notice. The consumer stated he received a second recall notice, for additional repairs. However, the dealer stated the repairs were done, and GM sent the notice in error.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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problem #6

Jul 152014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
I've received 3 notices about recalls. GM told me July the parts are now available, but when I call my dealer they indicated they'll put me a waiting list for when they actually receive the parts. Why isn't GM sending dealers enough parts to handle these recalls. My dealer is great it's just GM that is creating problems. Telling us they have the parts, then they don't send them to the dealers. My dealer is very frustrated over this as I am. Thank you in advance for pushing GM a little to get the parts to the dealers so that I (we) can get our vehicles repaired.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 252014


  • 66,000 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact was driving at an unknown speed when another vehicle crashed into the driver's door and front driver's side wheel. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact and the passenger sustained neck and shoulder injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the parts for NHTSA campaign number: 14V118000 (air bags) were unavailable to perform the repair. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Little Rock , AR, USA

problem #4

Mar 272014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 35,950 miles
For two weeks leading up to the 3/27/14 incident, every time we started the car the air would not come on and we would have to manually turn the air on. When we turned the car off, the air would stay on. Two weeks later, when I was operating the vehicle, the gauges on the instrument panel started going haywire displaying dozens of messages, and the all of the gauges would shoot up, then bottom out at 0, then shoot up again, etc.. I turned the car off, and when I came back later to start it, the car wouldn't start but the electrical stuff came on. After several attempts to get the car to start, I roll down my windows and then try it again, and the car started. I drove it straight to the dealership. The dealership replaced the body control module and some wires and said they fixed the problem. Less than 48 hours later, the same thing with the gauges and warning lights happened. We immediately sent an email to the service department since it was the weekend and they were closed. On Monday, the car died again, but the radio kept coming on/off....I fiddled with the radio and the car started. I drove it straight to the dealership. They can't get the car to "mess up" again, and are waiting for it to do the same thing it did for me, so they can figure out how to fix it. I am concerned that the car is showing significant electrical problems that include safety equipment, yet GMC is ready to turn the car back on the road. Note: All recalls are up to date and the dealer has been in communication with GMC.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #3

Apr 032013


  • 56,710 miles
The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph when the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated consistently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the passenger's side air bag was faulty. The manufacturer was notified of the problem, who informed the contact that a defect was not covered under the service warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,710.

- Youngwood , PA, USA

problem #2

May 192012

Acadia 6-cyl

  • miles
Since May 2012 our "check air bag" light has repeatedly appeared. The dealer told us that when that light is on, the airbags will not deploy. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer to be repaired at least 4 times. The most recent of which was on December 20, 2012. We were told GM discovered a new repair that they were 90% certain would fix the problem with the passenger airbag detector. The light appeared again tonight, less than one month after the new repair. GMC has been completely non-responsive. The dealer (koons) would only repair the car when the light appears, which is a problem when it flashes intermittently. The fact that we cannot rely on our airbags to deploy is an extreme safety concern.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262012

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 48,800 miles
When I tried to park my 2011 Acadia sle, the accelerator became stuck causing the front of my car to crash into a health club wall. When I saw people running inside the health club I thought I had rolled over someone. So, I tried to back up and when I put the car in reverse it shot backwards with a rolling force and hit an iron post. To keep the wheels from continuously rolling, I had to slam the gear into park and turn the ignition off. I believe this accident should be investigated further before someone else is injured or killed.

- Slaughter, IL, USA

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