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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,736 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Oldsmobile Alero seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 052016


  • 135,000 miles


My granddaugher to be ran into the back of another can going only about 25 mph. The airbags came out but did not deflate. They had a cut in them. She did not get hurt but if she had been going faster or if I had been driving and had a wreck it could have caused major damage. She was on a side street

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #8

May 152015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and the security and air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The technician stated that the power control module also needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Springville, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 032014


  • 189,283 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph and going over a bump, the driver and passenger side air bag warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 189,283.

- Kilmichael, MS, USA

problem #6

Dec 132013

Alero 6-cyl

  • miles


While driving down a street a car ran a stop sign causing a T-bone collision. My airbags never deployed because of my airbags not deploying I hit my head on the front window pane. If the airbag had deployed I would have never hit the front window causing my two head contusions, sprained neck, and herniated discs.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 192014

Alero 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
My son was driving down a road when the engine stopped running. He had no brakes or power steering causing him to leave the roadway and crash into a fence. The crash didn't deploy the airbag, but caused sever damage to the car, resulting in it being totaled. It was towed to a junk yard where it was sold as scrap. Fortunately my son was only slightly injured, and did not require medical attention. I contacted GM after receiving their recall notice in September, 2014. I spoke with a representative there asking just for the replacement cost of the car since the recall notice described exactly what happened when the car crashed. The representative declined the claim stating they could not inspect the car. The claim # is [xxx]. I feel this is unfair as at the time of the crash we were not aware of this recall notice and felt no obligation at the time to report it to GM. I also have a copy of the police report, and can forward that to you if needed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cedar Rapids , IA, USA

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problem #4

Jun 012010

Alero 4-cyl

  • 165,340 miles
June 2010(irving, tx) - the gear shaft button popped out which made shifting from park to reverse or drive almost impossible without sticking something hard inside, like a pen. Vehicle would become difficult to start, typically after third try it would start.. the vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnosis or repaired as I could not afford it at the time, . I was involved in an accident, in which my Alero was totaled after failing to stop because power steering and brakes locked, the airbags never deployed. The approximate mileage was 165,340 at the time of failure

- Madison, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 192014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the air bag housing failed, exposing the air bag. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

- Visalila, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152009


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact crashed into the rear driver's side door of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and there were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed and was towed to a collision center. The failure and current mileages were 119,000.

- Harrisburg, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 092004


  • miles
While driving slowing over some railroad tracks the air bags deployed.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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