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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,250 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.

2001 Pontiac Aztek seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 302015

Aztek

  • 153,000 miles

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

The driver side seat airbag deployed after the driver shut their door, while the car was in park.

- Redwood, NY, USA

problem #15

May 012015

Aztek

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Aztek. While attempting to close the door, the air bags deployed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Rockchester , NY, USA

problem #14

Feb 242014

Aztek

  • 196,000 miles
Was driving the car the passenger airbag deployed. Like to scare me to death.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #13

Jun 292012

Aztek

  • 197,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac aztec. The contact stated that while loading the vehicle with boxes, the side air bag deployed erroneously, striking a passenger. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was waiting for a corporate engineer to further inspect the damage. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 197,000.

- Maxwell, IA, USA

problem #12

Oct 152008

Aztek

  • miles
Fuel leakage: System malfunctioning-inability to make a good seal... tank-leakage fuel/emissions- detect problem currently passenger air bag may need pin replace: Wish to have all checked out! safety child seat holder may not be functional.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 272005

Aztek 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Aztek passenger side air bag deployed while parked. ***** the deployment of the air bag, left the consumers fiance and two children with temporary hearing loss.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 112003

(reported on)

Aztek

  • miles

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

While pulling into driveway accelerater pedal became stuck in full throttle, causing driver to hit a wall. Upon impact, air bags didn't deploy.

- South Salem, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 272003

(reported on)

Aztek

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with air bags. Also stated that her size will actually not allow her to drive the vehicle because it has an air bag.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 082002

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a roll over accident highway speeds. Upon impact air bags did not deploy, causing injury to the driver. Consumer stated the side airbags failed and the seatbelt did not restrain him.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #7

Jun 182002

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at highway speeds, the steering had become inoperative, causing loss of vehicle control. (vehicle rolllover) driver sustained and injury. The driver/passenger seat belts were inoperative and the air bags did not deploy.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #6

Jun 182002

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The driver was ejected from vehicle, in a rollover. The driver was properly restrained, and sustained injury. The consumer stated the transaxle failed. The vehicle suddenly swerved off of the road and rolled. The seat belt locking device did not lock, and the front-side air bags did not deploy.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #5

Oct 312001

Aztek

  • miles
The air bag light stays on after the vehicle is started, left side air bag module replaced and dealer found an internal open circuit.

- Richmond, CD, USA

problem #4

Nov 202001

Aztek

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn stopped working, dealer replaced airbag module 3 times in a 2 month period. Problem kept reoccurring.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #3

Mar 082001

Aztek

  • miles
Consumer states on going problem with air bag senor light keep coming on and staying on while driving, vehicle been to the dealer on four occasion and the problem still reoccurring. Nlm

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 012001

Aztek

  • miles
I am very disturbed by this vehicle. This is the 2nd "new" car I have bought from tom pedens and it is also the 2nd "lemon" I traded in a 2000 Grand Prix because of all of the trouble I was having plus I lost $2,000 on the trade-in, but I needed a dependable car, and I chose the "aztec" and received another lemon. Now what do I do" the mechanics say that they can't do anything for the rattles, remote, or the latch, so did I spend $22,000 for another car? I work hard for my money and look out for the safety of my children. Really how safe are they, when they get in a brand new car that is falling apart" please help me!!!!

- Middleport, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001

(reported on)

Aztek

  • miles
After starting vehicle air bag light would remain on. Electrical system would also fail. Vehicle would act erratically. Had vehicle test driven twice by mechanic before problem was noticed. Mechanic disabled air bag, but could not locate cause of electrical system failure.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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