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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,238 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.

2009 Pontiac G5 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 152015

G5 4-cyl

  • 55,907 miles


Started car (2009 Pontiac G5) with 55,907 mileage morning of 02/15/2015 and vehicle displayed "service air bag" and showed red airbag dash symbol which did not turn off indicating airbags were off and would not deploy in the case of an accident. Car also displays "passenger airbag off" even in the instance there is a passenger in the vehicle. This has been happening everyday for the last week. I've noticed a lot of people with this same issue even after ignition switch was replaced with the recent recall. I was not having this problem before that system was replaced so I'm thinking there is a connection that is causing this issue to occur. Bought this car brand new and have never gotten into an accident. I have noticed that a lot of people with this vehicle have gotten into accidents where the airbags never deployed at all. I think this is something that should be looked into as it has caused many injuries and deaths.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 212010


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G5. While driving at 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and crashed into a guardrail. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Apr 072014

G5 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac G5. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The dealer informed the consumer, the parts were not available.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 022014


  • miles


2009 Pontiac G5. Consumer writes in regards to parts not available at dealership.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252012


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G5. The contact stated the vehicle was hit head on by a trailer that had detached from another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy upon impact. The contact suffered neck and back injuries. A police report was taken. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

- Bronson, TX, USA

problem #3

May 012014

G5 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
While waiting for the recall parts to come in for my Pontiac I was the victim in a head on collision in which my air bags failed to deploy. The speed of impact was between 35-40 mph when I hit head on. At my doctor visit I was diagnosed with severe whiplash in which I had to take time off of work as well. I wanted to bring this defect to your attention in case you can fix this defect before there are any other victims involved. I'm now very scared to get back in the car I have which is currently at dutton motor co in riverside awaiting it's tremendous repairs although the air bags are still in tact. If you have any information for me or any questions feel free to email me at [xxx] [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 192014


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while driving downhill approximately 45 mph on a gravel road, the vehicle spun out of control and landed upside down. The contact sustained bumps, bruises and lacerations to different parts of the body. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage facility. A police report was filed of the incident. The air bags did not deploy during the impact. There were two recalls under NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14V047000 (air bags, electrical system) and 14V171000 (electrical system). The contact experienced the failure consequence prior to receiving the recall notification. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Niota, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 032014

G5 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I was T-boned and the airbag did not deploy. I had numerous indications from the instrument panel to check the airbags since I bought the car in 2009 and at least three times I took the car to two different dealerships and they checked and said they could not find anything wrong.

- Galveston, TX, USA

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