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NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,439 miles

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012004

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,878 miles


Passenger side side airbag deployed upon closing door. This is located in the drivers seat and is also called a side curtain air bag. Would like investigated by GM. This vehicle does have a SDM module that should have data they could retreave. Airbag has not been repaced as of yet. Interior molding was damaged due to impact with air bag. Vehicle was running and in park.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 262002

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The metal frame seat bolster on the driver's side in my 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette has broken through the foam cusion and has begun to damage the leather. I am concerned that if this vehicle were in an accident the metal would impale the driver. I have contacted General Motors several times only for them to tell me someone would have to be injured before they would recongnize this as a problem. A relative has the exact same mini-van (year and model) and is experiencing the same problem. I have received an estimate of repair from an independent auto upholstery shop and found it interesting that when I told the gentleman what type of vehicle it was he knew exactly what the problem was prior to looking at the vehicle. He indicated that he has repaired many of these. We also found out that General Motors has redesigned the drivers and passengers seats in the Silhouette, either providing more seat frame protection or removing the metal portion that is protruding from my vehicle.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

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