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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems

2008 Pontiac G6 (Page 4 of 4) Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 3
Average Mileage:
87,595 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.

2008 Pontiac G6 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #15

Nov 302012


  • 87,000 miles


After starting my vehicle the service tire pressure monitor warning light turned on and has not turned off. Shortly after this, my service air bag light also turned on. It turns off after the car is turned off and restarted however it does this about every 5 times I start my car.

- Pleasant Hill, IA, USA

problem #14

Sep 152013


  • 83,700 miles
As I was pulling away from a stop light in a busy area the air bags deployed all of the sudden on their own without impact. I was able to slowly pull over into the michael's store near by. The air bags hit my head and arm. The entire side air bag system, including the seat mechanism exploded from the driver's seat to the back passenger.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

problem #13

May 012012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated the air bag and seat belt failed. The air bag warning light remained illuminated and the seat belt made a beeping sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic test performed, which located the failure within the air bag sensor. The air bag sensor was replaced; however, the failure was not corrected. The air bag warning light illuminated and the seat belt continued to beep. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. The current mileage was 118,000.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #12

Jul 262013


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the driver crashed into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The driver was not injured and a police report was filed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing of the air bag failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 132012


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that when the engine was started, the passenger's side air bag deployed inadvertently accompanied with a loud explosion. The contact called the dealer and the dealer stated that the passenger's side air bag would sporadically deploy without the vehicle being involved in a crash, caused by moisture in the control circuit. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Loudon, TN, USA

problem #10

Mar 042013

G6 6-cyl

  • 780,000 miles
Service air bag light comes on...will stay on and then switch off. When a passenger is in seat it states air bag is off.I am hearing tons of reports of 2008 G6 with same faulty air bag sensor/modules/harness systems. This is an important issue the needs to be addressed alot of people will be seriously hurt if these airbags shut off with passengers in the seat. Please recall these cars! dealerships are giving customers the run around with these issues and people are paying 1000S of dollars to have fixed and alot of times after replacing the seat sensor or the module the light still stays on and air bags aren't going to work properly in a crash.

- Ware , MA, USA

problem #9

May 012008

G6 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


Upon the purchase of a brand new Pontiac G6 in 2008, I have had several problems from about the 5000 mile mark. It began with my tail lights staying on while driving, no matter what speed. When I apply the brakes, they would go off and come on while driving. A month later steering column started to knock when making turns, the dealership has regreased the shaft and the noise went away for a few weeks and has continued to make the noise. The dealer said it will not hurt anything and will not regrease it. All of these issues have been happening for 4 consecutive years. I have replaced several head lamps, once about every 2 months and wiring harness because they melt. The power steering started to go out in November of 2012 and several times since; it locks up and I am unable to drive it for a while and it just magically fixes itself. I had trouble putting my vehicle in park in January 2013 and my key would not come out of the ignition. I left it in for a few days and it came back out. Yesterday, February 23, 2013 the airbag service light has come on. We have checked all fuses, and there seems to be none out. The vehicle has never been in any accident not even a dent on the vehicle. I have never recieved a recall for the vehicle either. Maybe they are just not getting to me?

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Jun 182011

G6 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
First the rear door actuator worked 50% of time.then 0%. cruise worked intermittent. Brake lights on while driving.hence stuck on. Passenger side airbag module faulty. Inopt. In that order. Al have to be related and its a known problem in Pontiac. And GM wants 730 to replace module 232 for door actuator.its B.S recall 2008 G6. They have recalled G8 for similar problems.

- Lewiston, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 162012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the driver was traveling at an unknown speed when the accelerator pedal became stuck in open throttle, causing the vehicle to accelerate to 107 mph. The vehicle rolled over a dip in the road, left the road, went airborne, rolled over five times and landed upside down on its roof. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver was fatally injured. The manufacturer as well as with the highway patrol was investigating the crash. The mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Statham, GA, USA

problem #6

Sep 212012

G6 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
They should add the same recalls for the cobalt and G5 to the G6. It is basically the same car with the same problems. These problems exist on my G6 and many others on the G6 blogs.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 312012


  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that the driver frontal air bag failed to deploy after a vehicle crashed into the contact driver front while attempting to turn left. The contact sustained injuries to the chest, neck, and right arm. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the tow-yard. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 6,000.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 282011

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
My air bag sensor turned on in my car and it says to service my air bag. I called GM and they want to charge me $99 to put it on the machine. I have done some research and it seems like most of the Pontiac have air bag sensor problems. Can you let me know what recall there is on them. Thank you

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 062010


  • 66,000 miles
Was involved in an accident where the car hydroplaned and hit a side rail on a bridge. The front of the car is messed up but my airbags did not deploy.

- Laplace, LA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009


  • 10,000 miles
The passenger airbag sensor turns the airbag off when passenger sits off center. The airbag sensor will not reset if the passenger moves back to center of seat. I have had the sensor replaced and it will do the same thing. The only way to reset it is to turn the car off. I don't think this is safe and would like you to consider recalling the airbag sensor system.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #1

Nov 032007


  • 125 miles
My daughter was driving a 2007 Pontiac G-6. she was going around a curve entering the express way and the car did not respond to her turning the wheel therefore the car went into the ditch. The air bags did not deploy. Consiquently she fractured her back. September 2007 in November 2007 my son was driving a 2008 Pontiac G-6. he was going around a curve the car did not respond. The car rolled over hit a tree and killed my son. The air bags did not go off.

- Charlotte, MI, USA

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