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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,222 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.

1998 Pontiac Firebird seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Pontiac Firebird Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 292004

Firebird 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

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

While driving 30 mph the vehicle was involved in a head on collision. The dual air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled due to severe damage. Driver hit shoulder on the steering wheel that caused a ligament tear, and passenger suffered a cut on the head.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 142001

Firebird

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would fail to stop when applying ABS brakes suddenly to avoid an accident at 45mph. Had hit another vehicle at 90 degree angle. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver was injured, but not treated at emergency room, went to private doctor.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #7

Jan 212001

Firebird

  • miles
While driving about 50 mph and trying to avoid a deer on road, drove over a wet spot, lost control and crashed into a tree. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy.

- Crest View, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 092000

(reported on)

Firebird

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 40-45 mph hit a soft spot on shoulder, vehicle spun out of control, hit mail box/ phone box/tree, and rolled over, comming to a stop in middle of road, upside down. Airbags did not deploy. Vehicle was totalled.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #5

Sep 101999

Firebird

  • miles
In stop and go traffic rear ended another vehicle, and neither airbag deployed. Vehicle was towed to dealer.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 101999

Firebird

  • miles
In stop and go traffic rear ended another vehicle, and neither airbag deployed. Vehicle was towed to dealer.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

May 251999

Firebird

  • miles

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

Vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle which fishtailed consumer's car, causing vehicle to spin out of control without hitting anything. Both air bags deployed, causing damages to front windshield which tore open, allowing chemicals to escape, making it difficult for consumer to breath and control vehicle. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

May 251999

Firebird

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident with another vehicle which fishtailed consumer's car, causing vehicle to spin out of control without hitting anything. Both air bags deployed, causing damages to front windshield which tore open, allowing chemicals to escape, making it difficult for consumer to breath and control vehicle. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 031999

Firebird

  • miles
Consumer was driving on the highway, and hit a deer on the driver's side and the deer flew onto the roof of the car. The car crashed into a ditch of water, and went under water. Electrical system locked the doors. The T-top glass roof would not open. Passenger's window was opened, to get consumer out. Also, driver's airbag did not deploy at all.

- Eldorado, AK, USA

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